Haring, who embraced the idea of his artwork engaging popular culture, opened the doors to his unique and innovative retail environment. The original shop interior included Haring's floor to ceiling murals, which provided a pioneering clubhouse atmosphere for the sale of T-shirts, hats and other apparel and accessories bearing his well-known imagery. Haring, who viewed the Pop Shop as an extension of his work, stated:
"Here's the philosophy behind the Pop Shop: I wanted to continue the same sort of communication as with the subway drawings. I wanted to attract the same wide range of people and I wanted it to be a place where, yes, not only collectors could come, but also kids from the Bronx…this was still an art statement."
Pop Shop and Design is a registered trademark of the Estate of Keith Haring.
Strange Fruit Vintage's Memphis Pop Up Shop at Odessa on August 6th will be an engaging tribute to one of my favorite artists of all time, Keith Haring. Enjoy!