Streetwear brands like Supreme and OBEY take their influence from graffiti – but they may owe their success to the three men who started the trend. Edwin “Phade” Sacasa, Rafael “Kasheme” Avery, and Clyde “Nike” Harewood, alums of Manhattan’s High School of Art and Design, transformed the world of hip hop fashion in the 1980s when they began applying the colorful street artistry they scribbled on trains and building walls to T-shirts and sweaters. The group came to known as “The Shirt Kings,” after Sacasa’s graffiti tag “King Phade.” Operating out of the famous Coliseum Mall in Jamaica, Queens, the trio created customized designs inscribed with nicknames, brand names, caricatures, and cartoon characters—but not your average ones (think: Roger Rabbit firing an Uzi). Their shop was frequented by rap legends including Jam Master Jay, RZA, and Jay-Z, all of who equated the Shirt King’s style with style of the street. Shirt Kings, in stores on Monday, co-authored by Sacasa and artist Alan KET, offers a look back at the group’s work and its influence on the fashion of the time.