The band’s style chief was bassist Paul Simonon and he has just launched his own range with the Sailor Jerry brand who have been very busy at the festivals this year launching their whole brand which somehow mixes a legendary tattoo artist, a type of rum and a seedy yet hip view of post war Americana that could come froma Tom Waits song.
The legendary American “flash” tattoo artist Norman Collins AKA Sailor Jerry had a distinct and highly influential style and Simonon himslef sports the motif anchor tattoo which he got the rest of the Gorillaz to ink as well on their last tour.
Takking things one step further he’s collaborated with the Collins-themed lifestyle/tribute brand on a very limited-edition clothing line dubbed “The Flash Collection.” The three-piece collection ties in nicely with elements of the classic punk uniform: a leather jacket, a T-shirt, and a neckerchief.
The Lightning Jacket, at $2,300, is the most impressive design. Based on Simonon’s own early Clash-era one, it is fully customized with his illustrated interpretation of Collins’ skull and crossbones motif and the slogan “Jack to a King.” The T-shirts ($50) and neckerchief ($30) also feature Simonon’s hand-drawn designs, again based on two cult favorite Sailor Jerry tattoos, a mermaid riding an anchor, and hula girls on ukuleles (you’ve seen them around). The Flash Collection is available today at SailorJerryClothing.com and Trico.