Formed six years ago by designer/musician/writer TJ Cowgill, clothing label Actual Pain has breached the clogged world of always-borrowed, nostalgic-heavy tee shirt designs to establish itself as a nimble, yet forceful player headed forward not only because of their aesthetically pleasing, symbol-heavy creations, but with their sought-after smattering of religious, philosophical and occult imagery into something simple and powerful enough you can don daily with just a pair of black jeans.

Ran now with a small, but driven staff that includes TJ’s wife, an jack-of-all trades employee, an intern and a lazy black labrador named Pagan, the entire company is run from a mahogany-colored wood-floored warehouse space in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. During a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I accepted an friendly invitation from Cowgill to visit the space, meet the crew and take some photos.

Marked by but a small painted black triangle on the door, the modest space serves as storage, an office, a showroom and a sometimes-recording space for Cowgill’s musical endeavors. During my visit, Actual Pain HQ housed the entire current line– including new jewelry, outerwear and leather goods– and many past or small-run pieces- acid-washed denim vest anyone?! Piles of books, records and tapes and a pair of King Dude-branded candelabras (Cowgill’s musical project which currently releases for Dias Records) decorated the space.

Check out a selection of more photos below or click here to view the entire set.

The current Actual Pain line is available for purchase now. I suggest you click through and support. The brand’s blog also features loads of event information and free curated mixtapes that you should download and crank while reading this.