IVP Designs – Prison Inspired T-Shirt Collection

By - August 27th, 2009

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Too often it is glorified by popular culture, or even wanton actions of clueless celebrities.  The reality is life in the penitentiary system is grim and dangerous.  In a 2002 report, the average homicide rate in prison was 47 cases per 100,000 prisoners. New York City pales in comparison with only 3 cases per 100,000 residents.  To highlight this disparity and what it is really like on the inside, L.T. Deaton, a former inmate, recently launch a new apparel line, IVP Designs.  Designed in France and manufactured on both side of the Atlantic, the acronym IVP was taken from the French statement “Inspire par la Vie Prisonniere” or “inspired by the Prisoner’s Life”.  The graphics  portray the little known sub-culture within the prison system.  Nicknames are given to various facilities by those who and serving times in them and based on each’s beastly reputations.  Names like “Angola Rodeo”, “Pelican Bay Poker Club” and “Beaumont Boxing”. Each IVP t-shirt includes an woven label identical to prisoner’s ID tag in the federal penitentiary system.  In addition, each comes with an unique peel-and-stick hanging tag that tells the story behind each design.

Himself incarcerated in a federal prison before, Deaton wanted to reverse his harsh experience into something of a positive nature.  With each t-shirt sold, IVP will donate a portion to Prisoner’s Life, a non-profit organization which assist former inmates to acclimate life outside of the prison when they finished their sentences.  IVP Designs products are currently available at selected retailers nationwide and at its official online store.

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13 comments
Boston Gregg
Boston Gregg

Why would someone who never been to deer island in their life never mind had to do time in that sh@t hole and I do me sh@t hole rats the size of cats in ya cell I no from being locked up their make t-shirts etc about a place they no nothing about at all!!!!!! L.T. Deaton or Thad, Lawerence what ever his real name is happens to be a story teller trust me I know him and not one thing he ever said he could do or make happen ever happen...........suspect kid suspect!!!

lovin it
lovin it

i rock the beaumont boxing and love it. shout out to TD- i knew you'd turn this shit out.

susan
susan

inspiring and creative. Sweet.

susan
susan

Sweet! Really creative thinking here.

Double O HRYLM
Double O HRYLM

I’m just glad to see some real shit come on the scene. No more Crooks and Creme bullshit. Finally something for people who have been to prison can identify with.

Gaelan
Gaelan

these shirts are too dope great idea and i think they will go far

Los
Los

Shout out to my boy. Hard work pays off. The tees are are fuckin' crazy.

Ty Muzik
Ty Muzik

Pelican Bay is one of the best tees to drop this year

Hoop Star
Hoop Star

Always want to support a new brand, especially one with a great cause.

S Groove
S Groove

Great concept for a clothing line. Pelican Bay is very cool.

JB
JB

Love the graphics.