The ever-charming work of Brooklyn-based artist Steve "ESPO" Powers will brighten any wall—even if it's an image of walking garbage, like his "Drag Yourself To Work Day" print. This bold, three-color piece is a 12" x 12" screenprint on 334 gram Coventry Rag and was printed in an edition of 100. It's so delightfully morose that it will spark up even the dullest Mondays.
Wallow in your apathy and self-pity with Mean Folk's adorably depressing "Why Even Try" patch. The hand-shaped embroidered patch can be sewn or ironed onto your favorite denim jacket or tote bag. If you can be bothered, that is.
Host an apologetic party with Adam J Kurtz's tongue-in-cheek balloons: they show guests you've reached enlightenment by acknowledging the truth. Especially if you're the only guest. There's a matching gold enamel pin if you need (or are obligated) to emphasize the message.
Toronto-based Inner Decay has a knack for making eye-catching pins and patches that stir-up all kinds of feelings. Their straightforward “The End” patch marks a conclusion—whether it's a story's happily-ever-after ending, the last statement in an argument, or something a little more grim. The three-inch round patch comes with an iron-on backing and its black-and-white colorway makes it easy to match.
There's nothing like a pocket-sized notebook to keep track of what really matters. With Rude Notebook's handmade "People I Want To Punch In The Face" journal, it's really all in the name. It's petite, pretty (with a soft buckrum cover, hot-stamped with gold lettering) and we've found that writing things down actually helps ease frustration.
Fly the flag for lovable curmudgeons everywhere with this "Go Away" sweater from British label Lazy Oaf. The grey marl crewneck (made from 100% cotton) features a chenille-embroidered flag and a very clear message. While it's part of the brand's men's collection, the relaxed fit and size range (from small to extra-large) means it will fit grumps of all genders. Wear it on hungover days, Mondays, any day.
NYC-based artist Marcus Conrad Poston makes all kinds of curios, but our favorite is his bright neon "Quiet" sign. Available in various colorways, the sign measures approximately 32 by 20 inches and is a not-so-subtle way for curmudgeons and introverts to tell guests to shut up—or leave.
Some mornings the positive mantra just doesn't cut it, so when you've had just about enough, Explorers Press' "Fuck It" pennant is the flag to fly high. The soft felt pennant is silk-screened, measures 24 inches and won't make you feel inadequate when you spend the day in your pajamas.
Toronto's No Fun Press is nothing if not straightforward. Socks, patches and the like are emblazoned with slogans like "Anti-You" and "Eat Shit." Our favorite, however, is the no nonsense "No Fun" beanie. Available in a range of colorways, these simple beanies are an easy way to tell the winter world what you're all about—making for an effortless filter.
For proud introverts and those who just need a day off from humans, Montreal's Stay Home Club has all kinds of products for people who like to recharge solo. Our pick is the unisex "Happy Alone" T-shirt (available in black or gray) which is made in the USA and then screen-printed by hand in Montreal. The perfect T-shirt to show off in front of nobody.
Using simple, comfy white cotton tees, Brooklyn-based studio Deer Dana pays homage to a variety of contemporary figures—from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Sade, Grace Jones and Lil Wayne. Our pick is TV’s favorite grump: Larry David. The Seinfeld co-creator and overall awkward human is drawn in Deer Dana’s signature sketch style on a 100% fine-jersey tee. Each shirt is hand-printed by LQQK Studio in Manhattan.
Tortonto-based graphic designer Marta Ryczko's side project Weekender Supply Co. is a treasure chest of feels in pin form, whether you're feeling tangled or abstract. Her most bold offering, the "Fuck It" enamel pin, lets the accessory do the talking when you can't be bothered. If you want another way to say it, there's an iron-on patch version available too.
Whether a nod to awkward adolescences or the iconic Australian coming-of-age novel "Puberty Blues," House of Cards' new bag makes teen angst look great. The tote is made from 100% rippled, pool water-printed cotton and features a zip-up compartment inside to keep all your treasures safe. Most charming, though, is the baby blue and pale pink "Puberty Blues" patch sewn onto the side.
A conceptual label founded in 2011, Fun Time is a brand that creates made-in-Portugal apparel inspired by the team's youth in the '90s. Their 100% cotton "Paradise Lost" T-shirt was designed to shine light on the moment when adolescents bid adieu to innocence.
LA-based artist Cheryl Humphreys uses the technique of blind embossing to slightly raise the words "We Are Not Impressed" on paper, resulting in a minimalist print that can be felt as much as it can be seen. It's artwork with attitude.
From Georgia Perry's newest collection of enamel pins comes the Larry David. Perfectly capturing David's trademark furrowed brow and unimpressed expression, Perry's pin is 30mm by 30mm and packaged in a protective bio-degradable cello sleeve—ready to be placed on your favorite bag or lapel to show the world just how awkward everything is.