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Tankfarm Clothing Rolls into Seal Beach

Tankfarm owners John and Mike Anderson, who grew up in Seal Beach and attended Los Alamitos High School, are moving their Los Alamitos shop to Main Street.

The trendy but tough Tankfarm Clothing line  – whose wearers include members of music groups Pink Floyd, Weezer and the White Stripes -- is rolling to Seal Beach.

The business – which recently changed its name to Tankfarm and Co. – will hold a soft opening for their new store at 212 1/2 Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The brand caters to a classic American style by featuring faded and washed-out T-shirts with vintage icons of old teams, motorcycles, car accessories and rock 'n' roll emblems as well as leather jackets, blue jeans and biker boots.

Their retro-inspired tees, worn by the likes of Perry Farrell and members of Weezer, White Stripes and Pink Floyd, have been privately commissioned by famous artists.

The shirts have been circulating in boutiques like Fred Segal's of Santa Monica and key retail players like Urban Outfitters for years and, as of about two years ago, at the brand’s flagship store in Los Alamitos. 

And now the store is moving to Seal Beach.

Co-owner John Anderson said the store did well considering the quiet nature of Los Alamitos, but “it just didn’t have the foot traffic."

And for John and his brother Mike, who co-own the business, the move from Los Alamitos to Seal Beach is a homecoming of sorts.

Former Los Alamitos High School students, the brothers grew up there.

“We love the beach,” said John Anderson. “Who doesn’t like coming to Seal?”

The Andersons dream of eventually living in the city, too, John Anderson said.

“Hopefully, business is good so that we can move to Seal Beach. That’s the plan,” said John Anderson in an interview with Patch Thursday. "If business is good, we can work and live in the same city."

In January the store is expecting to expand into the nearby business Harvey’s Girls Gallery, which is moving.

As for the soft opening, on Saturday, they’ll have specials like a $10 t-shirt area and holiday sales.

And, according to Anderson, they plan to hold their official grand opening in February, when they’re hoping to have live music and give away clothing, helmets and food.

"The brands that we carry, they’re the best that you can get," Anderson said. "We’ve got a beautiful selection.  

Nat Ferguson December 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Right on John! Stoked to see you guys moving to Main Street. See you down at the store soon.
Seth Eaker December 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
An awesome addition to our Main Street! Way to create another destination reason for Seal Beach. Welcome and so glad you are a part of us.
enea ostrich December 08, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Shirts always sell in Seal Beach--good choice!
Robert Ptak December 11, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Great Brand!! Consistently cool and always in style! I really like the choices of fabrics and materials. Everything is comfortable and fits great!

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