King Kong is fresh on Native NY Clothing T-shirt Review

When you’re company name is Native New York, it seems as though it is obligatory to use New York references and icons for the brand, in this case the popular King Kong was chosen. This tee was chosen as one of our T-shirt Tuesday posts and since it was a tee that caught my attention it seemed only right to give a full in depth review of this indie brand’s shirt.

*Rating system is graded out 5 globes on the following categories: Packaging, Presentation, Quality, & Printing that will be given an overall rating. Design and Pricing is not graded as it is subjective, what appeals to one person design and price wise may not be appealing or preferably price worthy to another*


Design: If you’re looking for a simple and clean design, this shirt is not for you. While Native NY has some simpler and cleaner designs this one screams action. It is their own dynamic version of a New York icon in its most memorable scene. I do like that the woman is dressed as Lady Liberty and Kong has a fresh chain with the Native NY logo and looking more badass than usual. This illustration was made by the comic book style designer Jared “Beast Pop” Moraitis, who I think was a very good choice to bring in for this t-shirt. One thing that I did not know about this shirt, which I think should be shown on their website is that their is an upper print of the logo on the back of the shirt.



Pricing: Native New York’s prices are fair with their t-shirts costing you $22 plus $5 shipping and handling.

Packaging: 2.5 Globes


It was shipped in a regular plain polymailer, so it gets the average score.

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Presentation: 4.5 Globes

When I opened up the package I expected a t-shirt in a simple polybag, but I did not expect a full packaged product. It was in a tight sealed plastic bag with a retail ready gloss card stock topper. On the front side the topper has the logo and the bag shows most detailed portion of the front of the shirt with the King Kong die cut sticker that was a bonus with this package. The back side of the topper has a blank space which has the size of the shirt on it with a marker, the logo, and their social media information. My only gripe really is that the way the shirt folds looks a little smushed, but I ‘m not sure if there’s a way to make that neater. If you’re wondering how it looks so nice, there’s a piece of cardboard that the shirt is folded around. It also had a packing slip that had a hand written note, which is a nice personal touch.



Quality: 4.5 Globes


The quality of the shirt is a soft 100% ringspun cotton shirt. The collar isn’t too high nor loose and the shirt hugs the body. If you want it a little looser I would suggest ordering a size up. There is no itchy tag on the inside as the label was printed. The t-shirt blank used for this design was a good choice.

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Print: 5 Globes

The King Kong design is a large print and with plenty of details and the final outcome is very nice. It is a big print, so you do feel it, but after a wash it’ll be much softer. The upside was that it didn’t feel like it was wearing a shield which is a risk that can happen with large prints. There were plenty of halftones necessary to make the colors blend and show the gradient in the design. The colors are vibrant and there is no white base sneaking out from under the colors, so the printer was able to register this artwork correctly and did a pretty damn good job printing. The warm colors was a smart decision and warm colors are aggressive compared to cool colors, so the color choice is a positive one. I think I like this warm color version better than the full color design on the sticker. The print on the inside tag label is a dull green color, but that never needs to be bright. The upper back print was a well done with a good orange ink and it is not a big print where you’re broadcasting the Native New York name.



Overall: 4 Globes

Native New York is a brand that focuses on New York, but they have designs that can appeal to people not from the area. The concept may not be original, but the look and feel is, which makes it a great tee to have in your wardrobe. The printing was very well done and is impressive in person. For $27 total you can get this quality t-shirt and while supplies last a die cut sticker included which isn’t bad at all. I think if Native New York can continue bring something extra to the table like it does with this graphic tee it will be a company that will be successful. If you’re interested in purchasing this design or checking out others like their version of the giant Ghostbusters Stay Puft marshmallow man tee head over to NativeNY.com

Joe Baron

Joe Baron

Graphic designer, screenprinter, photographer, writer/blogger, you might say I am an all around creative fella.
Joe Baron

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