The first show my parents let me go to alone was sometime way back in the ninth grade for a band that I'm much too embarrassed to admit I ever listened to. My two girl friends and I got dropped off at Roseland Ballroom in New York City an hour prior to the show so that we could wait in line and get a good spot in the crowd. We were three of the youngest people there, but we didn't care, we threw on our band t-shirts (mine happened to be my older sister's because I hadn't yet formed my own collection) and we lined our eyes in black eyeliner and jumped around to every song like there was no tomorrow (which there was, because it was a Wednesday and we had to wake up for school in the morning). We were young souls taking advantage of our huge amounts of energy and breaking into the exciting world of rock and roll. Of course, I couldn't leave the venue until I bought a t-shirt of my own from the band we saw so that I could wear it to school the next day and brag to my other friends, who were not allowed to go to the show, how much fun we had.
Just this past year, I met Rory and Liam, two best friends who play in a band together. Rory plays the guitar and Liam plays bass. They were excited to hear that I enjoy singing and I have vocal influences in gospel music, so they invited me to come jam with them a few times. I developed a great friendship with these two guys and, when it came time to make t-shirts for their gigs, they didn't think twice about coming to me. They briefly explained to me what they were looking for, drew up a small sketch, and then let me do my magic. After a few tweaks to my original design, we agreed on the design featured in the image above. They brought the design to a friend in the silkscreen business who printed the shirts using the silkscreen printing method in a few colors: heather grey (pictured), royal blue, USA red, ninja turtle green, and bright white. The t-shirts came out pretty great and Rory and Liam have been getting plenty of requests by fans to purchase one. They even gave me one of the t-shirts in a color of my choice (I chose heather grey) for free! And who doesn't love free t-shirts?