On Tuesday, I sent a batch of Bush T-Shirts over to the Air America staff, namely Rachel Maddow. I considered walking them over, as I am literally a few blocks from their offices, but I didn’t want to come off as creepy. So I mailed a box to them and a little letter, too.
The letter lies below in its entirety.
_Hi Rachel (or a dedicated intern or assistant).
My husband and I are big fans of The Rachel Maddow Show. The podcast gets us through our commute each day and gives us more than a few laughs. Thanks for that!
I’ve enclosed a bunch of t-shirts I made as an unsolicited gift to anyone at the station. These aren’t for any promotion or anything—I’m just a gal who enjoys making things.
My name is Michele. I designed the shirts about two years ago and printed them in May.
The initial idea was to try and sell them to folks who visit my site (mihow.com) but I’m not a very good salesperson.
The run was pretty small (200 shirts) so I decided to just give them away.
When Katrina hit the gulf, I sent about 50 to a Salvation Army in Baton Rouge, along with three other boxes filled with bedding, clothing, shoes, and other items I felt the victims could use. I decided to give the rest away at local benefits. After all was said and done, I found that I had quite a few left over.
I saw the documentary “Left of the Dial” over the Thanksgiving weekend, and thought I should send a bunch of the remaining shirts to the folks at Air America.
The shirts are kind of silly, but I think the point has only gotten stronger since I drew the first cartoon two years back. Besides, if any group of people can appreciate an off-color critique of our dearest leader, it’s the Air America crew.
I hope they will make at least one person there smile—and perhaps I’ll see someone wearing one on the train one day!
This will make my sixth whatever you’d like to call it at getting these into the hands of random people everywhere. First, there was the time I messengered over a bunch to Jon Stewart. I followed that chorus of crickets by sending a bunch down to a Baton Rouge Salvation Army around the same time I donated money to the Red Cross for each story I received on mihow.com. (Some the people in Baton Rouge have visited my site because of it.) And then there was the time Toby Joe and I put on up downtown on September 11th, 2005. We had a really great time that day. On October 7th, I brought a bunch of t-shirts to a NOLA benefit at Enid’s in Greenpoint where I gave a bunch away. They were very well received. I ran out of shirts before I ran out of empty hands. And then most recently, after receiving a head’s up email from my gal, Gina, I sent another batch over to Kurt Vonnegut’s publisher.
I never expect to hear anything from anyone. But I’m having a blast casting out a line or two every once and a while. It breaks up the monotony of my day. Plus, I’m getting so used to rejection that being ignored ain’t nothing.
You are brave and crazy and I mean that in the nicest, most complimentary way. I love it.
not sure if I’d use the brave in a sentence when describing me, but crazy? most definitely. Perhaps the two are easily confused. I’m crazy enough to seem fearless, perhaps.
michele: crazy nut!
And to think, this time I didn’t have to write it myself! Instead, my husband (and best friend) wrote it!
I LOVE IT !
think of it as diy design karma. you may not hear anything immediately but just knowing that these lines are out there makes me feel all warm, fuzzy & giggly.
People will talk at parties. One day you’ll be legendary!
…or have you reached legendary status already ?
by the way, did you see the White Stripes on the Daily Show the other night ??? JS was so geeked he had trouble carrying on a conversation. Too cute.