For our 21st birthday Bored took a look back through at some of our favourite store t-shirts over the years, We delved into the Bored vaults and picked out 21 of our old shop tee's, and held a public vote. The design that received the most public votes has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and is heading in to production once again.
The winner of the Vote is the perfect personification of the community that surrounds our Albert road store.
You see the thing about Portsmouth is,
It’s not just a people’s city,
It’s a people’s island.
And with that that comes such a pungent community spirit,
Which has lead to us having seen our shop classic Southsea Bronx tee, being proudly worn on the beaches of Thailand, to the mountains of New Zealand, to the clubs of Ibiza and on the terraces of Fratton Park.
So it should have come as no surprise that the design that was chosen to resurface, displays such a strong worded message of us to the world.
Our store like the city has gone to battle,
Invaders have come and invaders have lost,
Be it the French Armada,
Be it the Axis Powers,
Be it Route One.
“NO ONE TAKES THE PORTSMOUTH”.
The Haslemere Road tee shows one of our many rows of terraced housing not far from the shop, in which you see a young Rob Silvester, Author of the book Rolling with the 6:57 crew, which reveals the stories of Portsmouth’s world famous hooligan Contingent, stood in front of the famously Spray Painted message to all visitors of Fratton Park. “Saints Always Run From Pompey, NO ONE TAKES THE PORTSMOUTH, PFC, up the blues”.
In Rob’s book, several graffiti involved exploits are talked on, notably a trip to Plymouth in the early 80’s which gave the crew early national fame, when the words “6:57 KICK TO KILL” were spray painted on the side of Stonehenge, an act of blasphemy for many, if the crew weren't already known by then they certainly were after. The original idea for the tee came about from former store Manager Thomas McCaughan, and Shop OG Gary Scott after looking through the book, and permission was sought through the notably well dressed and known regular to the shop Eddie Crispin, Who Bought in Rob with the original Image. The link of Graffiti and skateboarding has been paramount to both cultures histories, and Graffiti featured heavily in the design of several early bored tee’s.
Words by Eugene Noble / Worn by Eddie Crispin