Archived Tee - 2011-08-18Art curated by
Time for Science
About the artist
Tell us a bit about this design.
This is a tribute to the brave few who attempt to educate the masses of attention-deficit kids out there by being simultaneously entertaining. Being a teacher myself, I’ll tell you that it’s a tough task. I have, however, had neither the luxuries of daily explosions nor grown men in rat suits at my disposal in the classroom.
Where are you from?
I was born in Michigan, but have lived the vast majority of my life in the humidity-sodden sauna that the Spanish called Florida. “Feast of Flowers?” More like “Feast for Mosquitos.”
What do you want TeeFury fans to know about you?
That I’m a Language Arts teacher whose previous career happened to be in graphic design. Also, because of my literary background, I’m aware of the irony inherent in my creation of a science-themed design. Besides, I haven’t come up with a good Dickens-centric shirt idea just yet.
What do you absolutely not want them to find out?
That this shirt is a thinly-veiled attempt to work Kari Byron into a design. But they probably knew that.
Name a few of your favorite things.
Pad Thai. Winter. Drunk Hulk. David Tennant’s Hamlet. A double IPA in my Dock Street Brewery glass. Marian Call’s Vanilla in sound-blocking headphones. The World Showcase at Epcot. Air conditioning. Delivering my Joseph Campbell lecture.
What kind of art did you make as a kid?
I drew superhero logos. Was obsessed with them, in fact. I also remember entering, in sixth grade, a local newspaper’s art contest entitled “Florida’s Future.” I drew a picture of the state with a nuclear missile headed towards it, which inexplicably won. I suppose that the editors thought I represented a generation of kids who feared the Cold War’s mutually-ensured destruction, but I just thought that working Lake Okechobee into the surprised “O” of the state’s mouth was hilarious.
What is your favorite thing about Mythbusters?
I enjoy watching them because they have such a good rapport with one another on camera. These are people who seem to genuinely have a good time working together, and I think that viewers pick up on that.
Aliens vs. time travelers: which would win the battle?
Well, James Cameron wins, of course.
Describe your favorite shirt that you own, and why you like it so much.
I have an authentic Detroit Tigers jersey that my wife gave me as a wedding present. I love it so much that I almost never wear it.
Which is better, gaming, reading, or watching movies? Name your favorite title in your chosen medium.
Reading, without a doubt – the other two mediums couldn’t exist without it. My favorite title, now…I think that as far as contemporary fiction goes, Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves is a work I keep coming back to, and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is right up there as well. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. A Confederacy of Dunces. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Okay, shutting up now.
What inspires your work?
I try to create shirts that I want to wear. It’s really just that simple. If I’m lucky, then people out there will share my tastes and enjoy my designs. Somewhat cliché, perhaps, but there it is.
Any shout outs?
My loving, beautiful, capable wife, who has been unswervingly supportive of my passions for the humanities and teaching for almost fifteen years. Friends and family in North Carolina and Ohio, in Washington and Texas, and right here in Florida. My alumni from PHUHS’s International Baccalaureate program, who should take a break from changing the world long enough to buy a shirt or three.