Winter Essentials
Brain Dead x Magic The Gathering

Brain Dead x Magic The Gathering

Twice* in an age… a gathering occurs. We’re back with our second collaboration featuring the mystical world of Magic: The Gathering. Born in 1993 from the mind of Richard Garfield, Magic: The Gathering’s compelling characters, fantastic worlds, and deep strategic gameplay have entertained and delighted fans for more than 25 years. Since the release of our first capsule Magic: The Gathering has become an even bigger part of our identity here at Brain Dead. From hosting weekly Magic nights at Brain Dead Studios Fairfax to the Brain Dead team sinking their minds into the game’s many otherworldly dimensions, our love for Magic has grown tremendously and become a topic of many impassioned debates within Brain Dead HQ. With over 40 million fans to date, Magic is a worldwide phenomenon published in eleven languages in over 70 countries. This boundaryless game play experience coupled with Magic’s enchanting subcultural context makes this a match made in the multiverse. Ready to play? Brain Dead x Magic: The Gathering will be made available in-store at Brain Dead Studios Fairfax on Wednesday Dec 1st at 11am PT and at wearebraindead.com on December 3rd at 10am PT.

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Fall Winter 21

Fall Winter 21

We could not be more thrilled to announce the release of our fifth and final collection of the year. Titled Drop 5, our Winter release is the biggest single drop not just of ‘21, but in all of Brain Dead history. Featuring over 100 products, these items are tailor made to help avoid our dearly beloveds from quaking in their boots as we descend into the holiday season’s cold embrace. We’re talking long sleeves, beanies, sherpas and (of course) a wide variety of our signature heavyweight fleeces Drop 5 is all the more special as we release our second ever Women’s collection. Featuring more styles than ever before, we could not be more excited to bring you our biggest Women’s line to date. From our Double Knee Utility Pant and embroidered Sleight Of Hand Suit to the office favorite Striped Baby Tee, these pieces can and will incite boyfriend envy the world over, to which we say: it’s about time. Drop 5 will be available on November 30th and retail from $54-$325. The collection will release 10 AM PST on wearebraindead.com and be available vai Brain Dead Studios Fairfax, Brain Dead Studios Harajuku and select retail partners worldwide.

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Free Shipping Worldwide!

Free Shipping Worldwide!

And just like that, the holiday season is in full swing. Before you hang the mistletoe or light your menorah/kinara don’t miss out on our limited-time Black Friday promotion. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. We know that global shipping rates have likely been a pain in your ass for the past 18 months. With carriers more overwhelmed than ever and with no clear end in sight we wanted to extend a token of our gratitude for all of the support over the past year.  We’ll be offering free global shipping from November 25th through November 27th via wearebraindead.com. That’s right, whether you live in Boise or Brussels you can get your favorite Brain Dead items delivered directly to your door without having to worry about the shipping cost at checkout. Simply use the code BRAINEXPRESS (all caps) at checkout and you're good to go! Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season and an improved global supply chain in 2022. Huzzah!

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Climbing Collection

Climbing Collection

There’s a million metaphors within the sport of climbing. “Reach for new heights!” “What goes up must come down!” “One step at a time!” Whether you’ve never stepped foot on the wall or you’re expertly monkeying your way to the top of your nearest vertex, the lessons learned through ascension have infinite applications. If you couldn’t tell, we at Brain Dead love us some climbing, which makes us all the more excited to announce the release of our 2nd full fledged climbing collection. Continuing with our mission to create products built for the lifestyles with which we are rooted, this collection is tailor made for our family within the global climbing community. Be careful, get too high and you may just enter another dimension… This collection features three t-shirts, two long sleeves, two hoodies, a snapback and a bucket hat. The collection will retail for $48-$140 and will be available on 10/23 via wearebraindead.com, Brain Dead Studios Fairfax and select retail partners.

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Amoeba Rug, T-shirt Rug and Kogan Pillows

Need to spruce up your abode? This week we’re delighted to bring you a small range of fresh home goods. First up, our amoeba rug. Inspired by your favorite unicellular organism, we offer a 100% cash back guarantee if this rug comes to life and crawls out your front door… We’re also pleased to bring you our brand new t-shirt rug (looks how it sounds) as well as a new range of pillows featuring graphics from our dear friend and long-time Brain Dead collaborator Kogan in baby blue, orange and purple.

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Dijon Exclusive T-Shirt In Celebration Of Debut Album Absolutely

Dijon Exclusive T-Shirt In Celebration Of Debut Album Absolutely

We are excited to announce Brain Dead Studios partnership with Dijon on a film screening and exclusive t-shirt in conjunction with his debut album titled Absolutely. The Maryland born, L.A. based recording artist began experimenting with collages of R&B, Funk and Dance as one part of the duo Abhi//Dijon before launching a solo career in 2019. Dijon went on to release his first two solo projects in the following years, giving fans Sci Fi 1 in 2019 and the critically acclaimed How Do You Feel About Getting Married? in 2020. Absolutely will mark Dijon’s third body of work and first full-length solo album.

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Giant Claw

Our latest musically inclined collaboration with none other than Keith Rankin, known as Giant Claw. Rankin began the journey of Giant Claw in 2010, releasing 4 full length EPs in that time all released under his label Orange Milk Records of which he co-founded with partner Seth Graham. Rankin has become well known for his granular attention to detail, yielding dense, multi-dimensional tracks offering a smorgasbord of idea’s into tight pockets of space. His latest EP, titled Mirror Guide, was released in May of 2021 and has been received with open arms by fans and newcomers alike as they delve into its labyrinth of harmonic arrangements. Our collaborative t-shirt celebrates Giant Claw’s latest music video off the EP for the track Until Mirror. Directed by Theo Triantafyllidis, Rankin describes the track as a “slowly morphing piece that tries to evoke feelings of anxiously waiting or yearning.” The video is set in an abandoned facility and contains an unattended exhibition of free 3D assets adding yet another layer to Giant Claw’s highly concentrated approach.

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Danny Brown Doki Doki Literature Club

We’re delighted to host the one and only Danny Brown at Brain Dead Studios Fairfax for a live Doki Doki Literature Club! experience + exclusive t-shirt at 8 PM on 10/29 with tickets available here. Developed in 2017 by Team Salvato, Doki Doki is a freeware visual novel that follows the story of a young highschool student who is convinced to join his school’s literature club… only to learn that book’s are the last thing on the agenda. After deciding which of the club’s three female protagonists to court, the game begins to unfold in a way that can only be described as unconventional. What begins as a dating simulator quickly  develops into a full-scale psychological thriller, breaking the fourth wall and leaving the player in a state of shock and awe. With multiple endings, unlockable scenes and overall chaos this is sure to be a thrilling evening for both Danny and our spectators alike. 

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Wide Leg Striped Pants

This week we’re back with pants that will make your fall wardrobe sing. Our new wide-leg denim is the latest iteration in our denim collection and features what many are calling the widest leg in the west… Featuring blue/white striped colorway these have fast become a staff favorite within Brain Dead HQ. Who doesn’t love a little room to breathe?

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New Fleece, Long Sleeves and Beanies!

New Fleece, Long Sleeves and Beanies!

This week’s drop features three colorways of our odd-friends reverse fleece hoodie, brand new running man logo beanies and embroidered waffle knit long sleeves, all of which do a sensational job at keeping your warmth in and the cold away. Stay toasty out there!

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Brain Dead x ASICS TRABUCO MAX™ Chaos Slime - Black

No matter the terrain, traction is vital. We are thrilled to bring you the latest in our collaborative partnership with ASICS, the TRABUCO MAX™ Black/Cinnabar. Utilizing one of ASICS trail running silhouettes, the TRABUCO MAX™ is our most technologically advanced shoe to date. How you ask? With an ASICSGRIP™ outsole the TRABUCO MAX™ will carry you through sleet or snow with absolute ease. The FLYTEFOAM™ under the heel provides the feeling of your fluffiest down whilst going about your day. Lastly, by utilizing proprietary GUIDESOLE™ technology in the toe box this shoe is scientifically proven to save energy over the long run. What to do with that energy is up to you… but shall we suggest calling your Grandma? She’d love to hear from you!

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Brain Dead x Mdou Moctar

Brain Dead x Mdou Moctar

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with beloved Tuareg musician and band Mdou Moctar. We’ve designed an exclusive t-shirt inspired by their 2019 album Afrique Victim. To celebrate we’re hosting a screening of the Nigerien film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai starring Mdou Mocatar himself followed by a special DJ set from the band at our back patio café, Slammers. Raised in the remote Niger village of Agadez, Mdou Moctar drew early inspiration from Eddie Van Halen’s 6-string approach. After building his own guitar, Mdou Mocatar mastered his unique style. Forming a band that bears his namesake, Mdou Moctar now consists of Mdou as well as rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and producer Mikey Coltun. Afrique Victim reimagines Saharan music by melding Eddie Van Halen pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and guitar shredding, field recordings, drums rhythms, poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers. Mdou Moctar is not only the frontman of his own band, but the star of the first ever Tuareg language fiction film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It), an homage to Prince’s Purple Rain.

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Fall '21 Drop 4 Collection

Ah Fall… the time of year where the nights get cooler, the leaves more colorful and all your favorite layers come out to play. While we’re sad to watch Summer go, the blow is cushioned by the release of our latest collection. Titled ‘Drop 4’, our pre-Fall release was shot by legendary Dutch photographer and visual artist Paul Kooiker. With Kooiker’s photographic process being highly regarded for relishing in imperfections, he has become well renowned for his post production work, oftentimes manipulating photos to get them juuuust right. With the Drop 4 campaign being shot on mannequins, Kooiker’s ability to bring life to our incredibly stiff models was a chef’s kiss in the creation of this line. Drop 4 includes all the things you’ve come to love about Fall. We’re talking fuzzy sweaters, long sleeve three-quarter zips, reverse fleece sweatpants, corduroy buckets, and (of course) a wide variety of graphic tees from the minds of our team. Heck, we even made a Chuckie inspired hoodie for good measure. 

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Brain Dead x

Brain Dead x "The Dark Crystal"

It’s no secret that we at Brain Dead love our movies… Today we are thrilled to be announcing the release of our latest cinema inspired capsule collection built around The Dark Crystal in collaboration with The Academy of Motion Pictures. Directed by the legendary animator and puppeteer Jim Henson in 1982, the film is widely regarded as one of the all-time great fantasy epics. The film follows the story of Jen, a Gelfing who's been tutored by the wisest of mystics. In a world in which evil runs amok, Jen sets out on a quest to restore balance to his once sacred land by finding the missing shard of the mysterious Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal not only encapsulates Jim Henson’s genius storytelling capabilities, but highlights his innovative techniques both as a puppeteer and director with an on screen presentation that was far before it’s time.

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Joey Watson Ceramics and Petwear

We are jazzed to announce the release of a special line of ceramics concocted by the one and only Joey Watson. Graduating with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Watson utilizes 3D rendering, computerized gas kilns and other cutting edge technology to create his otherworldly pieces. Inspired by the human relationship between themselves and their ritual objects, the bong, mug, cup, bowl and vase he created for this collection are meant to be used as an integral part to one’s daily routine. Available in store at Brain Dead Fabrications, Joey was kind enough to create a limited quantity of the above items available via wearebraindead.com This week’s release also includes updated versions of our beloved petwear. Three brand spanking new colorways of our beloved leash and collar as well as our first ever harness to ensure comfort for the rambunctious pups in your life. Suddenly walk time has never been so exciting!

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Metallic and Crepe Clogs, Marble Dye Sweats

Metallic and Crepe Clogs, Marble Dye Sweats

Our unisex clog is back and better than ever. Handcrafted in Italy using industrial rubberized crepe upper and a wooden platform, this shoe is made all the better placed upon Vibram’s world-class outsoles. This year our shoe has been revamped via our futuristic ‘metal’ colorway. Reflectively texturized, these are the shoes you would wear when taking the 2-door spaceship out on date night… The Metal Zoccolo Clogs and a new line of our Marble Sweatpants and Hoodies will be available at 10 AM PST via wearebraindead.com, Brain Dead Studios Fairfax and Brain Dead Fabrications.

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Sarah Vaccine Live + In The Flesh!

September 23th 8pm at Brain Dead Studios Fairfax

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Brain Dead x Them Skates

We are ecstatic to announce the release of our latest collaboration with independently owned and operated THEM SKATES. Founded by legendary inline skater Jon Julio, THEM SKATES is as core as it gets. After winning the National Championship in 1996, Jon Julio has lived a life dedicated to the art of inline skating. From street to vert and everything in between, THEM SKATES represents what it means to be truly independent in today’s skate market. Based in Santa Ana, California, THEM SKATES has never faltered in their dedication to their beloved pastime. With our founder Kyle Ng being a fanatical skater and good friend of Jon’s, this collaboration is truly the melding of two companies whose DNA is inherently intertwined. Not only will the our collaborative line with THEM SKATES feature custom skates and a full collection of apparel, but we have joined forces to create a new team video featuring THEM’s eclectic group of international skaters. The Brain Dead x THEM SKATES collection will retail for $65-300 and be released Tuesday, August 31st at 10 AM PST online at wearbraindead.com as well as in store at Brain Dead Studios and THEM SKATES’s Santa Ana store.

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Brain Dead x Gramicci

We're excited to announce our latest collaboration with California based outdoor brand Gramicci. After making a trip to Yosemite and founding the infamous ‘Stonemasters’ with his friends in 1977, founder Mike ‘Gramicci’ Graham began prototyping products for his group to use in the hopes of quite literally bringing climbing to new heights. A lifelong climber and outdoorsman, Graham couldn’t find shorts tailor made for his favorite activity. Not one to quit when hitting a wall, Graham decided to develop his own. His innovative take on the climbing short included a gusseted crotch and integrated nylon belt, and just like that climbing gear was never the same. With climbing being an integral part of Brain Dead’s DNA this collaboration made sense from start. The Brain Dead x Gramicci collection features two t-shirts, a long sleeve, bucket hat, 6 panel hat, and of course both shorts and pants in true Gramicci fashion. The Brain Dead x Gramicci collection will release on August 24th at 10 AM PST. This collection will be made available via wearebraindead.com, as well as all Brain Dead Studios worldwide.

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Brain Dead x Kiko x Asics Gel Fratelli

Kiko Kostadinov, Brain Dead, and ASICS Sportstyle come together for one the summer’s most unexpected, yet most innovative, and inspiring pairings with the release of the ASICS GEL-FRATELLI. The GEL-FRATELLI features two distinct siblings that, when paired together, form one singular voice. Right brain vs left brain. Left side vs right side. The difference between both pairs being held together by the mutual respect between all three brands. The GEL-FRATELLI marries the GEL-NIMBUS 23 sole with design cues from the ASICS LAZERBEAM upper. The teams at Kiko Kostadinov and Brain Dead each tackled one side of the shoe, independently of each other, with Kiko Kostadinov working the right side and Brain Dead on the left side. Yet, just as in our minds, and despite the contrasting styles, the two halves work together actively participating in a new dialogue. One-hundred and twenty pairs of the GEL-FRATELLI will be released online on kikokostadinov.com and wearebraindead.com plus in-store at Brain Dead Studios Fairfax in Los Angeles on August 15, 2021 at 10am PT.

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Brain Dead x Belle And Sebastian

Brain Dead x Belle And Sebastian

Brain Dead has partnered with Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian on two collaborative t-shirts inspired by their albums If You’re Feeling Sinister and Tigermilk. To celebrate Belle and Sebastian have curated a special NTS show airing Friday, August 6th 5-6PM PT filled with some of their favorite music. Since their inception in 1994, the Glasgow based pop band has put out no less than 10 albums under the leadership of founding member Stuart Murdoch. Having spent over two decades delivering fans their unique brand of sensitive, thoughtful songwriting and engaging visual aesthetic, Belle and Sebastian show no signs of slowing down. In late 2020 the band released yet another project, debuting their live double LP titled What To Look For in Summer and in 2022 plan to venture on a worldwide tour. Largely considered one of the top indie pop acts not just in the UK, but throughout the world, we’re excited to work with Belle and Sebastian on this special project. 

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Horfee Suit and Chained Forever Ring

We're stoked to announce some new dressy styles for your Summer soirees/court appearances. Our new Horfee suit features artwork by, you guessed it, Antwan Horfee. Antwan first garnered attention in Paris's independent art scene. After making his name as a graffiti writer, he made a foray into the gallery scene. His seamless blending of grit and vibrant color fit perfectly into the Brain Dead universe. Also, we already made the Horfee Shirt so... Also releasing with the suit is our newest installment of our ongoing relationship with Jason Le Compte. Hailing from Venice Beach, JLC has achieved "unmistakeable" status through his handmade jewelry that is both modern and respects tradition. Both new styles are available now on our webstore!

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Late Summer Drop 3 Collection

We are thrilled to announce the third drop of our Later Summer collection.The campaign was shot in a very special location, “Pescetrullo” a project developed and designed by Gaetano Pesce. The place is represented by colorful irregular shaped houses, surrounded by fig, almond and olive trees. Keeping in the Brain Dead tradition, we’ve sourced graphics from our close network of independent artists. Artists being featured in this collection include our friends Jupes, Gassius, and Antwan Horfee. This delivery is playful to say the least. Our fabric plays this season, such as engineered ribbing mixed with all over patterns, create moments of nostalgic excitement. Our application plays this season, such as embroidery mixed with printing, are compelling not only to the eyes, but to the hands as well. From peached cotton to piques, our choice of fabric is evocative of the mid 90’s retro athleticism. Our new mesh football shirts are a nod to classic varsity iconography while our new raglan shirts usher in the dreamy nostalgia found in such movies as Dazed and Confused or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Along with these classics, we have also created the world’s finest headwear in the form of our new bandana hat.

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Brain Dead x Flash Art Magazine

Brain Dead x Flash Art Magazine

Brain Dead has teamed up with renowned Italian contemporary art magazine Flash Art for the release of their Summer ‘21 edition. Founded in 1967, Flash Art has cemented themselves as a seminal global publication, driving the conversation surrounding the world of contemporary art for well over five decades. Brain Dead has partnered with Flash Art on a two page spread in their latest edition ‘Cultural Apocalypses,’ taking a stark look at the current global cultural apocalypse as human’s time on this planet comes to it’s inevitable end. To accompany the release of ‘Cultural Apocalypses’ Brain Dead has designed a custom T-Shirt featuring art from the spread. Are we simply going through the motions, or is there categorical change afoot? Warning: answers may vary....

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Brand New Eyewear For Your Peepers!

The sun is shining... are you protected? We are back with a brand new run of our Post Modern Primitive Eye Protection just in time for Summer. Crafted from our sustainably sourced, biodegradable acetate and structured stainless steel core, these glasses include optical quality lenses with 100% UV protection. We’re pleased to announce that this drop features new iterations of the fan favorite Tanis, Elias, and Kopelmans. Not ones to stick to our guns, this year we’ve added three new silhouettes to the mix. The Stauntons offer square-frame purists our take on the timeless shape, the Nattos are the perfect frame to mask any and all looks (whatever their intention), and the Mutants invite us to look through the eyes of a fly on the wall. These frames round out this year’s eyewear offering in distinct fashion, with all six contributing to the greater story of our eyewear program. With almost enough shapes to play Tetris, we hope this release offers the opportunity for facial structures big, narrow, wide and small to receive the modern yet primitive eye protection they’ve been seeking. Every style in the collection will retail for $175 and be available via wearbraindead.com, Brain Dead Studios Fairfax, Brain Dead Studios Harajuku, Brain Dead Studios Milan as well as all Dover Street Market locations and select retail partners worldwide.

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