American artist Tom Sachs rewrites the Ten Commandments as they apply to his orderly workspace. TEN BULLETS refers to the complex rules in his Chinatown studio. Each “bullet” represents a specific principal, and together they make up what the Neistat brothers call “the code” in their video entitled “TEN BULLETS’. (http://tenbullets.com).
Printed on the back, “ALWAYS BE KNOLLING” is one such rule, and is number 8 on Sachs’ bullet list. According to Sachs and the Neistat Brothers who handle all of the film production coming out of the palatial Chinatown workspace, “to knoll” is to arrange like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization. All such objects should be square to either the surface on which they lay, or the room itself.
Sachs collaborates with the Endangered Special Coalition in an effort to raise awareness for the ESC and the work they do to save grizzly bears in Yellowstone among other species of endangered animals in the U.S. and abroad.
As if these tees aren’t unique enough, Sachs and his studio assistants spray paint each shirt by hand once they have been through the screen printing process, to ensure that each edition is one-of-a-kind.
In 2004 Sachs and Van Neistat hopped on Honda Transalp motorcycles and journeyed through Europe. This shirt is a replica of the jerseys they wore on their two week Euro trip.
Sachs, whose diverse body of work tends to revisit themes of mechanization, labor, and the artist’s own obsession with space, built a full-scale model of the Apollo Lunar Module for his 2007 exhibition entitled Space Program. Here, Sachs’ interest in mechanical intricacies can be seen in the blueprint-like diagrams of the Honda motorcycles he and Neistat rode in ’04.