Inside HeadHoods' Workshop

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January 12, 2011

On a cold winter's day a few weeks back, I boarded a train to Brooklyn where I met Clinton Van Gemert and his girlfriend Martha. Clinton is the brains behind HeadHoods, a unique brand of hoodies that feature iconic faces (Grace Jones, Gumby, sock monkeys). I went to see the clothing, but I left snapping only images of his workspace. It's cluttered and curated with art, objects, furniture, books, and instruments. It would take weeks to fully take everything in, and I hope my images do the chaotic expressions of his art justice.

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  A table in Clinton's workshop frames a cello.
    A table in Clinton's workshop frames a cello.
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  Clinton and his girlfriend Martha both work on the clothing creations.
    Clinton and his girlfriend Martha both work on the clothing creations.
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  A sock monkey cutout before it gets stitched to a hoodie.
    A sock monkey cutout before it gets stitched to a hoodie.
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  Audrey Hepburn screen-printed on a glass block.
    Audrey Hepburn screen-printed on a glass block.
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  Heavy-duty sewing machines in the often entropic studio.
    Heavy-duty sewing machines in the often entropic studio.
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  HeadHoods' sock monkey designs are stacked neatly on the floor.
    HeadHoods' sock monkey designs are stacked neatly on the floor.
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  This surreal chair looks like it was fashioned from scavenged materials.
    This surreal chair looks like it was fashioned from scavenged materials.
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  A few of the iconic images that might find their way onto a 
HeadHoods design
    A few of the iconic images that might find their way onto a HeadHoods design
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  Even more cutouts on one of Clinton's workbenches.
    Even more cutouts on one of Clinton's workbenches.
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  This cheeky statement was screen printed on glass.
    This cheeky statement was screen printed on glass.
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  Artwork, books, and musical instruments live in every nook of the workshop.
    Artwork, books, and musical instruments live in every nook of the workshop.
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  Though the studio is packed to the gills with art supplies, most everything is organized. Take note of the customized Dunkin' Donuts box.
    Though the studio is packed to the gills with art supplies, most everything is organized. Take note of the customized Dunkin' Donuts box.
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  Faces on wood blocks line the ceiling.
    Faces on wood blocks line the ceiling.
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  One of Clinton's many screenprints.
    One of Clinton's many screenprints.
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  A Marilyn Monroe screen print.
    A Marilyn Monroe screen print.
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  In an effort to conserve space, the hoodies are stacked to the ceiling.
    In an effort to conserve space, the hoodies are stacked to the ceiling.
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