People can never decide whether it’s called “street art” or “graffiti” (or worse if you’re not a fan). The only certainty is that here at FatKidOnFire HQ, whatever you call it, we’re a huge fan. After catching the London vs. Cardiff Secret Wars battle a few months back that love has been cemented. Now that may be a fairly long winded introduction to the next feature, but hopefully all will become clear…
Find out more after the jump
Multinational FNk Production are another brand taking the AnyForty template and putting their own twist on it. Taking designs from independent artists and producing artwork and clothing, FNk split their time between France and London but still have the energy to drop some intense pieces. If you haven’t heard of France’s GuTteR peep his stuff on the FNk site or his gallery. The man has some serious skillswith a spraycan. FNk also have another two artists producing designs – all as supremely talented as GuTeR; Germany’s Dust and the French Ant* / PaNDaKroo. Anyhow, I sat down with FAb, the man behind FNk Prod, to find out more…
Who/ what is FNK Productions? FNk is one guy, selecting independent artists from all over Europe, with very special skills. We produce designs from new artists and stock established independent brands, and the FNk website will always be a place for unique designs and serious talents.
Your designs are strong and striking – do they have an underlying theme or do you consider these designs to be your main brand image? You offer more than just tees – sweats, crews and hoodies. Is this something you will continue? Strong designs are making my main brand image and will continue to do so. But I’m also planning to create some more popular and subtle designs to suit people who like the style but are maybe too scared, or too old to rep our current line haha!
My aim is to dress the consumer from head to feet in FNk, so yes I will keep making tees, followed by pants, jackets, headgear, footwear and so on…
What does or will make your brand stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the UK streetwear pack? We have a diverse style coming from different artists’ origins, backgrounds and talent, hosted all under one roof.
Who or what influences you in your work? Some independent well established brands… like Addict. Starting from scratch and build an empire!
What’s your take on the UK streetwear scene at the moment? Very good and very bad.
Where do you see you and FNK Productions being in 5 years time? In my own shop, with a fine selection of artists’ works and my own collection.
I see FNk as a complete brand offering a full range from cap to shoes, all made in low volume and limited edition, whilst avoiding mass production and maintaining diversity. FNk is still a young brand, which means it will takes time to get fully established – but it is already a success with regards to the positive feedback received from returning customers.
Where can people expect to catch your work, any UK stockists to watch? No stockist yet, all the products are exclusive on the FNk webstore.
Top 5 favourite albums?
- Kanka – Skunky
- Pantyraid – Enter The Machine
- Benga – Diary Of An Afro Warrior
- Lee “Scratch” Perry – Arkology 2
- Kaometry – Nerves Of Time
Shoutouts Big thanks to GuTteR , Marco for the website, to many of my friends for all the help and support. Thanks to you all!
FAb and FNk Productions are a member of TEAMUK doing things right. Their awesome designs and the fact they collaborate with underground and more mainstream artists to produce amazing tees is definitely a good way of making a noticeable splash in the often full streetwear pond. If you’re feeling what FAb has to say or want to support the brand hit up the FNK website, Facebook fanpage or their Twitter account.
If you have any thoughts on what FAb has had to say, or thoughts on anything else you’ve read let us know either via the comments section below or through one of the other forms of contact (email, Twitter and Facebook).