When I was 12 years old my family and I piled into our friends' VW Vanagon and road tripped down to San Felipe, Mexico. It was there that I first laid eyes on an object that affected me so powerfully that it would dictate the direction of my life for years to come. It was a tee shirt hanging in an outdoor bazaar depicting a crudely drawn Mickey Mouse. He was wearing baggy cholo pants and a headband, and he was flipping the bird! His hands kind of looked like they were on backwards, and I think his headband had leopard print on it. Under Mickey was written the words: “Macho Mouse”. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. It was the best thing my 12 year old eyes had ever seen! Despite my begging, there was no way my parents would buy it for me. But they couldn’t stop me from holding onto it in my heart and in my mind. It spoke to me then, and it speaks to me now with every tee shirt that I design.
Nowadays, whether I’m illustrating, color separating, selecting Pantone colors and screen meshes, press checking, or pulling ink myself, every time I see a tee shirt design come to life I feel like that 12 year old mouse err.. kid.. all over again.
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