my name is sven mes, and iâ€™ve livedin antwerp for 15 years. i like living here.itâ€™s my city, itâ€™s my town. itâ€™s a great citywith a big-city mentality. yet itâ€™s quite small.i can get on my bike on a friday evening, and i always meet friends. iâ€™ve always enjoyed fashion,design, and prints on t-shirts. at first i had a screen printing carousel,and it just grew from there. now i have a screen printing studiocalled â€œctrl copyâ€. i simply createda streetwear collection.
is that fashion? i donâ€™t know. i just do whatever i feel like. i like screen printing,because itâ€™s an old craft. and itâ€™s also very simple. we live in an over-industrialized,digitalized era. itâ€™s fun to do something hand made. itâ€™s fulfilling. you create added value. you can lose a t-shirt,or it can fade,
but it will always exist. thatâ€™s why people are rediscoveringsuch things in our digital era, i think. i grew up in the 1990s,a child of the hardcore gabber scene. iâ€™ve outgrown it now,but it never lost its hold on me. that raw, unpolished aspectis still in me. things are often short-lived. but tattoos and printing t-shirts â€¦ â€¦ are things that last.