We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to look back at one of the wildest nights in British rock history as attendees like John
Located, true to its name, in a parking garage on 84 King Street in Manhattan, Paradise Garage was one of the only clubs ever built for a specific DJ. As a venue, it was relatively nondescript, but what it lacked in decor it made up for with its much-revered sound system and passionate members. The sound system was developed, designed, and installed by Richard Long & Associates (RLA), and was said by club patrons to be the best in NYC, if not the world. A distinctive style of dance music known as garage house or simply “garage” originated there and the club has been credited for its influence on the development of the modern dance club. The Garage’s legend is synonymous with that of DJ Larry Levan who was the club’s resident DJ in the most literal sense; at one point even living in the club. “Saturday Mass” is what people called his marathon 12-hour sets as Larry would preach through his music from the DJ booth, much like a minister from the pulpit. Levan delivered his sermon every weekend, from the club’s opening in 1977 to the day the Garage forever closed its doors in the summer of 1987.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Next Level 3900 Premium Women’s tees, aka ‘the boyfriend tee, one of the softest, best-wearing women’s t-shirts available today. We utilize state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it both comfortable and flattering while the feminine fit and shorter sleeves add a special touch to this classic missy cut tee.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. The Next Level 3900 is a fitted women’s t-shirt, so if you are looking for a roomier fit, we suggest going up a size or with the unisex Bella + Canvas 3001 we print our men’s t-shirts on as they are the same super soft ring-spun cotton that feels like an old favorite. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
*Heather colors are 90% ring-spun cotton and 10% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.