Tie-dye has long had a crunchy reputation. There’s that good ole fashion hippy-dippy kind, done in a bathtub with dyes from who knows where. There are also mass market T-shirts in swirls of clashing toxic greens and highlighter oranges.
There has been a surge of elevated, artfully done tie-dye pieces. One artist churning out polished tie-dye creations is Zak Syroka. His standout pieces include pairs of distressed jeans that have been dunked, marinated, and wrung in tie dye. Syroka, who does brand direction for a lighting designer by day, has been creating his handmade tie dye creations for a little over a year now. At first, he had no plan to start his own brand he just wanted to make pants for himself. I made myself a pair and then everyone started asking me about them, says Syroka. Then, I started making my friends a pair here and there. It sort of spread and then I started making pairs for strangers.
Syroka magnetic technique separates itself from the tie dye pack. His pieces are typically color-blocked. His pants, created from pairs of white Wrangler jeans that, according to Syroka, make everyone butt look amazing, evoke a groovy stained glass effect in hues of dandelion and aqua and poppy. Other pairs in oranges and yellows, purples and blues, are reminiscent of an almost hypnotic crushed glass method.