Buy Rebel8 t-shirts, zip up hoods and snapback caps. Rebel8 is a truly authentic San Francisco-based brand deeply rooted in skateboard, graffiti and tattoo culture. It is the result of a collaborative effort between two S.F graffiti writers, Joshy D. and Mike Giant. Starting life as a small run of t-shirts sold out of a messenger bag around the city, Rebel8 has become an internationally recognizable brand.
Rebel8 is a real grass roots brand. Prior to starting Rebel8, owner Joshy D. worked construction, valeted cars, did catering, was a stagehand, and performed a laundry list of other random tasks for money, with no formal training in business to rely on. He had no investors - REBEL8 started with nothing more than $500 and a vision to build a great company.
The name Mike Giant is synonymous with his graffiti moniker, Giantone, which has been painted on walls throughout the world thousands of times over. Giant's legendary stature in the underground graffiti art scene is built solidly upon twenty-four years of hard work, undisputed skill, and a keen distaste for authority and their laws of the land. For over twenty-four years Mike Giant AKA Giantone has been relentlessly making his mark on surfaces across the globe, and REBEL8's rich history in graffiti is cemented by this dedication to the underground art scene Giant helped popularize.
Joshy D. and Giant met through a shared love of grafitti. Joshy ran the popular graffiti website HIFIArt, whilst Giantone was one of S.F’s most notorious writers. Joshy approached Giant about doing a limited series of T shirt graphics, and the union was born. To this day, Rebel8 is one of the last authentic brands left that incorporate original artistic works within their pieces. Most graphics within the Rebel8 product line are hand illustrated, with no computer generated enhancements or manipulations.