Boiler Room announces its partnership with Shanghai-based collective Asian Dope Boys as part of the launch of its first RTW collection: CLUB20/20. The rebellious nomads were tasked with creating a limited edition Tee that took inspiration from Shanghai’s club culture.
Performance artist Chen Tianzhuo’s ( 陈天灼 in Chinese) established multidisciplinary troupe Asian Dope Boys’ design pattern stars a limited edition t-shirt available exclusively online at Innersect from 7 March onwards. In addition to the Boiler Room Club 20/20 main line of core club-ready coolness.
Using their often ambitious, beautiful yet bizarre work as a reference, their transgressive shows and live dance performances, raves, and record label have been known to take inspiration from Chinese religion, Butoh, vogueing… And now enter the world of Temper Tantrum-worthy Tee fashion.
Raw, uncut and homemade, China’s subculture gets fashionably lit. Ready for it?
About Asian Dope Boys
Founder Chen was born in Beijing (1985) and studied for his Bachelor of Fine Arts from 2007 until 2009 at prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went on to get his master’s degree from Chelsea College of Art in 2010.
Chen’s response to pop culture and his integration of the familiar is a larger-than-life combination of the fantastical and nightmarish. For Chen, pop culture is a full-on belief system: the ethos of rap is treated like something sacred, and religious totems like Adaha (an androgynous symbol from Buddhism) mixed up with commercially made dragon bongs, freemason eyes and the innards of inflatable animals.
“My work is based on my personal interests and experiences in those pop culture or subculture scenes — both in urban China and in the UK — through all the events and parties I was involved in,” Chen explains, “I was keen to make my work reflect the life and cultural times of my [post-80] generation, and share the same experiences with them.”
By taking characters from cartoons or pop culture iconography and absorb these into his newly invented cult symbol system, Chen is trying to create a tension between pop culture and religion.
About Boiler Room
Boiler Room is an independent music platform and cultural curator, connecting club culture to the wider world, on-screen and IRL through parties, film, and video. Founded in 2010, Boiler Room started with a webcam taped to a wall, broadcasting from a warehouse in London, opening a keyhole to the city’s underground. DIY at its finest; raw, uncut, homemade. Just the stuff we lust after at Temper.
Since then, Boiler Room has built a unique archive; featuring over 4,000 performances, by more than 5,000 artists, spanning 150 cities, enabling everyone regardless of where they live to enjoy the freedom it stands for.
With its award-winning content Boiler Room reaches more than 283+ million per month. Boiler Room has a significant and growing fan base in Latin America, key broadcast hubs across New York, London, Los Angeles and Berlin and the dedication of the world’s most committed music fans, who consume shows expertly — curated by its passionate music team.
The Boiler remit is to platform music in new ways – sound on for the voices and stories on the fringes of the
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FEATURED IMAGE: AISHI DEVI WITH ASIAN DOPE BOYS IN 2018, VIA CHEN TIANZHUO IG, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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