“I love experimenting with many different mediums, finding ways to express myself and create a language through images to share my experiences & make commentary on the world I see in front of me,”
says Trevor “Trouble” Andrew.
Much of Andrew’s work explores commercialism, and satirically appropriating brand identity by dismantling iconic images & logos, stripping them down & presenting them in a raw form, giving them new context & meaning.
His influences stemmed from pop culture, golden age comic books, cartoons, skate & punk aesthetics.
“Corey and I have known each other for many years and share the same passion for bringing elements of our youth to the next generation,” says Andrew.
The weekend will feature prints from the artist’s “Dirty Cigs Series”; the original artwork previously sold for $40,000. The collaboration expresses the irony that cigarettes were fashionable in the ‘80s and ‘90s regardless of if you were a smoker or not.
“Trouble” Andrew designed the original artwork as a juxtaposition of the idealistic “American Man” character made popular in the ‘80s-’90s and how that character translates into the 21st century.
The collaboration features two sunglass designs with cigarettes as the arms of the frame. The collaboration embodies this modern-day persona, in a world where it’s fashionable to be a non-smoker and where gender is not a primary focus of what it means to be “cool.”
“Vintage Frames Company’s Miami Beach storefront is the perfect place for this gallery pop up. Trevor and I both draw inspiration from nostalgic pop culture references from our younger years. This project has brought to life a form of art that has never been done before in our industry,” says Corey Shapiro, Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Vintage Frames Company.
The two spent over two years working together on the exclusive collection – the frames take two classic acetate and metal shapes and add in an out-of-the-box concept, never seen in the eyewear industry, which will be revealed during the launch. Alongside the collaboration, the brand will debut some of their best-selling namesake lines and a hand-curated exhibit of rare vintage sunglasses from its archive for purchase, with some valued at $25,000 USD.
The collection consists of runway, high fashion, and iconic cultural archival pieces which are rotated regularly.
Vintage Frames Company at The Goodtime Hotel in Miami is open between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and closes at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.