November 3, 2017
Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Andre 3000 is getting ready to takes his talents to the fashion world with an Anita Baker inspired t-shirt line.
What do we say to that?
In a recent interview with GQ Style Andre talked about his love for the artist and what sparked his desire to create a line using her image.
“As you get older, the people you love pop back up. I was going through an Anita Baker phase, and I started trying to buy a T-shirt. So I go on the Internet and I find this site that had shirts with photos of Anita on them. So I bought two or three of them. Then when I got ’em in the mail, they were like—the part of the shirt where the picture was printed on there was so hard.”
“Right, it feels like this big piece of wood on your chest. So it’s like, ‘Man, this clearly has to be bootleg.’ I felt bad about it, because it’s like, I know Anita ain’t got shit to do with these shirts.”
“I’m an artist, and I’m buying bootleg shirts of another artist, so I felt bad. So I was like, Maybe, so my conscience feels good, let me try to find an address for Anita and send her a little check. And it’ll be a joke, like, “Anita, I just bought these shirts, I feel bad about it, here’s $50.” Then I started thinking, Wouldn’t it be great to design a line of Anita Baker tees and present the line to Anita? Maybe she needs some merch.”
Andre and GQ’s writer came up with a plan to feature pics with Andre’s Anita Baker designs for the GQ special, then pitch it to Anita afterwards. Check out Anita’s response below.
Ur an artist we isolate S’times, become solitary & Yes, its true the Artistry of Others pull us out. I know. I understand. We’ll talk ABXO pic.twitter.com/4iR0gKHXuI
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) October 31, 2017
I don’t know about you, but we’re loving it.
Read the full article and check out the designs here.