Passenger
A COMMITMENT TO THE ORGANIC THRU ENGAGEMENT

LOS ANGELES, 2007

Imagine finding an old "Nixon for President" t-shirt in pristine condition. You understand what it signified in 1968 and you understand what it signifies now. You see it for the loaded artifact that it is.

The t-shirt may be an artifact, an object, but it is by no means inanimate. It is in many ways an event--wearable and highly visible.

When we wear printed t-shirts, we enact a part of ourselves for people we don't know. We play with them, and expect a reaction. Playing like this is like staging a performance in which the shirt, the wearer and the casual viewer each play a role. We transmit and receive, judge and stand judged. We experiment.

Some brands reference themselves on their shirts. In such cases, the brand is the message, the aesthetic and cultural proclamation. Rather than present itself as source and message, Passenger looks to newspapers and magazines for cultural references. Like paintings that depict moments in history, our projects depict and code real cultural events: war and peace, environment and celebrity, borders and transgressions.

In lieu of following aesthetic trends, themes are deliberated from news sources, and soon thereafter a collection is generated from the researched materials.

Using cotton as canvas, our goal is to create a limited body of work that peers at the 21st century and uses what it sees to challenge the senses.

Reading. Research. Dream diaries. Costuming. Computing. Personal histories. Play. A visual timeline of t-shirts. A wearable cultural storyboard.
about us
1969, January
Tuozzoli, Darren C. born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1977, March
Tuozzoli boards a trans-continental jumbo jet for the first time, sees Travolta on the sidewalk in Westwood before the premiere of Grease. Falls in love with Olivia.

1979, February
Farfsing, Samuel J. born in Bellflower, California to a Roman Catholic family.

1981, December
Farfsing serves as an altar boy for Saint Therese Church in Alhambra, CA. Later was expelled from catholic school after accumulating 15 suspensions by the fifth grade.

1986, June
Repeatedly paddled by his tenth-grade Jesuit teacher for passing notes and losing french homework, Tuozzoli immerses into Iron Maiden's Powerslave. Gets a mohawk.

1989, September
Farfsing administers a handful of homemade tattoos to a few close confidants in a failed attempt to become a tattoo artist.

1990, July
Bouncing around three different public schools, Farfsing follows up with a 14-month stint inside a semi-lockdown rehab facility by graduating from high-school drink + drug-free.

1993, August
Tuozzoli gets appointed inside the editorial department of Spin magazine, to a position forcibly vacated by Bob Guccione, Jr.'s then- girlfriend, due to questionable internal chemistry.

1993, September
After months of practicing in a basement and one show, Farfsing quits first noise band Unk-Cegi (now defunct).

1994, July
Farfsing forms second techno-folk band Banancorn (now defunct).

1998, April
Tuozzoli leaves Seventeen magazine; Spends days picking up tennis matches at the East River courts, perfecting a wayward serve.

1998, September
Farfsing attends Pasadena City College. Becomes obsessed with screen-printing.

1999, September
Inspired by the taste of baked BBQ pork buns, Tuozzoli leaves New York City. Accumulates and cashes-in many frequent flier miles. Almost sails a 50cc Honda scooter off a Burmese hill station access road, driving on an empty stomach.

2003, January
Farfsing studies abroad in the Netherlands. Detained in Rotterdam for questioning on alleged marijuana possession.

2003, November
Allured by the group's awkward male/female dynamic, Farfsing launches third post-punk band Hello Fever (now defunct).

2004, May
After the convocation at CalArts, in Valencia, CA, Tuozzoli and Farfsing both leave the parking lot with degrees from the graphic design department.

2007, February
Bamboozled with the Bush White House, Passenger manifesto penned by Tuozzoli in a shower stall. First shirts with Ron Clark roll off a Los Angeles dinner table soon after.

NOTE: All shirts are wholesale unless you ask nicely! They are 100% Pima cotton, perfect fit, with finished and unfinished seams. All shirts are unique and made-to-order; Click for Men's and Women's sizes. All are crew neck except styles pictured below with v-neck in women's ONLY. For special orders, please inquire at info@flyingrumor.com
CurrentLine: Decline
SPRING SUMMER '10
PR1 MYTUNES - M
PR2 MYTUNES - W
PR3 Gambler's Anonymous - M
PR4 Gambler's Anonymous - W
PR5 Have a Nice Day - M
PR6 Have a Nice Day - W
PR7 Replica - M
PR8 Replica - W
PR9 Green with Envy - M
PR10 Green with Envy - W
PR11 NEWSDOTCOM - M
PR12 NEWSDOTCOM - W
PR13 Jeckyll - M
PR14 Jeckyll - W
PR15 The Dream - M
PR16 The Dream - W
PR17 Black Gold - M
PR18 Black Gold - W
PR19 Guzzler - M
PR20 Guzzler - W
PR21 Credit or Debit - M
PR22 Credit or Debit - W
PR23 All Over, Episode 3 - M
PR24 All Over, Episode 3 - W
PR25
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SPRING SUMMER '09
PR1 No Comparison - M
PR2 No Comparison - W
PR3 Common Sense - M
PR4 Common Sense - W
PR5 43 Times the Same - M
PR6 43 Times the Same - W
PR7 Love Pump - M
PR8 Love Pump - W
PR9 Big Bang Boomerang - M
PR10 Big Bang Boomerang - W
PR11 The Bell Jar - M
PR12 The Bell Jar - W
PR13 How the West - M
PR14 How the West - W
PR15 Clean Start -M
PR16 Clean Start - W
PR17 Doctor's Orders - M
PR18 Doctor's Orders - W
PR19 Vatican City Raiders - M
PR20 Vatican City Raiders - W
PR21 Podium Insight - M
PR22 Podium Insight - W
PR23 All-Over, Episode 2 - M
PR24 All-Over, Episode 2 - W
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SPRING SUMMER '08
PR1 The Cure
PR2 Do Not Pop
PR3 All Eyes on You
PR4 River's Edge
PR5 Broken
PR6 Lisa Nowak's Blues
PR7 Broken, Part II
PR8 b. 09/11/41
PR9 Crying Wolf
PR10 Chameleon, Side A
PR11 Broken, Part III
PR12 Space is The Place
PR13 Red Tape
PR14 Second Amendment Rights
PR15 Always High
infor posting
NOW IN YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD
With the midterm elections over, we finally found the time to put our overstock on Etsy. Click through for great deals on our best-sellers.
Posted January 24, 2011 by Darren
SHE WATCH CHANNEL ZERO
How is it that humans on television can spin a petty misnomer into a form of mass media hysteria? Aren't we smarter than this?
Posted August 23, 2010 by Darren
THE GREATEST CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR
A few years ago, I bought a swiss army knife that included a mini saw in its gadgetry. Later to know that when you need a saw, it's better to have a SAW than a gadget. CURBED NY examines the case that when you need a modernist glass box in midtown Manhattan, you can just buy the gadget.
Posted April 06, 2010 by Darren
PA RUM PUM PUM PUM
Just after thanksgiving dinner, our clan cut a record for xmas. Give a listen and see what two hours, lots of wine and a few instruments will unravel. Thanks to UP Recordings for the digitalness.
Posted December 22, 2009 by Darren
MAYBE YOU'RE MY PUPPET
Last October, Royal de Luxe, a theater company from France that build and use extremely large marionettes, marched through the streets of Berlin to honor the fall of The Wall. The Boston Globe posted amazing photos of the procession.
Posted November 30, 2009 by Darren
NEWSSTAND HIGHNOON
It's nice to know the editors at HARPER'S feel the same as we do about the state of print journalism.
Posted November 20, 2009 by Darren
COLOR ME AMERICA
Reporters at NPR map our national terrorist color chart, noting that we've never been below yellow since 2001.
Posted July 16, 2009 by Sam
DESTRUCTION PANCAKE
The world's biggest costume culture wears the surface truth as real truth. Passenger now on sale at Tomorrowland in Tokyo.
Posted June 15, 2009 by Darren
PIMP MY LAWN
The perfect solution to the economic downturn, coupled with southern California's water woes, as reported by the LA Times. It's just a matter of time before they introduce neon.
Posted May 13, 2009 by Sam
TO THE DEFENSE OF <br>FAIR MAIDENS
We saw this months ago and felt it too bizarre and fantastic of a cultural moment not to share. Street shredding + the hands of justice, thanks to the Techno Viking. Who said the 90s were over? Thanks to Hoolz for the initial corruption.
Posted January 22, 2009 by Darren
THERE'LL ALWAYS BE A MOON OVER MARIN
Passenger featured in the new XLR8R Style issue; buy it at newsstands or download the pdf--we're on spread 18. Tips to BP.
Posted September 04, 2008 by Darren
ALL RIGHT, BUT YOU'RE SO DAMNED UGLY
A historic event unfolding in Europe: Donald McNeil Jr. writing in The New York Times about Spain's upcoming vote on whether to grant human rights to apes. Dr. Zira would be proud.
Posted July 14, 2008 by Darren
LEFT COASTALISM
We've been picked up by AMERICAN RAG in both Los Angeles and San Francisco locations.
Posted July 07, 2008 by Darren
WE'RE GONNA GO GO
New options in L.A. architectural practice: I'll take the subzero, three-car garage and the bulletproof veranda, please thank you.
Posted May 21, 2008 by Sam
TERRITORIAL DROPPINGS
When in L.A., do like Angelenos do: Passenger shirts now for sale at FAMILY and MOCA. All smiles from this end.
Posted April 28, 2008 by Darren
SHE'S TOO SCARY
I'm speechless: Randy Kennedy's obituary of NYC wildchild Dorothy Podber renders her so complete and tender in purpose... I should just quit now.
Posted April 14, 2008 by Darren
CRACKERJACKIN'
Caramel-coated peanut tosses a ball and juggles the consequences. GWB 43 boooo.
Posted April 06, 2008 by Sam
YOU CALL THIS POETRY?
An ongoing photo project relies on discreet framing to reveal secret vinyl fantasies. Sleevefacing: what to do with all those errant album jackets.
Posted March 10, 2008 by Darren
THE SUM OF OPPOSITION
Evil. no blurb, self explanatory.
Posted March 01, 2008 by Sam
SHRED
We don't know who StS is, but this series of YouTube videos surely gets the blue ribbon for best pop/rock solo. Brilliant.
Posted January 31, 2008 by Sam
DYNASTY DICK
Never in world history--be it literature or cinema, reality or fiction--have I seen characters so questionable. So wretched. A PBS Frontline report on America's new tricky Dick.
Posted January 21, 2008 by Darren
THE LEGEND IS LONELY
A very inspiring profile of Gerhard Richter in The New York Times, published before his major retrospective at MoMA in 2002. Here is a man that listens to his own music! Thanks to Shirl for reconnecting the link.
Posted January 15, 2008 by Darren
WALLS
Investigative online video by Vice TV, on the wall being built by Israel around northern Palestine territory, supposedly two times taller and longer than the infamous Berlin wall. Use Firefox to view.
Posted January 15, 2008 by Sam
CAN'T TRUSS IT
David Hockney, in a 2004 article in the Guardian newspaper, explaining why he thinks photography represents an unreliable record of what's real.
Posted December 11, 2007 by Darren