In 1993 brand director Tetsu Nishiyama (Tet) began producing products under the label ‘Forty Percent Against Rights’ in the back streets of Harajuku, Tokyo. A few years later in 1996 Tet re-emerged with his new line WTAPS (Pronounced Double Taps) based heavily on military and the outdoors. Tet has been widely revered as one of the cultural leaders of the Tokyo street fashion scene and has gone on to achieve many accolades.Along with being the Director of WTAPS he also directs the URSUS Bape sub line for A Bathing Ape, as well as the Director for the former Aoyama Black Flag select shop and all worldwide ‘Hoods’ shops that house NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS products. As of late Wtaps has grown to included several signature styles such as 'Trad', 'Ivy', 'Preppy' while still maintaining it's military inspired roots. In 2011, the former Black Flag select shop closed it's doors and TET’s new store GIP (The Guerrilla Incubation Period) was born.