Back in the
early sixties at Keller's Surf Shop we made shop t-shirts using a cardboard
stencil and a can of spray paint.
It worked like
this: You would bring in a t-shirt or a sweat shirt and I would go into
the side parking lot. Using pebbles to hold the stencel in place, I
would spray paint our shop logo on your shirt. Free of charge.
The logo was
a surfer on a wave. Corky Carroll told me it looked more like a hammer
and a sickle than a surfer on a wave.
came out pretty good. Other times, if I didn't have enough pebbles holding
down the cardboard, it would ruin your shirt. I ruined quite a few shirts
before I got it down.
Since then the surf t-shirt has become an art form and a personal statement that tells so much about ourselves. From the kind of surfboards we ride, places we've surfed, shop affiliations, contests we've entered or just a personal fashion statement that says... well that's the idea, the t-shirt makes the statement so we don't have to.