Wanna be the very best, like no one ever was? Well, step right on up because Filipino streetwear brand DBTK is bringing you one step closer the legend that is Pokémon.
A lot has happened since Ash Ketchum first met Pikachu in Professor Oak’s laboratory. From the shift of their surprisingly shocking initial interface to the warm bond that has become canon, as well as the coming and going of many trainers in over 25 years, the immersive universe of Pokémon will always center on the creatures themselves. With the Pokédex growing beyond the familiar generation one, 898 as of today in the simplest and strictest sense, many still have committed to memory the original 151 to this very day. (Pause for a Pokérap break.)
Going beyond the Kanto region and spanning over eight generations that have become entry points for many, Pokémon has become a cultural cornerstone, manifesting itself into many things from trading cards, animés, game plays, theme parks, and merchandise. But even as it has evolved into the beloved behemoth it has become, nothing will come quite close to the connection of the introductory batch of Pokémon. So, when word on the street was that they would be coming to the Philippines through the cool collective of streetwear brand, DBTK, the cool collective knew that they had to assemble everyone’s ultimate favorites such as Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and of course, Pikachu.
United At Play
A vision turned reality by Emil and Vince Javier, DBTK (Don’t Blame The Kids Co.) has always been about preaching the gospel of streetwear beyond its counterculture comfort zone and dispelling the stereotypical notions of youth. A parallel to the story of the often-underestimated Ash Ketchum and company in the Pokémon series, DBTK is intent to further this message with its latest collaboration. With its cut and sew pieces, t-shirts, and accessories, the nostalgic and niche come together nicely in an assortment of statements that fit right in with the assemblage of Pokémon.
Joining the aforementioned four in the limited edition DBTK x Pokémon United At Play capsule collection are Snorlax, the trio of Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar, and the OG big three, Blastoise, Venusaur, and Charizard. Whether you like to pick and choose for your starter pack or intend to catch ‘em all, there is a lot to see. From embroidered details and optic prints rendered in shirts, hoodies, a Cuban polo, handy accessories, and even stickers, the quest begins to discover and explore.
Imagine playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus or waiting out for Pokémon Violet and Scarlet in these streetwear threads? Time is ticking, so warm up those PokéBalls and get on to it, because the epic adventure is yours for the taking. It won’t be long then until you are the very best, like no one ever was, kid.