14. TRIPLE 5 SOUL Triple Five Deadly Venoms
Inspired By: Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
Camella Ehlke's 555 Soul paved the way alongside the Canadian 2BLACKGUYS brand for a unique aesthetic steeped in hip-hop culture. But bringing in SSUR's Russell Karablin to give them some extra edge in their early days (bear in mind that the store opened in 1989) to create a shirt that flipped the Shaw Brothers' grindhouse martial art classic, 'Five Deadly Venoms' for some martial arts flavour that gelled the two long before Wu-Tang did. You can get a kung-fu themed shirt anywhere now and it got played-out, but once again, Russell got there before you did.