Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A traditional style fanzine: Northern Aficionado

A couple of weeks ago, Daniel @Distant Echo told us about an interesting new project involving a traditional style fanzine called Northern Aficionado..

As many of you guys out there know, fanzines were a classic feature at gigs during the 80's and 90's. Personally I've always loved the physical feeling coming from a fanzine so I was immediately attracted by Northern Aficionado.  I'm sure not only those in their 30's (or 40's..?) will share my same sensation of curiosity.. The younger lads will enjoy the opportunity to discover something that was a cult for many of their older brothers..
"We are two Northern lads with an interest in clothes, music and football"... They say...
Let's have a quick chat with them....
Hello guys. Firstly, why a traditional printed fanzine in the era of Internet?
I think people still like the concept of a fanzine. It's something you have to wait for in the post, it's not just instantly on a screen in front of you. You can pick it up and read it whenever, you can show your mates it, take it with you to the pub, the match, on the train, anywhere. This was one of the main factors behind a fanzine. We still have a presence online through our blog ( and also our facebook page but the the whole project is based upon the actual print copy of our fanzine.
Tell us a bit more about your project...
Well as I've just mentioned it's all based upon a traditional fanzine. We wanted to get interviews, write reviews, have exclusive articles and features on our favourite things. We feel we've achieved this so far and are confident that with time the project will keep on growing, hopefully through other ventures as well as our print edition.
As with issue one we've got a number of great interviews lined up. In issue one we had interviews with 80s Casuals, Peaceful Hooligan, A Guy Called Minty and part one of our chat with Casual Connoisseur. In issue two we've got interviews with Distant Echo, TRiCKETT, Terrace Production and part two of our Casual Connoisseur chat. There's much more in both issues but you'll have to purchase them to find that out!

What kind of feedback did you get from your first issue?
It was very positive, people were emailing us and saying nice things about the fanzine which makes it all worthwhile. We never thought that we would have sold all our copies of issue one or would have been sending them out across the globe, even as far as Osaka, Japan. Hopefully we will continue to grow and this can only be achieved by more people knowing about us. The best way to do this is through the internet, so although we aren't dependent on it for our finished product, it actually plays a big role in people learning about us.
Your facebook profile says that your Interests are: Clothes, Music, Football....Would you like to tell us about some of your personal tastes in music?
We're into everything really. Personally, I really like all the 'Madchester' scene, so the likes of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets and The Charlatans are up there with my favourites. There are loads of bands that I'm really into though like Joy Division, The Smiths and Pulp. But also fairly new stuff, like The Enemy and of course The Arctic Monkeys. Far too many other musicians and bands to name really, so that just gives you a general idea.
What are your favourite clothing brands (old and new)?
Similar to my music taste really, quite diverse. Obviously the likes of Stone Island and CP Company are inspirational brands that just produce quality piece after quality piece. I also really like Fjallraven, The Greenland in my opinion is one of the best jackets ever made, and also Penfield who have produced some really nice pieces recently. 6876 are another brand which keep producing fantastic high quality clothing. The Norse Projects Elka is another brilliant jacket which we love. Then there's the likes of 80s Casuals and Casual Connoisseur, who are also producing some excellent items, some of the Casualco items have even gained iconic status really, the likes of The Weir Hat and The Beat a Storm cagoule are classic pieces. Peaceful Hooligan have also impressed me lately, their new collection has been amazing and obviously, you guys (Three Stroke Productions) . The quality of your shirts and workmanship behind them is mind boggling, but not only that the design is also outstanding.
In terms of footwear, it's no secret that we're into Clarks Originals. Items such as the Wallabees and Clarks Aschott are brilliant pieces which are so versatile. In terms of trainers, then we love Adidas Originals and New Balance. The City series from adidas is a personal favourite, some of the designs in that range are quite simply brilliant. But, New Balance keep producing nice trainers and recent releases have been really impressive. The fact that they are still making trainers in their British base is highly impressive.
What football teams do you follow?
I follow the mighty Huddersfield Town. At the time of writing this, we're almost into the League One Play-off final for a second season running so hopefully this can be the year we get into the Championship. We've got a great set of supporters and hopefully, if we get to Wembley we can cheer the lads on to promotion.
Where can we find your fanzine?        
The two stockists we have are Distant Echo and TRiCKETT, so you can purchase from either of those websites. Distant Echo, which you guys will know a bit about, stock some excellent brands and the design of the website is great. TRiCKETT is also a great website and online shop, which sells a great mix of different products sourced from the UK and America. 

for info 

interview by Three Stroke Productions clothing

Friday, 18 May 2012

Alan Tyler on Three Stroke Productions designer t shirts

One of the main features that is most definitely representative of Three Stroke Productions are the graphic designs on our T- shirts. As most TSP fans know, T- shirts play a crucial role for us. The fabric, the fit, the colors, and the decoration are all ingredients of our recipe that must be dealt with with the maximum care. Nowadays the market place is packed with plenty of T- shirts, so quality and image wise you have to be on the ball. We work with a team of free lance graphic designers from mainly England, Wales, and Italy. Investing a lot into research to create lots of original images. We do our own photo shooting and focus on real people from the scene such as  Mods, Casuals, Rockabillies, Scooterboys,  etc. Every image delivers a message. Protest, irony, pride, fun...
We like to think our designs tell stories, with some of them telling our own personal story. That's why most of our designers and our models come from the scene. The right style and the right attitude is transferred onto the T- shirts...
The first Three Stroke Productions T- shirt was issued in back 1997. It was a standard T- shirt with a heat transfer of our classic logo. 

To this day that style is still our best selling one. Although no longer with a heat transfer but with a fine traditional flock technique..

After a couple of years we introduced our first original designs. We had a chat with a Mod artist who accepted to assist us with the first set of  designs...

This t shirt was issued in 2003 for the London Three Stroke Combat Studio (MMA and BJJ) 
The "Getting Ready for the Battle" design (plus others) was issued to celebrate some of the national team taking part in the  Football World Championship 2006

The need for new and fresh original designs increased year by year so we got in contact with other respected artists. This began the launch of more and more styles. We often receive offers of designs from many artists who share our subculture passion for Mods, skins, terraces, and music.

Terrace Culture

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly....

Revolution ! !
Old School Football

Scooterism and pop art
The Lucky Streak design was  of the 4 t shirts dedicated to the "streakers" in 2007

In 2010 we started a collaboration with the famous casual artist  A guy called Minty

Many years exploring the world of graphic arts and living the scene -  collaborating with artists all over Europe. We are proud to offer about 30 new designs each season. 
Our collection consist of several styles developed by different artists using water based inks, digital prints, flock ,and embroidery. With a great selection of designs we decided to offer 4 different range of T- shirts for Summer 2012. Each range come with it's on special Three Stroke Productions tag

"TSSP97" is a range of T-Shirts made by a technique called flock. We use this to achieve colour contrasts between the actual T-Shirts and their graphic designs. Coupled with a smooth suede soft feel to touch..

"English Heritage" aims to portray an "Old England" imagery: Pub-culture and its games such as Bar Billiards, Darts, and various cards games and gambling. Also football as a genuine street game for kids.  

"TSP archive" is a selection of some of our best graphic designs made over the years by our artists in England, Wales, and Italy. They are mainly inspired by the classic Three Stroke Productions world of Mods, Casuals, and Scooters. Always straight to the point subjects with a good dose of humour!

Subcultures" is a celebration of the British subcultural scene. The scene we're born and live in, and that we are proud to belong to. ..

When it's time to prepare a new collection of T-shirts, we literally go through hundreds designs and select our 30 favourites including some of our past years best sellers (which we add to our "TSP archive" set) 
As you can appreciate, it's a hell of a lot of work. Although judging by the amount of feedback we receive, we are very proud about what we're doing.

 We are now about to launch a special Euro 2012 project dedicated to the national teams taking part in the coming Euro 2012 Championships 
As usual more than to the football players our T- shirts are dedicated to the fans following the teams.

Next years plans include a graphic journey through the world of traditional tattoos. More flock (photos) and plenty of new exciting designs...


A photography competition focusing on the world of the British Subcultures. The competition will be open to photographers of all levels and ability. Although this will exclude full-time professional photographers. Over the years we've sponsored and supported several events and bands. Developing a true interest towards these urban styles - hence our wish to portrait the world of British Subcultures and the idea to showcase characters and situations related to them in the most genuine and natural way.   
Photos will include concerts, football terraces, ordinary life, working class life, pub culture, rallies etc. Basically anything delivering a meaningful emotion and a true "subcultural" flavour. The best photos will then be used for an upcoming photo exhibition. Stay tuned for more details.. 

Three Stroke Productions