23 Jan 2012

Gi Preview: Red Dragon by Strike Fightwear


This gi incorporates original art created by me for Strike Fightwear who kindly hired my services. This report is not a gi review. It is a showcase of the art I created for the gi. The photos show the pre-production samples, the final gi will be available to buy from Strike Fightwear around late March, April 2012. A full in depth review on the gi itself will be available from me and a couple of impartial gi reviewers soon.


Here are some more photos...





The gi jacket will be pearlweave fabric with canvas collar material covering synthetic core. There will be a choice of two gi colours - white or black.


The shoulder patches are woven synthetic patches, not tucked under the collar so if you want to remove them, it should be easy with a seam ripper. Though why you would want to remove them is beyond me!!


There is a small embroidered dragon head on the back near the neck. I originally wanted to make it a MASSIVE rear logo, but I reconsidered, since a lot of people like to reserve this space for their academy patch.


Trousers will be canvas cotton, not sure what weight yet, but canvas is pretty darn tough and hard wearing. Rope drawstring - my personal request - and red contrast stitching and trim.


Each leg has a woven patch on the side of the leg, the chinese letters read: Red Dragon.


As you can see, I reprise a lot of the two main dragon drawings I did all over the gi, which was a lot of fun. The patch above could easily be a beer bottle label or other product, I think it is quite funky! The dragon above will actually be a t-shirt too.


Just some technical points with the pre-production samples I noticed...the sleeves are lined with canvas tape, hooray! Some of the synthetic woven tapes are scratchy on me, but canvas tapes, whilst not so blingy, are very tough and soft on the skin. There is also an interesting extra amount of reinforcement within the seams of the crotch and gusset:


As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about this product. Here's the template I used to show all the bits and bobs on the gi:



Hope you enjoyed the preview. To stay updated on the progress of this gi and its availability, check the Strike Fightwear Facebook page.

Disclosure: I was paid a fixed fee for the design of this gi.





About the Author

Meerkatsu

Author & Artist

Meerkatsu is the artist name for BJJ black belt Seymour Yang.

15 comments:

Enzo said...

Year of the Dragon! Very nice work, I particularly like the Red on Black design. I would like to see a rash guard with the design too.

The Mauler said...

I have one already and it is seriously awesome, I love it.

Fish said...

I could def pick one up red & black. I also have the long armed body type so if the dimensions work for you, they should work for me too. . .

Anonymous said...

when does it come oiut and how much are they?

graham cooke said...

LOVE this. Excellent work Seymour.

Seems like a gi like this will sit at the pricier end of the market, so I guess I better save my pennies!!

Meerkatsu said...

Price has yet to be announced. Stay tuned on the Strike FW Facebook page for announcements. Hoping it will be affordable - in line with previous Strike FW gi models or around that price. We'll soon see.

Brendan said...

I like the white one better. Not sure why ^_^

Great work as always my friend!

Yen said...

I hope Strike FW has fixed their A1 sleeve measurings. I have their Flex A1 and the jacket sleeves where ridiculously short compared to other A1s I have.

SF said...

Hi Yen, I can assure you we've fixed the sleeve issue with the A1s, our final run of gis will have longer sleeves to compensate for shrinkage so you should find it's a much better fit. Thanks!

unubore said...

How much is the black one?and do u ship to canada?

Meerkatsu said...

Strike FW have just announced on their Facebook page that these will be priced at £75.99 and they are just negotiating with a courier company over shipping fees for overseas customers. Don't forget to factor in your customs fee (if any) when you recieve the goods.

supergrappler said...

That is some solid art work. Great job Seymour!

Unknown said...

How thick is the collar?

Unknown said...

How thick is the collar? Sweet looking gi btw.

ChemJitsu said...

I just bought this gi. This is only my second gi, but I only have one word for it: AWESOME. I got lots of compliments and teamates asking where to get one. Great job Seymour! I hope you have more products with Dragons coming up

 

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