Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wor$hip Detroit

There's a new apparel company in town for fans of tattoos and awesome art! Wor$hip Detroit is the brain child of Adam Nagy, a local illustrator, designer, and tattoo artist. The shirts feature Nagy's artwork, taking inspiration from his life and career. They act as a canvas for designs that he creates as chest or back pieces. The plus side is, you can wear his awesome designs for the day, instead of having them on you permanently. Plus, you get to change them out when you want to and the cost is quite a bit less than getting ink.

We had a chance to catch up with Nagy to get the scoop on this new line and the idea behind it. Read ahead to see what he had to say.
HID- What is Wor$hip Detroit and how did you come up with the name?
Adam Nagy- "Wor$hip is currently an apparel line that I came up with in October during my Illustration and Design II class, with Stephen Schudlich (, in my final semester at College for Creative Studies. I obtained my BFA towards Illustration where the field of branding illustration interested me, so I turned that class into creating my own brand. The name came from every aspect of my routine life for over four years: Full-Time school, which I was paying for in cash while the student loans built up, the gasoline to get to school, the constant art supply consuming, rent payments, eating hand-to-mouth from only Part-Time tattooing income, material possession bills, Hallmark holiday gifts, dates, alcohol to keep me going, and so on. I’m not religious, but I felt controlled by what seemed like a higher power, the currency that ran my daily (and future) life is worshiping money. The word ‘worship’ and the symbol for the dollar sign centered. I want my website name to be wor$, but domains don’t accept $pecial character$, thus Worship from the land of Détroit dot net it is."

HID- What made you want to start a clothing line?
Adam Nagy- "Shirts are just the baller on a budget starting point! My favorite instructor at CCS, Dave Chow, was asked to create designs for a startup clothing line around two years ago. He could’ve killed it, but he knew it suited my art style, so he gave me the gig. That group of guys wanted a Rat Fink/Kustom Kulture/Shawn Dickinson look that my pass time doodling falls into. After that job, came another shirt design, and another logo for a tee, and some more visuals for a hoodie, and underwear, then some socks, onto hats, and so on. I liked that my work was getting around on products, but I only received an initial design payment and never got to see who was buying what and wearing what. I wanted to be the investigator of seeing my “clientele” and conveniently the piercer at my shop (Studio SEVEN Tattoos) screen prints through his business Seven Graphics."

HID- Where do you get the inspiration for the designs?
Adam Nagy- "People that can’t afford tattoos over a thousand dollars. All of my designs are how I ink tattoo stencils, which would be my outlines for large back pieces, thighs, and possibly chests. For example, a portion of the Pe₮ design (the three eyed sphynx) was tattooed many months before I had my pen on paper creations on shirts, but that was a three-hour tattoo, at $120 per hour, and only the eighth of the shirt design. The logo came first, then the ideations were written down. The inspiration for the Black Mariah designs came from playing poker. I was out close to $100 in the game called Follow the Bitch, where the queen of spades being dealt means all players’ hands are redrawn. This kept forcing me to toss away my great hands and my earnings. In the final round, before everyone decided to call it a night, my all-in hand turned my anguish from the queen, known as Black Mariah, into deciding she’s okay in my book and should be my first line of designs. In the illustrations I aimed for viewers not liking her rude actions, but thinking she could do something positively badass."

HID- How long have you been a tattoo artist?
Adam Nagy- "I got into my tattoo apprenticeship in November of 2011. It’s a wild and wacky trade of love and hate. Currently I’m on a steady five, or six, days of tattooing per week so far in 2018."

HID- What is your least favorite thing to tattoo?
Adam Nagy- "Anything someone else already has. It takes imagination, or good drugs, from people to request ideas like a classy pizza fencing a donut in a top hat, and those suggestions are fun to draw and funner to tattoo! Even a mundane request like an individual rose can be turned into excitement for me if I can run my style, but when someone shows me a screenshot on their phone and says, “I want this. Exactly this. Don’t create a rendition in your own style of art. Trace this on me.,” it takes the ‘artist’ out of ‘tattoo artist.’"

HID- What are your plans for Wor$hip?
Adam Nagy- "Sell shirts. In the future I want to expand to printing dad hats, snapbacks, wallets, underwear, bags, postcards, posters, stickers, backpacks, giftcards, socks, jackets, flannels, lanyards, sunglasses, pens, bottle openers, phone cases, beer pong tables, videogame controllers, beer mugs, growlers, disc golfs, vinyl wrapped cars; I want my art on everything! Wor$hip is the name, Adam Nagy is the designer+illustrator, and the products are endless! Before my emotions take over my logic, or my income over my well being, I’d like to build a team of professionals that’ll photograph models+clothing, vector my designs, ship my apparel, update the inventory, advise me, make changes to my website, and all of the things that I’m not experienced in. Being the boss, the behind the scenes creative is my ideal position!"

HID- How often do you plan to release new designs?
Adam Nagy- "I’ll let the demand decide. Presently, I have three future “worshiping money” lines in mind; sticking to five designs, in black and white (possible variations of purple), for each."

HID- Where can people purchase your goods?
Adam Nagy- " or by stopping into Studio Seven Tattoos Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 7PM, where I store the arsenal of tees."

HID- Any plans to sell apparel in stores or at shows?
Adam Nagy- "Most definitely, but I haven’t stepped into the researching portion of who, what, where, when, or how to contact vendors and event coordinators."

HID- What else would you like our readers to know?
Adam Nagy- "My shirts are cool, and they’ll make you look cool, so wear one or twelve! Buy Wor$hip."
You can pick up your own Wor$hip shirt for the low price of $20 by clicking here. Make sure you also follow Wor$hip on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with this brand and see new styles and products. 


Win Tickets to See Chrome at Outer Limits

In the 1970s Chrome got its start in the rock world by not really fitting the mold of any genre. They were an extremely experimental band for their time, using synthesizers and rock instruments to create a sound that no one had ever heard before. They became known as the godfathers of industrial music. Throughout the bands span they released dozens of records and changed lineups several times. Their latest album Techromancy was released last year.

Chrome is currently out on tour and is making its way to Detroit this Thursday night. They will be performing live at Outer Limits Lounge along with Detroit's own Child Bite. Tickets to see these two amazing bands live are $20 and can be purchased in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show from our friends at Party Store Productions. To enter, send your name to with #chrome in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Thursday and DJ Tony Viviano will keep things going throughout the night. For more info on this show, click here.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Celebrate the Arrival of The Companion in Campus Martius

A new piece of art has been added to Downtown Detroit this week. A seventeen foot statue of two characters that resemble Mickey Mouse was purchased by Big Daddy Dan to stand tall in the heart of Campus Martius. The artist's works have gone for upwards of a million dollars, but this piece was donated to the city by the Gilbert, so the cost is unknown. The statue, which was created by a New York artist names KAWS, will host its official welcoming party Tuesday night at the Library Street Collective. But, before we talk about the party, we want to let you know a little bit more about the man behind the art.

KAWS was born in New Jersey in 1974. He started his career as a cartoon artist on shows like Daria and Doug before moving to New York to pursue his career as a painter and graffiti artist. He has created lots of different characters and cartoons over the years, many of them are distorted versions of their more famous counterparts. The character depicted in the new statue is called Companion. The artist created this character in 1999 and it is known around the world. In fact, there are statues of it in China, Switzerland, and London. KAWS' work has been featured in the MOMA, it has been turned into a moon man for the MTV awards, made into a balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it has been plastered all over t-shirts and skate decks. His work starts conversations and appeals to all different types of people.

You can meet the artist and celebrate the statue's arrival in Detroit tonight (Tuesday, May 22nd) at The Library Street Collective from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will also be an after party at The Skip with the artist from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Music will be provided by Nothing Elegant.


Downtown Markets Reopen this Thursday

Last year, Cadillac Square debuted a new attraction called the Downtown Markets at Cadillac Square. These pop-ups featured a interesting mix of Michigan made products and were a huge hit. Which is why they will be returning to Detroit this Thursday to officially open for the Spring and Summer season. This season's store lineup includes Mira Estell, Pingree Detroit.Ferne Boutique, David Vintage, Detroit GT, Fly Behavior, Ink Detroit, MATURE, Merit, York Project,, Flamingo Vintage Detroit. The Detroit Marshmallow Co., Le Detroit Macaron.12th & ViV, Albert's General Store, Dale and Blue, Front & Scenter, Pewabic, Well Done Goods. Ashley Gold, Elaine B Jewelry, Goldeluxe Jewelry. Touch Body Works, SAHI Cosmetics.Paisley Paper Co. and Purpose Planner. All of the shops will be open form 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday - Sunday through the Spring and Summer.


Monday, May 21, 2018

All Hail Betsey Johnson!

Last Saturday the Michigan fashionistas were out in full force. Macy's Somerset hosted an in-store appearance and shopping event that featured everyone's favorite fun designer, Miss Betsey Johnson. Fans began lining up promptly at 10 a.m. when the store opened and the crowd screamed when she finally came down the escalator to greet her fans just after 2 p.m. But, before she greeted her fans, Hip in Detroit got the chance to sit down and have a chat with Betsey behind the scenes.
Betsey took over a small room in the executive offices of Macy's and began making hats on the fly while she got ready for her appearance. The teeny, tiny fashion designer was a fun and fabulous as her clothing. Betsey talked about her favorite fashion dos and don'ts and what made her a successful business women for the last half a century. Check out out 6 minutes with the star and scope all the great shots of fans that we took during the event! 

Ferndale Radio is Looking for Some New DJs

Did you know that Ferndale has its own radio station? The hyper-local channel broadcasts from The Rust Belt Market and can be heard by turning your dial to 100.7 FM when you are inside the listening area. The station features local, underground, and indie music as well local news and information. This publicly funded project was founded by Michelle Mirowski and Dave Philips, and has quickly drawn a loyal pack of local listeners. They are currently broadcasting from The Rust Belt Market while it's open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then, they play syndicated shows and music throughout the week.
Ferndale Radio has a solid base, but are currently looking for some new DJs to come bring some new life to their weekend broadcasts. So, if you are interested in skipping the podcast and bringing it back to the airwaves instead, send them an email and tell them why you would be the perfect person to start your own show on Ferndale radio. You can reach them at The station is also looking for funding to ensure that they can stay on for the year next year. So, if you're not interested in being on the air, but want to make sure that someone is, please donate to help keep them up and running!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Win Tickets to See Shilpa Ray at El Club

Monday, May 21st, Party Store Productions brings Shilpa Ray to the stage at El Club! The singer/songwriter is currently out on tour with her band, hitting up city's across the US and Canada. Ray has often been compared to artists like Blondie and Patti Smith. You can judge for yourself after listening to her new 2 song EP Nihilism that was released earlier this week.

Shilpa Ray will be joined by Detroit's own Prude Boys for Monday's show. Tickets to see these two acts live are only $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by sending your name to with #shilpa in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Monday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck!


Mabel Gray Takes Over Small's in Hamtramck this Sunday

Over the past few years, Metro Detroit has seen a ton of great new restaurants hit the scene. One of the most talked about restaurants out of them all is Mabel Gray. Located in Hazel Park, Mabel Gray is the creation of Chef James Rigato. The Top Chef star opened this restaurant back in 2016 and it has been receiving rave reviews ever since.

This weekend, the Mabel Gray crew is stepping out of their home in Hazel Park and heading down to Hamtramck to take over one of our favorite bars, Small's. The takeover is happening this Sunday, May 20th at 6 p.m. The evening will feature bar food from the staff at Mabel Gray and craft cocktails served up by Paul Fradeneck. The Corey Dennison Band will also be on site performing live on stage throughout the evening, with sets at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cover for this awesome event is only $5 and 21+ are welcome. Make sure you bring some extra cash with you too because food purchases will be cash only!

Small's is located at 10339 Conant in Hamtramck. For more info on this event, click here.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Comes to the DIA

This Sunday, May 20th the DIA will open their long awaited exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume. This travelling exhibition will feature more than 60 original costumes from the films and focuses on the artistry behind them. Apparel from characters like Padmé Amidala, Chewbacca, and even R2-D2 will be on display. In addition to checking out the costumes, this tour will offer a "free multimedia tour – youth and adult versions – that will draw connections between the films’ costumes and works of art in the DIA’s collection, allowing visitors to experience the museum in new ways".

Tickets to attend Star Wars and the Power of Costume range from $22.50 - $27.50 depending on whether you would like to attend on the weekend or during the week. Admission for children is $7. If you live in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County you will also receive a $5 discount on adult admission. The exhibit runs this Sunday through September 30th, but if you want to see these costumes, the DIA highly suggests that you buy your tickets in advance, because dates will sell out. To purchase your tickets and get more info, click here.


Pure Detroit Wants To Take You On a Tour of Historical Detroit

Pure Detroit has become much more than a clothing and accessories brand that celebrates the City of Detroit. Since its creation almost 20 years ago the company has expanded to become a lifestyle creator. They have five retail locations inside some of Detroit's most historic buildings including The Fisher, The Guardian, The Ren Cen, The Strathmore, Cobo, and The Belle Isle aquarium. They also celebrate Detroit by giving weekly tours of three of its most famous locations, The Guardian Building, The Fisher, and The Packard Plant. Each tour offers a detailed history of the space as well as hands on tour of the space that you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. If you are interested in taking a FREE tour of one of these buildings visit their website here. Below is a brief description of what each tour has to offer as well as some details about what you need to get those most about your exploration with Pure Detroit.

The Packard Plant- The Packard Plant was designed by Albert Kahn in 1911. The space was designed to build luxury cars which it did until 1958 when it closed its doors. Since then it has become a playground for graffiti artists and a mecca for urban photographers. This tour takes around a hour and a half and has about 2 miles of walking in it.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the condition of the building. Cameras are welcome and good walking shoes that can get dirty are encouraged!

The Guardian Building- The Guardian Building was designed by Wirt Rowland in 1929. The space features muralist Erza Winter, tile installations by Pewabic's Mary Chase Stratton, and sculptures by Corrado Parducci. This tour takes you into some rarely seen places in the building and gives you a look at the city from the 32nd floor! This tour takes around a hour and is wheelchair accessible. Cameras are welcome and encouraged!

The Fisher Building- The Fisher Building was designed by Albert Kahn in 1928. This tour features a look at the buildings intricate design which features one-of-a-kind mosaics, painted ceilings, art deco chandeliers, and the finest craftsmanship in stone, brass, and bronze. You will also get to take a look at the arcade, the third and nineteenth floors, and learn why it's called the golden tower. This tour takes around 45 and is wheelchair accessible.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You Have Back to Back Chances to Get Haute to Death this Weekend

This weekend Haute to Death will host back to back events in Detroit. Fist off, on Saturday night they will be turning up the music and dancing the night away wsg Blowy Shirts from Portland at Marble Bar. Their parties are all inclusive and extra over the top! It's the perfect opportunity to put on your Saturday night's best before you sweat all your problems away on the dance floor. Tickets to attend the party are $3 before 11 and $5 after.

Then, on Sunday, they want you to come out and work off that hangover with them at POP + Offworld where they will be guest DJing bright and early for Flower Day. Haute to Death with be guest DJing at Sara Aldridge and Holly Johnson's monthly brunch, which will be starting two hours earlier at 10 this year so that you can get yourself a little pizza before joining the Bikes & Murder Flower Day Alley Cat Bike Race that will take off from POP + Offworld at Noon. POP + Offworld's amazing Meghan Shaw will be serving up some slices (vegan included) while Anthology Coffee, Bell's Brewery, and Detroit City Distillery serve up some drinks! Detroit Dyed by Heidi Gaines will even be in house hosting a one day only pop up in the space. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Win Tickets to See This Is The Kit LIVE at Third Man Records

This Saturday night, Third Man Records will bring This Is The Kit to its stage. The Bristol based artist is headed to North America to play a handful of select shows in the US and Canada, and Detroit was lucky enough to host one of those shows. Kate Stables and her band are touring in support of their latest release, Moonshine Freeze, which was released last year. Check out the music video for "Hotter Colder" off that album below, then head over and give the full album a listen here.

Joining This Is The Kit on the bill for Saturday evening is Adam Schatz (of Landlady). Tickets to see these two acts perform live are only $10 in advance or $12 at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance online here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by emailing your name to with #kit in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and the music will start at 8:30. All ages are welcome. For more info on this show, click here.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Win Tickets to See Mustard Plug at the Magic Stick

This Friday night Black Iris Booking brings another great lineup to the stage at the Magic Stick! Mustard Plug will be headlining the show and will be joined by Detroit's own J. Navarro & The Traitors, Rebel Spies and You Dirty Rat. This is a solid lineup from start to finish and a pretty damn good way to spend your Friday night!

Mustard Plug just played the Back to the Beach festival a couple of weeks ago with other big name punk and ska bands like The Suicide Machines, Goldfinger and Less Than Jake. Now that they're back in Michigan, they're playing Friday night's show at The Stick, followed up by a show in Chicago Saturday night that J. Navarro & The Traitors will be joining them for. The only other show that they currently have on their schedule is a June date in Buffalo, NY with The Toasters. So don't miss your chance to skank your heart out with Mustard Plug this weekend!

Tickets for Friday's show are $14 in advance or $16 the day of the show. You can purchase your tickets in advance here. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to this show by sending your name to with #mustard in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. for this one and all ages are welcome. For more info, click here.


Eastern Market Hosts Its 51st Flower Day this Sunday

Flower Day is coming to the Eastern Market this Sunday, May 20th. The 50+ year old tradition is the perfect place to pick up all of your indoor and outdoor plants for the season. The usually vibrant market becomes even more full of life as Metro Detroiters flood into the sheds to pick up all of their favorite Spring and Summer flowers at a growers price. There are flats and flats of flowers and lots of farmers that are ready to make a deal. If you want to decorate your garden and take it to the next level this year, Flower Day is the perfect day to make it happen.

Flower Day will take place from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 20th. There is usually a lot of traffic off the highway, so plan accordingly!  Parking is generally free in the market, but can be difficult to find. This hand map will show you were to look, but if all else fails, wear some walking shoes, bring a wagon and plan to get a little exercise. Don't forget! The market is OPEN EVERY SATURDAY all year round and they ALWAYS have flowers. So, if you don't want to mess with the traffic, come back next week and spend a few extra dollars to get all of your flowers and some locally grown veggies!