Chris Martin, the English singer-songwriter and vocalist for the band Coldplay, was recently snapped in L.A. wearing our Back to the Future homage T-shirt ‘Hill Valley High School’.
Adelaide’s style magazine Rip It Up contacted us for an interview about the idea behind Last Exit to Nowhere. Here’s a snippet of what was said:
“Rip It Up has stumbled upon the greatest film T-shirt company on the web, designed especially for movie fans wanting something that cuts a little bit deeper than simply having a Hollywood star’s grinning mug on your chest. Last Exit To Nowhere specialise in T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with obscure logo and designs from your favourite cult films, whether they be Fight Club, Aliens or Shaun of the Dead” Rip It Up gets the goss from founder, Mike Ford. Q: How long have you been around for and what spurred you into action? A: Last Exit is an idea I’ve been playing with for about four years. It evolved from an interest in designing band T-shirts, travelling and a love of great films. Q: It looks like you’ve got some cool celebrities donning your gear now – which celebrity would you like to get on board? A: “It’s great having Simon Pegg supporting what we do, also Andrew Stanton (Toy Story/WALL-E) is a big fan. I guess the ultimate would be Barack Obama wearing our Weyland Yutani T-Shirt – now that really would be something!”
Continued in Rip It Up Issue 1031, Apr 23 – Apr 29.
Davin O’Dwyer from The Irish Times writes a great piece about Last Exit to Nowhere in last Saturday’s edition:
Fashion for film buffs
Music fans have long had rich pickings in the T-shirt stakes, but for the obsessive movie buff, designs are usually restricted to unimaginative renderings of movie titles, as if wearing a film poster was sartorially acceptable. For those who would like to wear their film fandom on their chest in a less conspicuous fashion, Last Exit to Nowhere is for you.
The brainchild of graphic designer and movie fan Mike Ford, Last Exit produces Tees featuring the logos and branding of all those fictional places and products that populate the movie universe, from the sci-fi megacorporations from Alien, Blade Runner and Terminator to the humble pubs from Shaun of the Dead and Withnail and I . Best of all, the designs display a real fidelity to the aesthetic of the movies, so the logo for Dapper Dan, George Clooney’s hair pomade from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, is a worn and battered 1930s design (above), while the tourist T-shirt for Amity Island, terrorised by that scary shark in Jaws , is pure 1970s iconography. For serious movie geeks, these shirts are esoteric in the coolest possible way. The shirts cost £18 (€19.83), not including postage, from www.lastexittonowhere.com.
We were recently sent this great picture of Simon Pegg sporting our Dawn of the Dead homage T-shirt from September’s Geek Monthly. Nice.
Daniel Bettridge writes a piece about Last Exit to Nowhere in his Times Online article “Geek Chic: 10 perfect T-shirts for a Summer of blockbusters.”:
“Did I fall asleep and wake up in some kind of bizzaro world? Suddenly it’s cool to be a geek. I mean really cool.
Finally our time has come my geeky brethren. No longer must we huddle together in the darkened corners of comic book stores; instead we are free to walk the earth without fear of derision from our peers. Geek is officially chic, but never fear if you weren’t lucky enough to win a spiffy Rorschach hoodie in our Watchmen competition, as the Internet is awash with nerdy apparel. Here are just a few of our favourites from the dressing up box of awesomeness that’s the Internet.
Sometimes you want your geekiness to run up and slap people round the face with a comically sized fish, and sometimes you want it to creep up on them. Last Exit To Nowhere specialise in the latter with t-shirts that only you and the other 10% of insiders in the population will get, like this OCP company shirt from the Robocop movies.”
Last Exit to Nowhere T-Shirt Gift Guide
by Douglas Polisin | Published December 11, 2008
With only a handful of shopping days left, finding that special gift for a movie lover can sometimes turn into an elusive search for rare movies, expensive box sets, strange action figures and vintage memorabilia. But for those people who don’t have the time to bid on eBay all day and want the perfect holiday gift for a movie lover, Last Exit to Nowhere has the solution: A movie themed T-shirt.
With dozens of T-shirts sporting fictionalized logos, places and phrases from your favorite blockbusters, indies and classics, Last Exit to Nowhere is the place to go for all your movie lover shopping needs. The only problem is which shirt to choose. Luckily, MovieMaker put together this gift guide to streamline the process and ensure you have more time for wrapping presents.
Amity Island T-shirt
Make a big splash with this T-shirt, which is perfect for those beach-goers afraid to get their toes wet. From Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, patrons of the fictionalized summer resort town of Amity Island know that there’s nothing better than a nice, refreshing midnight skinny-dip in the ocean to relax. Also a great shirt for those who “need a bigger boat.”
Are you looking for a gift for that aspiring astronaut or space traveler? How about for that slimy egg or drooling alien enthusiast? Well, then this is the perfect shirt. Those who have seen Ridley Scott’s Alien know that when you hop aboard the Nostromo spaceship, you’re not only hauling mineral ore through space… you’re harboring a small alien in your chest.
The Slaughtered Lamb T-shirt
For those on your list who like to drink beer and blood, there has never been a better shirt. While legend holds that this local pub would smear the blood of a lamb on its door to keep werewolves at bay, John Landis’ classic An American Werewolf in London proved that even werewolves like a good beer… drinker. Get this shirt for someone and they’ll be howling at the moon for days.
Mighty Mick’s Boxing T-shirt
A must-have shirt for all those who box and enjoy fighting, as well as those looking to get into shape after the New Year. And if you know of someone planning on running up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this is the perfect top to do it in. With this Rocky T-shirt, you’ll be in great shape (at least in terms of gift-giving).
The perfect gift for that brainy scientist or engineer in the family, the Cyberdyne T-shirt just screams, “I know how to create a super race of machines bent on killing all humans!” But, if there’s any truth to The Terminator, that won’t happen for another 20 years or so—just enough time to bask in the glory of your great gift giving. Because with a T-shirt like this, you’ll never have to say, “I’ll be back” with a better gift.