I have an obsession with retro pop art and my home is filled with retro items. I have everything from coffee mugs, magnets and cocktail napkins to dinner plates and wall art. My obsession began years ago while visiting my favorite magnet shop, Magnetron, at Pier 39 in San Francisco. My roommate at the time, Karlene, and I were cracking up at some of the magnets and we both bought a few for our refrigerator. Whenever guests came over they were drawn to our fridge and would always comment on how cool our magnets were. As I moved on to live on my own, I continued my collection and I still have them up on my fridge today. Here are some of my favorites:
One day I was perusing through my twitter stream and I spotted a tweet by model Adrianne Curry with a link to a photo shoot of t-shirts she was modeling for Hollywood Dahls. I clicked on the link and LOVED the shirts! (To view the photos, click here.)
I was anxious to order a shirt and went to the Hollywood Dahls site. Fun and flirty, the Hollywood Dahls collection will bring out your “naughty” or “nice” side with their designs. Of course, I wanted all of them and had to decide on just one, so I went with this sassy design:
The shirts are available in crew neck, v-neck and two-pocket tunics on a burn-out fabric which gives them the ultimate vintage look. You can choose from designs in color on either white or pink tees or black and white designs on either a black or white tee. All of the artwork is original and hand painted by artist and creator of “Hollywood Dahls“, Dominic Dettore along with graphic designer Andrea Keeble.
I contacted Dominic to tell him how much I like his work and had the opportunity to give him a brief interview as well as learn about the history of Hollywood Dahls. Dominic was kind enough to take time out his busy schedule to email me and I am truly impressed by his background. He originally created the Hollywood Dahls images for a Los Angeles charity event with the sole purpose of raising money for the Jeff Griffith Youth Center, a non-profit organization to help homeless teens. After the wonderful response from the charity attendees, friends suggested that he take his images to a whole new level. At that moment, he decided to start a line of t-shirts and accessories, donating 10% of the proceeds to the Jeff Griffith Youth Center in Los Angeles.
His fine art has been commissioned in both private and corporate collections in major cities such as Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami and Paris. Dominic’s work has been published in Design Times, Vanity Fair, Showcase Interior Design, Western Interiors, In Style and other magazines.
Never one to stand still, Dominic volunteers for many organizations and teaches art to the children at The Assistance League of Southern California and to the teens at the Center for Life Works. He has also created OUT2connect to increase funding for various programs for homeless teens.
I want to share my love of these cool t-shirts with a lucky reader. To enter to win a Hollywood Dahls t-shirt of your choice, please do the following:
-Like Hollywood Dahls on Facebook by clicking here.
-Like Eat, Drink and be Tracy on Facebook by clicking here.
-Post on the wall for Eat, Drink and be Tracy “Hollywood Dahls Rock.”
-For an extra entry, tweet this post and mention me @tracyguida in the tweet.
-Comment on this post that you have done the above.
I will choose a winner on August 31st and the winner will be announced and notified on September 1. Good luck everyone!