Shirts & Destroy – a company that releases tee shirts designed by local artists, tattooers and bands – has closed its Greenpoint store and is leaving the city.
Ryan Begley opened the brick-and-mortar version of his online shop two years ago, but had to close it earlier this month due to – you guessed it – a rent hike. Two of them, actually: one at the shop at 293 Manhattan Ave. and the other at his Lower East Side apartment.
The good news: Shirts & Destroy will continue releasing its ultra-cool tee shirts through its online store, as Begley has decided to buy a house where he’ll store all his merch.
“It was actually less money to have a house outside the city,” he told us. “There’s a huge basement so everything is getting moved in here.”
Shirts & Destroy creates limited-edition tee shirts by collaborating with a wealth of talented types within the tattoo and underground music worlds — including tattoo shops like Kings Avenue and Greenpoint Tattoo Co., bars like St. Vitus, artists like Thomas Hooper, and beloved hardcore and metal bands such as Integrity and Despise You.