In both a touching and confusing story of trolls trolling trolls trolling trolls, recent Parsons graduate Isabel Simpson-Kirsch has printed Lil B’s #based visage on a collection of jersey separates (t-shirt, shorts and a jacket) that bear more than a slight resemblance to cultural node Wil Fry’s Ian-Connor-covered signature sportswear. Fry, who first blew up thanks to the beyond-ubiquitous “Givenchy” Brooklyn Nets jersey, is no stranger to reappropriating imagery himself, although his concepts—such as his “expensive” tee, an all-over sublimation print featuring actual designer hangtags—remain both deliberate and unique. For me, he solidified his place in the IRLOL/facepalm hall of fame when he released a series of 4 Mac OSX desktop-printed shirts priced at $2,199 to fund the purchase of his new laptop. The man is nothing if not resourceful.
I can’t help but feel that Four Pins’ recent piece, which ponders whether Fry is “dead serious or the biggest design troll of our generation,” was actually meant for Simpson-Kirsch, who managed not only to jack Fry’s already-jacked swag, but also to translate it into a VFILES exclusive pre-order launch. Given the fact that VFILES typically wouldn’t be caught dead on the outside of any culture-related joke, I can’t help but wonder who is trolling who here.
Either way, the “Lil Fry” and or “Wil B, the Based God” jokes write themselves.