‘Bias’ is a respected and well known South African graffitti artist. He has been performing his work on the streets of Johannesburg for the last decade, and has featured in local and international books and magazines and is extremely knowledgeable and well connected.
“I really like Dickies clothing [because] it’s made for people who work hard. It has a deep heritage,” says Bias.
The Converse Cons South Africa crew embarked on a road trip in November 2016 from Johannesburg to Durban with a quick stop at Indigo in the valley of 1000 hills.
Unfortunately, Durban’s Golden Mile that’s famed for sun, sand and sea was actually a bit of a washout, as it rained every day for the five days the crew explored the east coast.
Kyle Trusky, Taylor Sturgess, Suhail Kader and Justus Kotze weren’t going to let the rain get in the way though, and they made the most of their time on the east coast.
Photographer Chris Saunders was recently featured in an article by VICE magazine on the Pantsula culture in South Africa.
The article features beautiful photos that are currently on display at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in LA. The article tells the heartfelt stories of these young men making a different kind of living in their Dickies.
The movement is typically soundtracked by electronic music that recalls house and dance rhythms. Vibrantly colored workwear and sneakers are the crew’s uniform of choice — specifically, Dickies and Converse, accessible, durable, and adaptable garments to move in.”