$28 Tees. Your Favorite Celebrities as Mermaids. Starting With Tony Soprano
Allison Kirwan started her shop Wild World of AK in 2014, after graduating college without knowing exactly what she wanted to do. Luckily, she now creates for her popular clothing line full-time, which, she confirmed, definitely beats her old retail jobs. Kiernan Shipka found the site and immediately became a fan — Allison told POPSUGAR the actress owns a full Tony Soprano mermaid sweat set, and she threw in a tee for free. Of course, that's how we discovered Allison's store — on Kiernan's Instagram!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star posted a selfie on her account, writing, "@shopwildworldofak u are brilliant." Once we clicked over to Allison's site to discover four full pages of celebrity mermaid tees, we hopped right onto Kiernan's bandwagon. Ahead, I chatted with the graphic artist about her craft and learned about her bestselling designs. "I had actually slowed down on making new mermaid goods over the past year — the all-over print sweatsuits have taken over as the bestsellers — but I will definitely go back to making new mermaid designs," she said. That's very good to hear, because I'm about to buy these up for all of my friends, and $28 bucks says you are too.
Kiernan Shipka's Picks
"Kiernan has ordered a few pieces from my site in the past," Allison said. "She posted a pair of the Tony Soprano print sweatpants back in January, which were a big hit. She later reached out about making a custom sweatsuit, so I sent along the Tony mermaid shirt ($28) with that as well. It was so cool to see her wearing it, and she's super nice!"
"The mermaid idea came out of the blue," Allison told POPSUGAR. "I had made a large-scale painting of Biggie Smalls as a mermaid in one of my art classes and I really liked how it came out, so I made a 2Pac mermaid as well and decided to print the designs on a run of T-shirts and phone cases. Luckily, they were a hit! After that, I just kept making more and more celebrity mermaids — I am now up to 75 different ones. I am always taking requests as well, but the Biggie one has remained the most popular over the years."
Celebrities Wearing Wild World of AK
"I have had a few celebrities sport my goods — Tana Mongeau, Noah Cyrus, Jen Selter, and SNL's Heidi Gardner have worn some of my all-over print pieces," Allison said. "I also make prints of the mermaid illustrations as well, which I was able to give to Alec Baldwin, Wayne Newton, and WWE's Mick Foley and Ric Flair. It's always fun to see people's reactions when they see themselves merm-ified! One of the coolest and most random celebrity mermaid encounters was Tim Burton. I was seated next to him at a Wayne Newton concert in Las Vegas and had brought a Wayne Newton mermaid drawing with me on a whim. Tim said he liked it and signed it, which was unreal." Heidi wore Allison's Chiefs Crewneck ($85) at the end of John Krasinki's SNL episode in January.