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Inside HeadHoods' Workshop

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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.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    A table in Clinton's workshop frames a cello.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Clinton and his girlfriend Martha both work on the clothing creations.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Clinton and his girlfriend Martha both work on the clothing creations.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  A sock monkey cutout before it gets stitched to a hoodie.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    A sock monkey cutout before it gets stitched to a hoodie.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Audrey Hepburn screen-printed on a glass block.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Audrey Hepburn screen-printed on a glass block.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Heavy-duty sewing machines in the often entropic studio.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Heavy-duty sewing machines in the often entropic studio.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  HeadHoods' sock monkey designs are stacked neatly on the floor.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    HeadHoods' sock monkey designs are stacked neatly on the floor.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  This surreal chair looks like it was fashioned from scavenged materials.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    This surreal chair looks like it was fashioned from scavenged materials.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  A few of the iconic images that might find their way onto a 
HeadHoods design  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    A few of the iconic images that might find their way onto a HeadHoods design

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Even more cutouts on one of Clinton's workbenches.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Even more cutouts on one of Clinton's workbenches.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  This cheeky statement was screen printed on glass.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    This cheeky statement was screen printed on glass.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Artwork, books, and musical instruments live in every nook of the workshop.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Artwork, books, and musical instruments live in every nook of the workshop.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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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.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Though the studio is packed to the gills with art supplies, most everything is organized. Take note of the customized Dunkin' Donuts box.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Faces on wood blocks line the ceiling.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Faces on wood blocks line the ceiling.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  One of Clinton's many screenprints.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    One of Clinton's many screenprints.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  A Marilyn Monroe screen print.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    A Marilyn Monroe screen print.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  In an effort to conserve space, the hoodies are stacked to the ceiling.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    In an effort to conserve space, the hoodies are stacked to the ceiling.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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