Black with red webbing trim, skull and rose kilt lining, and black or white shirt
Knee length kilt, tactical vest, and medieval style shirt
Other colours available on request as part of our bespoke service
Made in limited numbers in Britain
As a member of the bombastic Eighties band Hope St. Dreams, the Warrior was always billed as “the quiet one”. Even as part of the hottest act in the industry, and despite wearing outrageous outfits while thrashing on the drums like a wild animal, he remained enigmatic – quiet, reserved, almost shy. He was hardly the rock and roll type growing up, coming from a rural upbringing in the American Midwest where his family lived off the land. They herded and hunted and harvested, finding balance with nature and enjoying a lifestyle free from commerce and consumerism. But as with many young men, the Warrior sought adventure in the big city. Despite achieving the kind of stratospheric success that most musicians can only dream of, he found himself at odds – not with the music he created, but with what it stood for. He was becoming a product, a commodity, a cog in a machine that was designed to sell things. The day their agent referred to the band’s followers as “consumers” rather than fans, he took every pair of drumsticks he owned into the forest neighbouring his home and snapped them in two. He left the wood to be reclaimed by nature and never played again, resigning from the band and returning to the way of life he previously knew.
THE WARRIOR’S TALE
While he resented music as an industry, he never resented the band or regretted the time he spent in it. It was, after all, how he met the Inventor, the nascent musicians struggling to make their way together in the big city before hitting the big time – and ultimately building a life together as husband and wife. The Inventor credits her husband with helping her “find my social conscience” over the years, which culminated in her following his lead in leaving the band and pursuing a completely different way of life. “He just wanted to make enough money from music to live a happy life,” she recalled. “But with every new t-shirt and every new product with our faces on it, he just saw more and more damage being done to the planet – damage with our name on it. “When we quit, we took the keys to all the houses we owned down to the homeless shelter. We don’t even own a house any more – we’ve built a home on land belonging to some dear friends who see a lot of things the same way we do. I don’t think we even have any money any more – we don’t have a mailbox, so I don’t get bank statements anyway. We hunt and farm what we need and barter for the rest; I haven’t needed money in almost a decade.” Ever the innovator, today the Inventor conceives many of the traps that the Warrior uses to snare his catches. “I still can’t beat some of the methods his family taught him when he was young, but most things can be refined somehow – it’s like working on a song, you can always fine tune.” Do they ever fine tune songs any more? “We sing around the house quite a lot – he’s actually pretty good! It’s ironic that he had to leave the music industry to find his voice. Or maybe it’s that, now he has something he believes in, he has something actually worth saying.”
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