Looking for something special and unique in this age of disposable clothing? Well, Temple Bar has recently seen the launch of something new in the world of retail: a gallery/shop that pits art against fashion with labels from around the world sold exclusively.

Turtlehead1Versus? is an innovative space brought to you by turtlehead, the Dublin-based t-shirt label. The store regularly sees different cutting-edge t-shirt brands from around the world competing against turtlehead’s very own designs, as well as different artists, photographers, poets, jewellers and musicians also competing. These t-shirts and artists will be on show for three weeks only, before a new bunch of artists and 2 new sets of t-shirts go head to head so you’re guaranteed not to bump into too many wearing your clothes!

T-shirt brands lined up so far include “Threadless”, and Canadian designer-darlings “VEER” as well as brand new “La la la…” Also showcased will be Indie brands like “hans and fras” and “Lazy Oaf” which have never been sold in Ireland previously.

The shop will also double as a gallery space that will exhibit two different artists “head-to-head” every three weeks-from illustrators and photographers, to DJs and jewellers. Each artist will be leaving one piece as part of the permanent display (growing quickly). I’ve managed to get down to Versus? for the past two exhibitions and have seen only seriously cool work on every level. Photographer Rich Gilligan has been up against Chris Judge (illustration), while Italian Lucia de Nile went head-to-head with Gavin Redmond last week. I’ve had a sneaky peek at the artists and labels lined up for the next couple of months and they promise not to disappoint (The Polyphonic Spree, Dave Comiskey, Maser, Chris Judge, BrenB, Steve Ryan and Paul Kelly. T-shirt brands that will feature include turtlehead, Threadless, VEER, Lazy Oaf, Palmer Cash, Yes No Maybe and Angry).

Versus? also stocks art books, quirky Japanese vinyl toys, satchels and other weird and wonderful art pieces from around the globe. Also check out their stand at Electric Picnic, if the weather continues you’ll definitely need to take a trip.


Versus? 1/2 Smock Alley, (bottom of Cow’s Lane) Temple Bar, Dublin 2.