23 Jan 2012
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.