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I just spent this last month moving out of my printing studio because I’m not going to make tshirts anymore. And I’ve already gotten several concerned calls and emails asking “why? oh why?”

My business took a big hit when the economy went sour. Eventually my business started becoming a very expensive hobby.  And this “hobby” began to affect other members of my family in a negative way. Well, I just couldn’t do that.

So I had to make a choice. Do I love my clothing line enough to sacrifice my quality of life? To give up other things I love like buying books, art supplies, going to the movies, etc.

Sure the economy would eventually recover in about two to three years and I would start to make a profit again. But I don’t care to wait since my clothing line isn’t where my passion is; being an artist and working on a new creative project like surfer girl saves the world is. In the end, I will always choose the most creative path. That’s what an artist is supposed to do.

So that’s why I’m saying goodbye to making tshirts. Thanks for your support and for being a loyal fan and customer.

Please visit my other blog surfergirlsavestheworld.com. I will be documenting the creative process of making my first super hero graphic novel.

It would not be better…

Fail Better by Herter Studio Books

“It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.” – Heraclitus

“To be an artist is to fail, as no other dare fail..” – Samuel Becket

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln.

“We only think when we are confronted with a problem.” – John Dewey

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

So as I’m scanning through another issue of Time Out, I see this lovely lady wearing one of my shirts as she is trying to get a date. I went online to get a better picture of her and had to post this picture of her wearing the Sunnyside tee.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

Men's Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt in black

Men’s Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

Women's Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

Women’s Queens, New York Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

Men's NYC Graphic Tshirt in Grey

Men’s NYC Graphic Tshirt

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

Along with my Surfer Girl Saves the Gulf tshirt campaign, I will be coming out with a graphic novel adventure – hopefully with more than one. As with many of my projects, I show you my artistic process. So this one is no different. I will be posting you sketches and notes of what we’re working on. The first one here is a sketch of her uniform, her wetsuit and surfboard, adorned with the logo I designed.

On surfing boards and clothing, you will see the ying yang symbol alot because of what it stands for in Taoism.  “In ancient Taoist texts, wu wei/wei wu (effortless doing) is a paradox and is associated with water through its yielding nature. Water is soft and weak, but it can move earth and carve stone. Taoist philosophy proposes that the universe works harmoniously according to its own ways. When someone exerts his will against the world, he disrupts that harmony. Taoism does not identify man’s will as the root problem. Rather, it asserts that man must place his will in harmony with the natural universe.”

When I designed Surfer Girl’s logo, I wanted to created a symbol that embodies the idea of ying yang and also had a “s” in it. I love the way it flows and mimics the flow of water and waves.

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