2020 LIMITED EDITION BAWIDAMANN x OTTE GEAR ALOHA SHIRT
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Thank you - Andrew Bawidamann
In commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Apocalypse Now: Aloha Now Tiger Stripe 2020 Andrew Bawidamannʼs beautiful interpretation of a classic Tiger Stripe with hidden details from the Vietnam War - Hueys, F5s, B-52s, & River Boats.
Styling is inspired by the vintage Aloha shirts from the 70s with an updated fit. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Exquisite Material and sewing quality.
I think I out did myself here. You wont be disappointed. Get in on it when it comes in! Get it here!
SIZING INFO. I am 5'10 180 LB and I wear a size 40" coat. The Blue Aloha Shirt is a Medium and fits perfect. the Large is a little roomier. I can wear Either.
I am pictured in the product shots wearing the straw hat. I feel this chart is fairly accurate. I hope this helps a bit.
RESEARCHING AN ORIGINAL GARMENT
Getting my hands on an original ADS Tiger stripe Garment was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be at first. Luckily I was able to call in a favor at the Wright Patterson Airforce Museum. I wanted to make the highest quality pattern reconstruction possible with attention to detail. I had had to make several visits to the archives to pull this off.
HUEYS, B-52s, ORDNANCE, ETC
For Reference, I have always appreciated the Air Force Museum for convenient access to these amazing aircraft. I tucked all of these these into the shirt and I was so blessed to be able to visit these to make sure I get the all details just right.
Making a quality Tiger pattern from the ground up will put yours skills to the test. Trust me. Between picking a pattern, finding the repeat, and trying to match the original shapes, drawing/refining all the flowers/aircraft, I have several hundred+ hours into this process.
I picked up a Wacom Cintiq specifically for this project. It would would’ve been a much more formidable task without it. I wish I would have picked up one of these years ago. I spent most of the time making and refining hundreds of tiny pattern shapes. I wanted them to be as close to perfection as I could get. And I spent a lot of time getting it there.
As important as it was to make a faithful construction of this beloved pattern, I never lost sight that I was making an ALOHA SHIRT, not a camouflage garment. That means beautiful hand drawn flowers, vivid tropical colors, subtle story telling details, and most of all, fun.
I wanted the first colorway to be a tropical interpretation of a vintage Vietnam garment.
The second colorway was created to be capture the Blue hues found in the Hawaiian sky and waters. In honor of Elvis Presley I’m calling this colorway: “Blue Hawaii”.
MAKING THE PAPER SHIRT
As with the last Aloha shirt I took the time to make a paper Prototype shirt for each colorway. It’s the best way to verify pattern scale, flower density, layout, color, feel, etc. Computer generated mockups along the way are fine but you just can’t beat a quality scale physical mockup/prototype prior to production. There is no better way in my opinion to get a better representation of what the final product will be when it’s done than to make the “paper shirt”.
It takes a few days to make these but it’s worth the extra time.