Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Cherish or Perish
An exploration of life and death, sex and beauty.
Cherish or Perish speaks of passion for nature.
A night of art, performance and experience.
A collaborative exhibition by PJ Kalemba and Aviva Reed.
Sunday May 8th
125 Smith St
Thursday, 17 March 2011
T-Squat is hugely excited to announce we are partnering up with Surface Pop to create our very own gallery space. Before Surface Pop move out of their current location at 11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda and into T-Squat, they plan on going out with a bang by holding a three-day pop-up exhibition from 25-28th March.
In the spirit of finishing up where they’re about to take off, Surface Pop’s short but sweet exhibition will feature works by Jak Rapmund, Conrad Bizjak, Aaron McKenzie, Heesco, The Void (Kane Marevich), Sarah Mcfarlane, James Watkins, Robbie Warden, Beanz, Nathan Trapnell, Braddock, Phoenix the Street Artist, Regan Tamanui – HAHA, Fletcher Andersen and Ryan McGennisken.
The T-Squat Surface Pop exhibition represents both ‘firsts’ and ‘lasts’. It will be the first exhibition hosted by T-Squat, drawing in the website’s growing readership across Melbourne as a new hub for underground artwork and events. For Surface Pop, it will be the last opening held at their St Kilda gallery space and they expect their following in St Kilda and the broader arts community to be out in force.
For T-Squat readers in Melbourne, be sure to get yourself down to Surface Pop at 11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda from 6pm on Friday 25th March 2011 for a drink, a catch-up and an eyeful of awesome artwork. If you can’t make it, be sure to keep an eye out for T-Squat and Surface Pop’s new gallery space very soon. Seriously, it’ll be here before you know it.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Hey... are you in Melbourne? Do you love Sneakers? Do you love French brands? Well Fox & Found and T-Squat has teamed up to give you the chance to win a pair of Feiyue Sneakers from their extensive range!
We’ve just discovered one of Melbourne’s newest fashion retailers, Fox and Found, down a little alleyway off a littler alleyway, just behind Melbourne Central. Creator of the store, Ebby, graduate of fashion business at the Melbourne School of Fashion, has been planning her assault on Melbourne's fashion for years.
In true entrepreneurial fashion (pardon the pun) Ebby started from nothing, working as a buyer in the store next door for plus-sized women. Ebby’s creative drive and natural connection to the Melbourne-fashion-pulse has made the decision to open up her own store quite easy. The result is a space stylish and full of warmth – housing a range of local and independent designers amongst the crazed taxidermist creations of stuffed bats and crows. A little fucked up, but pretty wicked.
This issue, Ebby at Fox and Found have given us a pair of Feiyue sneakers from their new ‘wings’ collection. To get your bad self in the draw, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: ‘I’m so glad I Fox and Found T-Squat’ in the subject line or if you can think of a better pun with T-Squat and Fox & Found in it, let’s see you bring it to win it!
Fox and Found
Shop 2, Driver Lane
318 Little Bourke St
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
You like? Come check out Phoenix’s first solo exhibition at Surface Pop, opening tomorrow 10th March 2011 from 6pm, 11-13 Carlisle Street St Kilda. Phoenix is a graffiti artist so we can’t show you his face on television. We can, however, post up a few words from the artist himself:
I have been a collage artist for 25 years - with a break of 5 years after my home studio was destroyed by a fire - and a prolific local street artist since 2009. There are now collage-based Phoenix works spread widely across the CBD and inner Melbourne. The mechanisms of my collage system - a network of trays and folders designed to facilitate combination and juxtaposition - continue to gather steam beyond my wildest imaginings. Three of the four ongoing series featured in my show are:
• The Little Diver Resurfaced series - the story of my paste-up restoration of Banksy's vandalised Little Diver stencil in central Melbourne
• The Voice of the Blue Earth series - an ecologically-themed series which imagines the things the planet might say to humankind - bringing with it my love of words and metaphor
• My ongoing Dali Esque series - exploring how many different ways a small T-shirt icon containing an image of Dali's face can be reworked - using coloured paper and a plain photocopier.
For more info, head to
T-Squat and Unwritten are giving you the chance to win a Double Pass to their Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne shows! Just email us at - email@example.com
Unwritten Law hit Australia this March, touring off the back of the release of their sixth studio album, Swan. Releasing the first track exclusively to Aussie ticket buyers has definitely paid its dividends with an awesome near sell out tour.
Leadman, Scott Russo’s message to those headed to Unwritten Law’s shows? “Thank you to all our fans for sticking with us over the years. We truly do it all for you. We know you won't be disappointed in this record as it is all we have lived and breathed for a year and a half. We are finally ready to give birth to Swan.”
Unwritten Law have long been punishing the US punk rock music scene. Growing up Poway, California – an unincorporated city in San Diego free independent from municipal authority – was maybe where the band got their sense of rebellion.
Like most teenage boys and girls I jumped around my room screaming the lyrics to Seein’ Red and F.I.G.H.T. and upon mentioning their upcoming tour to my girlfriend, her over-the-top enthusiasm and I instantly become uncomfortable. Her over-the-top enthusiasm and I did make a date, however, to catch Unwritten Law on their tour, which begins on 17th March 2011 in Perth at The Capitol, see more dates below:
SATURDAY 19 MARCH THE HI-FI, BRISBANE
Tickets available from www.thehifi.com.au/brisbane
SUNDAY 20 MARCH – COOLY HOTEL, GOLD COAST
Tickets available from all Oztix outlets www.oztix.com.au and 1300 762 545
FRIDAY 25 MARCH – FOWLERS, ADELAIDE
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
SATURDAY 26 MARCH – ROUNDHOUSE, SYDNEY
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au
SUNDAY 27 MARCH – BILLBOARD THE VENUE, MELBOURNE
Thursday, 3 March 2011
125 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC
For a glass and a half of artistic, musical, food and beer goodness, T-Squat suggests you get yourself down to Grumpy’s Green this Sunday for Grumpy Art Perky Juice – a community initiative bringing local art, local music, local produce and local brews together. Grumpy’s is transforming itself into a monthly exhibition space and this Sunday is when it all begins. Head down from 3pm to see artwork and live painting by Irk, Braddock, Leagues, SnotRag, Rspnd & Georg and music by Steve Shock & Frank Force (Slime Squad), The Indie Pop Cult, White God Black Cock, Gav & special guests. For more info contact Kiki Fitzgerald - 0425 558 075 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Are most residents at C-Squat living there as a kind of social statement or is it more out of necessity?
I already told you about the UHAB (Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) thing so most people there are technically not squatting. It’s now a question of low rent and affordable housing, however your question is still relevant. It’s necessity because many cannot afford other places with higher rent. It’s also the feel of community, family and home that keeps people hanging around. Just the fact that these buildings exist is a politically-charged social statement. No matter what they turn into, right now they continue to stand as monuments that opposed the sky-rocketing rents and gentrification of the neighborhood. Funnily enough, I always enjoy the mathematical equation that squatters often start gentrification...but that's yet another story. So to recap: it’s both, watch the video, community, home, fuck the system, spray paint on the walls, etc.
Once things go legal, it’s no longer going to be the story of necessity but of who can pull their shit together enough to keep the building running. Not just the physical building but the community that has grown within its walls. It’s like a big ass dirty ship about to set sail and if one person pokes a hole in the bottom, the whole damn boat is going to sink. There are dark days ahead, more stormy clouds gathering, and there are still fucking sirens singing in the basement.
Do C-Squatters still get hassled by police or anyone else for being there?
In current times? Not really. We have to really bring it upon ourselves. They don't care that we live here. It’s more than half legal at this point anyway. That was not always the case though. Funny story - two officers came up to the building the other day talking about how awesome it was we were buying it. They were really nice considering that two years ago one of them got a donut thrown at them during an outdoor concert. The last time they came in on their own accord was during a party where kids were all over the street puking, smashing 40 oz.'s outside the front door, sitting on cars, etc. Y'know, generally blowing up our spot. That's when it’s no longer OK to attract that sort of attention. But as far as living goes...they don't care, or at least don't give us any problems. We've had some disputes where they've had to come and they are aware of the situation and have been, I thought, very respectful.
However, when people do try to start new squats, they sure get hassled. Our friends started opening a few buildings in Brooklyn recently. Unfortunately, they are all very short-lived. But c'est la vie, so it goes and so does she.
Some cops, however do still hassle the squatter punk shows in the park. There's a whole long history between the neighborhood, Tompkins Square Park, the homeless, and the band shell hosting free concerts and political rallies. In recent years they've tried to eliminate these events, as the 1988 police riots is still apparently a sore subject. I'm not personally against the police, but when anyone mis-uses their position of authority to target and bully - they are the bad guys. And I've seen NYPD do some really shady, not-OK things.
At the same time : I've also been at shows in other parks where the police actually kept the show from getting shut down by the Parks Department but I wasn't allowed to thank them or let people know that they were the ones who kept it going, despite knowing it was basically an anti-police (the bad ones!) rally. So much for freedom of speech working both ways, right? They were doing their jobs and y’know what? There's no one to turn off my microphone in this interview so, here's to progress in relationships of all kinds everywhere!
Speaking of the park, the travelling crusty kids in the park get holy hell rained down upon them by the NYPD though. Fire and brimstone. And they're just hanging out in Tompkins Square Park most of the time over on crusty row. There's a really great blog that tells their stories that you may be interested in as well: http://crustypunks.blogspot.com/ They sure get a lot of grief.
I'm reversing your question. Do we get hassled by anyone for 'not-squatting?'
In turn, we get a lot of grief for not being 'a real squat' anymore (not by cops, btw). Again, the criticisms of disappointment and of expectation. I remember meeting a group of young kids sleeping down by the East River. When one of them heard I lived at See, he looked me up and down, then shot a very unimpressed look and verbally jabbed: "yeah whatever, RENT-PAYER" . I've seen summer squatters camped on Avenue C yelling at people going by for being yuppie rent payers. Instead of arguing with them about being rude or other such philosophical debates, I got those people they were yelling at to come inside the building. They were friends of mine and friends of the building, they just didn’t happen to look all upper crust. We sat inside for a moment, leaving the campers that wanted to come in camped outside, then went back outside. They apologized. It was the best silent argument I ever won.
Point being is that in recent years I think I've seen the building get more grief recently from kids or from internet keyboard warriors than from anyone else. Again, I love George Romero movies but this a story that is trying to be one of construction and survival and of going forward. Not of more invited self-destruction. At the same time, that's certainly involved in the recipe here too, but I think a lot of kids won't understand this concept until they get older.
So yeah. Compromised victory. The people get their buildings but lose the title ‘squat’. You can stay one thing until you lose it and it’s taken away from you or you have to evolve and progress. What's more important? The ‘means’ or the ‘end to the means’: the goal? That's not an easy question to answer universally, as it’s up to the individual. Someone should refer to the punk rock rule book for the call here. I lost my copy. Depending on how you look at life, where you are in life, or how involved you are in this situation - you will see different shades of what you find to be romantic and what you ultimately find is not romantic.
What about tourists? Anyone ever come by, taking photos?
I love the tourists! The nice ones who don't leave a mess, that is. In fact - I've become friends with two different pairs of Australians this year alone! It’s funny to walk out of your house to find younger kids taking pictures of the building. A lot of the times, I'd invite them inside to take a tour of the amenities. Sometimes it’s a brief encounter and sometimes it sparks friendships that last for years. With the Aussies - man they were SO fun. Great bunch of guys. Tom Snowdon and Dale Jonathan World and Bernard. Great guys. They really do say the word "massive" alot. It was the same story really. Australia, airport, plane, airport, cab/train, hostel, go to get pictures at C-skwat. They all ended up crashing at C-Squat, just separated by a couple of months. I hope they visit again soon, I massively miss them!
I'm surprised a lot of ‘tourists’ come here snapping pictures but when they ask for other things to check out they often-times have not heard of ABC NO RIO. I guess that is because of the popularity of LOC,CV,Morning Glory,SFH, etc but I'm always very happy to point ‘em in the right direction. "want to see something that's way more impressive then this building? Go walk about 12 blocks south and a few blocks west....154 Rivington..". Massive respect!
Is anyone from the original group of people who started C-Squat still involved with the squat?
No. Well, kind of. Yes. There was an original crew but they didn't stay for the long haul. Immediately afterward Brett and Popeye moved in. I typed up an answer but Popeye and Diane answered it better for you. This is from Diane:
As far as original and not original goes, I've always really liked what Popeye has to say about it. To paraphrase, C-Squat has always been about making a home and creating a space for things that couldn't necessarily happen elsewhere. It would be impossible to count all of the people who've poured their time and sweat and blood into this place, just like it would be impossible to count all of the people who've poured into and out of this place. It's had a million different lives, and they've all been made up by the community of individuals living here at the time. There's been a constant flux in that community, as people come and go, so it doesn't really make sense to talk about ‘original’ unless you mean the three people who originally opened the building. They're all doing other things with their lives now, but they helped make ours here possible.
The point is: it's a living space. It's never been static - there's no one moment in time you could point to and say, ‘that's C-Squat’, more than any other. So C-Squat's real legacy is its continuity, continuing evolution and life as a DIY space. I personally think C Squat will be ‘original’ until the day that money changes hands to make someone a resident.
Do you think squatting is on the rise in New York or is it a culture that will eventually die out?
I do not think squatting is on the rise in NYC and I do not know what will happen. Stay tuned to picturethehomeless.org . Great folks.
To shift the topic slightly, ‘punk’ is thriving in New York City. A lot of the spaces are in Brooklyn, as there's more room to move around out there. There's so many great young scenes popping up. Like the Raw/Bung punx. Perdition/Dawn of Humans/Cervix. Or the kids that were centered around the Forts & 131 (Marvin Berry & the New Sound, Stupid Party, The Measure SA, Death First, The Homewreckers). They are the best kids. The nicest. Then there’s 538 and all the venues Todd P. helped start: Surreal Estate, Chris over at East Rev, the dirty reggae parties, Second Chance. Amelia really shook things up over at ABC NO RIO for quite awhile. Oh & the House of Yes....really incredible stuff going on there.
There are a lot of the real exciting and artistically creative things that are going on right now. I wish we could be more of a part, but we are in this weird downtime/struggle with stagnation. Besides, a lot of people from these scenes don’t really like See Skwat... and for good reason! But that's ok and that’s not important in the bigger picture. Regardless, I sure don't know about the future of squatting but shit is so awesome here right now! I read a recent scene report in MRR that kind of put down the current NYC scene but god damn, look around .... things are going off. It’s just kind of a shame that often-times people stay to their specific scenes and cliques and don't really appreciate the other scenes going on. That or they just can't get along long enough to. I personally found a happy medium in this weird invisible gourd worshipping cult I joined 9 years ago. It’s called ‘Just the Best Kubris Party’. Check it out!
We hear you guys still have some pretty wild parties/gigs at C-squat, tell us more.
Yup, it's true. We just had an awesome after party for Time's Up and their Halloween Critical Mass Ride. The whole ride rode through the city for hours then ended at the steps of our building. It was great to get all kinds of costumed weirdos in for the night. Many of which had never been here before so it was this fresh, positive vibe throughout the night. While there were some drawbacks, it was an overall awesome event and I thank Bill from Umbrella Squat for his vision and his determination for making it happen.
We had a really amazing art show last December, curated by Diane Rohem. It was beautiful. So many talented artists contributed and donated their time, turning our space into a beautiful art gallery for one day. There was spoken word by Penny Arcade, a performance by FLY, and capped off by a troupe of enchanting in-house resident fire dancers called LUMINISIS. http://www.flickr.com/photos/violentgrind/sets/72157622823958611/
Are parties and gigs at C-squat open to all or are they just for squatters and people connected with the C-Squat in some way?
Depends on how public the event is and who is performing. Mostly they are in-house and for friends and associates of the house. The next waves after that are fans of the bands that came out of this space, then fans of the draw of this place. Some of us would like to expand to have different kinds of parties and events and not stay stuck in the stereotype. I think FLY is working on something. Stab and Gabriel each threw electronic techno parties over the years. I'm convinced to get a circus punk night to happen sometime soon. NYC Ska-favorites THE SLACKERS just did something here.
I think the band that reps the current spirit really well is THE DOG THAT BITES EVERYONE. John Dolan, Brett and Shayne from the house plus Charlie from Always Sunny in Philadelphia, no wait - Jack Jahrling. John has been overlord of the basement and park shows for years and years. WIthout that guy, these shows probably would not happen.
How do things work day-to-day at the squat – electricity? gas? heat? food?
The electricity now works like any other apartment building. Gas and heat too. Food? Some have food stamps. Some cook. Some just drink PBR, no solids. I personally enjoy pizza. I think this is a good time to plug my friend Colin's DIY zine, Slice Harvester. He is trying to review EVERY slice of pizza in all of New York City. If he accomplishes that , I believe that it will be more impressive than the sordid history of See Skwat. www.sliceharvester.com.
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Saturday, 19 February 2011
What to do on a lazy Sunday? Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, will screen its selection of finalist films at 7:30pm tonight. T-Squat's Matt Cohen caught up with last year’s winner – Abe Forsythe – best known as an actor from Australian TV shows Tripping Over and Always Greener or, from the most underrated Australian comedy out there, NED. Abe fills us in on the shitty jobs and shaky deals paving his road to directorial success.
T-Squat: So what are you currently up to?
Abe: I’m currently directing commercials and developing a new film project and raising money…in Australia that could take years and years, if at all. But we’re aiming for this year. There are a lot of things that need to fall into place to get something moving… which is one of the hardest things to do in this country compared to others.
T-Squat: What has Tropfest done for you?
Abe: Tropfest kick-started that directing career for me. Although I’ve been working on it for a couple of years, it really opened doors for me. There are a lot of shit jobs around if you’re an actor… you tend to get tarnished with a brush if you do something bad as an actor, something you have very little control over.
T-Squat: Are you referring to anything in particular? Maybe NED?
Abe: NED was hard – well, in post-production terms. Since I’d done Computer Boy(a Matrix Parody made in 2000, it was one of the first internet films to hit 500,000 views), it was relatively easy to raise the money. I wanted to make something I would enjoy, filming went great, until postproduction when we had a contract to release the movie in 50 cinemas and someone stepped in and took it down to 7. It was such at terrible experience for a young filmmaker. Looking back at it now, and seeing footage, I’m still very proud of it.
T-Squat: What is it about Tropfest you love?
Abe: The great thing about Tropfest is that it’s screened in front of a massive audience, as well as TV, Youtube and on DVD and you kind of start to have a relationship with an audience and that’s really hard thing to do in Australia. Until you’ve reached an audience you really don’t know if your stuff works, and that’s the best thing about being in the final.
Tropfest 2011 kicks off with finalist films screening from 7:30pm on Sunday 20th of February. Visit the Tropfest website www.tropfest.com.au for more info on where you can catch a screening.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
T-Squat Issue 6 is out soon and we should be hunkering down for hours of web geekery and fretting about semi-colons or whether the correct spelling should be ‘arse’ or ‘ass’. But damn it, Surface POP gallery’s SURF bike POP exhibition is about to close so we had to pop over there to take a look. You may have stumbled across this temporary gallery space on your way to Galleon cafe next door but if you haven’t, it’s well worth stumbling in that direction. Their current exhibition of ‘surf culture immersion’ closes this Sunday and features surf art and photography by than Reg Mombassa of Mambo fame and Johnny Abegg (featured in T-Squat Issue 1).
If you can’t stumble that far by Sunday then keep your eye out for more from this little space that can. They’ve got industrial, vintage furniture and home-wares from the Cool Room for sale and a solo exhibition for street artist, Phoenix, coming up. They’ve even collaborated with Comide Bebe to get some gastronomic theatre going on (say what?) For an explanation on WTF ‘gastronomic theatre’ means and for more on Surface POP, check out our upcoming feature on the gallery in the next issue of T-Squat.
SURF bike POP
Exhibition closing Sunday 20 February 2011
Surface POP gallery, 11-13 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Melbourne
(Image by artist: Josh Rufford)
Saturday, 12 February 2011
If you’re wearing a balaclava, carrying a crystal ball or just looking a little bit shabby round Fitzroy way tomorrow and someone says, “hey, you’re headed to that party?”, you might be all like, “what party?” And they’d be like, “the Gypsy, Tramps & Thieves party at Gypsy Bar on Brunnie.” Then, you’d be, like, “if they’re gypsies, tramps and thieves, won’t they, you know, like, swindle me or something”, and they’d be like “nah, it’s a fundraiser for charity – you dress up and you can win prizes like a skate deck from Hemley and all proceeds go to building a school for orphans in Sierra Leone. There will be DJs and live music from 3pm.” And you’d be, like, “really?” and they’d be, like, “sorry, I just thought you were dressed up and stuff but that’s just how you get around... This is awkward”. Just so you know.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Two Door Cinema Club talk Laneway Festival and dressing room cheese with T-Squat’s Tahlia Anderson
Two Door Cinema Club are not your average indie rockers. The Irish trio, comprising of Kevin Baird, Sam Halliday and Alex Trimble, are the first to admit they’re not too cool for school. In fact, they embrace the cheese. “When we’re getting in the mood in our dressing room before we play…we like terrible 80’s music, like WHAM, all really cheesy stuff”, admits leads singer/guitarist and unassuming heartthrob Alex.
Having catapulted into the music stratosphere on the back of hits Something Good Can Work and Undercover Martyn, their debut album, Tourist History, was eagerly anticipated by those in the known. And lucky for them, and their growing Aussie fan base, it did the trick. Of their first trip Down Under earlier this year, Alex recalls, “we played Splendour in the Grass and that was just one of the best festivals ever for us. It was amazing to see how people reacted”.
Tourist History as the name of the album originated from the small Irish coastal town the boys grew up in. “[It was] like a tourist attraction…in the 60’s and 70’s and we grew up in the remnants of that”. It’s a fitting title and a canny coincidence, as since the album’s release, they have pretty much been travelling minstrels. On a world tour leading up to St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, the fan response has been “really good”. Especially in France which is, in a sense, their second home. As Alex explains, “we’ve worked with a lot of French people for a long time, including our record label”, the famed Kitsuné, who also boast French maestros Phoenix as one of their acts and who the trio had the pleasure of opening for in the US.
Signing on with the powerhouse French record label was a no brainer for the band who, Alex confides, used to “record songs ourselves in my house”. And surprisingly for the studio novices, the chance to work with producer Elliot James wasn’t as intimidating as one might suspect. “It was really cool…he was always on the same page as us…so we never got into any arguments about what we were doing”, Alex recalls. Besides, with a catalog of collaborations that includes Noah and the Whale and the first Bloc Party album, “my favourite debut album of all time” Alex enthusiastically interjects, they were in very capable hands.
In between touring and capturing the hearts of many a girl and a few boys with his ginger locks and angelic yet devilishly good pipes, Alex reveals “we’ve had a go at writing some new stuff that’s been a progression…and something slightly different”. Daft Punk is one band Alex hopes to “get to know better in the future and something will happen”, as a band Two Door Cinema Club always “really wanted to collaborate with”.
For now though, they’ll have to settle for their own tour, including a stop at Melbourne’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in February. “We’ve been dying to come back [to Australia] since the last time we were there and so when we got offered Laneway, it was just the perfect opportunity”. For these Irish folk, it’s also a chance to play the role of the tourist. “It’s such a beautiful place and when we’re back we’ll get a few days off to explore”, Alex enthuses. A nice change from the European winter wouldn’t be a bad thing either, he agrees.
As Laneway Festival rolls into town and Two Door Cinema Club play their slew of sideshows, Alex promises that – like the best 80s music cheese – their punchy, indie-pop party tunes will “set the mood, get you ready to go and have a dance”. Really, what more could you ask for?
Two Door Cinema Club will play the 2011 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Melbourne on February 5th as well as sideshows on the 8th and 9th of February at the Prince Band Room, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
You are probably thinking why the fuck we are posting designs off the Paris Fashion Week on the blog because who's got a lazy $4000 spare for a pair of Thierry Mugler leather pants or a Jean Paul Gautier Gold sequined jacket? But we thought that these designs were so unusual they deserved a post in the T-Squat world. By the looks of next season's collection, it seems that high end designers such as JPG, Versace, John Galliano are focusing on a very trashy style. It was probably last year's credit crunch, but we like to tell ourselves T-Squat gave them the inspiration. Derelicte, no?