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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 10, 2009
Northlock. Back In Stock.
Posted at 11:04 AM


Back by popular demand: The DDC Northlock Torso Cover. Back in stock, people. We sold out of that first batch a year back or so, and moved on to some new designs. Each month we get a couple emails along the lines of, “Bring back the Northlock, and I’ll make a purchase…” Stuff like that. So we acted on it.

You know the story. Thick inks on durable fibers. Range of sizes. Printed right here in Portland. Long-lasting. Rich colors. Go well with a pair of blue jeans. You need one.

Here they are, a little bigger. This way you know what you are getting into.

NEW FEATURES: Plus, all shirts from here on out have a new hit of DDC branding on the bottom hem. Just because. As if the overbearing graphic on the chest wasn’t enough, we went ahead and did this to every one of the shirts. And here’s proof: Check out Forgash hard at work updating the existing stock.

And here’s some of his handiwork too, up close and ready for inspection.

You get can get on the right track by clicking right here: The DDC Northlock Torso Cover.

Now shipping.

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SOME HAVE IT, SOME DON’T: We’re here to say this much: Tyler Lang has got the eye, and he proves in this Flickr set called, “Tasty Gems.”

And don’t even think about passing up his site. Some seriously good stuff on there. One more time, just because: Tyler Lang is doing it right.

I mean, come on. He’s the guy behind this. Outta this world.

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REQUIRED VIEWING: Don Guss has a lot going for himself. Not only does his first and last name kick ass, but he’s got the eye to come up with links like this one right here about International Harvester Scouts. Incredible stuff.

Each morning on my way down Sandy Boulevard to the shop, I drive past this exact Scout dealer. Amd I think about those old guys every time. It just might be time to stop in there and do a little business. So good. Thanks, Don. Portland pride. Great link.

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FRIENDS TILL THE END: Portland’s Greg Hennes’ latest photography project: “Breath Like Bellows.” Good lookin’ stuff.

The first guy you see is Adam Bagerski. We love ourselves some Adam Bagerski. Works over at NemoDesign. Best ‘stache in Southeast Portland. Hands down.

And the next guy under him is Jesse Kaczmarek. Another kick-ass last name.

Here’s Greg. Very beardy, just how we like him. Cool stuff, man, cool stuff. Talented peoples. We dig.

There Are 5 Comments

For the record, the way that the “I” “N” and “A” all line up perfectly in those first three lines totally kills me. Always has.

Posted by: Dan Black on 02/10/09 at 11:22 AM

Visiting your site every day is always humbling but especially today. That Tyler Lang guy is outstanding. Thanks for that…I think.

Posted by: Tony on 02/10/09 at 11:45 AM

Ah, the International Scout. What a truck! Allow me to share a story…

Back in 1979-1980 my family lived on a tiny speck of an island in the South Pacific called American Samoa. In Samoa, when it rained, it really rained, and I mean buckets of rains in a torrential, hot downpour that quickly turned into rivers. Because the island is made up of volcanic rock, there was little topsoil to absorb the rain, so flash floods were a common occurrence every time it rained.

To prevent the flash floods from washing away roads, the road engineers built these huge concrete dips in the road that allowed the flash floods to flow over the roads without washing them away. These open culverts were impassable by 90% of the vehicles on the island; at the time mostly lightweight Japanese imports.

Now, my dad, being the practical guy he was, bought an early 1970s International Scout when we arrived in Samoa. It was bright orange and certainly one-of-a kind on the island. It quickly became known as the “Barrett Bus” because we’d pack 20 kids into it to get to school most mornings.

One morning, on the way to school, kids packed in like sardines (this was long before seatbelt laws and car seats), it started to rain very heavily. We all knew what that meant. It meant that most kids would be late for school since they they’d be stuck in a line of cars waiting for the flash floods to finish their breath-taking flow through the road culverts. Along comes the Barrett Bus and my dad says, “Hold on kids! We’re gonna skim it!” And sure enough he stomps on the gas and the old Scout literally hydroplanes across a culvert spraying water everywhere and then keeps on going. Every kid in the truck starts cheering and my dad says, “Let’s see a Suzuki jeep do that.”

We continued to drive that old Scout for another year we were in Samoa before it rusted away to nothing due to the salty air of the South Pacific. But to me, it will always be the “Barrett Boat” and the great orange truck of childhood memories.

Next story: The 1976 Dodge camper van (yes, it was also orange) we drove around the narrow roads Northern England, often making other cars on the road drive into the shoulder just to get past. How else are you going to cart your 5 kids and wife around?

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 02/10/09 at 12:44 PM

I love all of your merch (and work, for that matter) and linked you on my T-shirt blog: www.TEE.ms - I hope it helps drive traffic. Keep up the great work and please let me know what you think of the post.

Posted by: Micah on 02/12/09 at 1:10 PM

As a proud owner of the North Lock Torso Cover it’s good to see it on the shelves again…..and if i’d have known there was a chance merch would be reissued I’d have been lobbying hard for the Anvil Strength Torso Cover. Any chance on getting that classic?

Posted by: Abraham Wallin on 02/15/09 at 11:28 PM
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