I am excited to finally share this new shirt with you because it has been a very cool collaboration. I wanted to have an artist create the artwork for a new nautical shirt and after a few cocktails with one of my dear old friends from Philadelphia, Emily, we determined her brother would be the perfect match! And as any big sister would, Emily convinced Dan he MUST partake in this even though his dance card was quite full.
So I am excited to introduce you to Daniel Mahlman, a Philadelphia-based artist who created this boat artwork in pen & ink, but he also works in traditional oil portraiture. Beyond creating his own wonderful pieces, Dan also teaches art. He teaches to private students but what we truly love is he teaches art at Project HOME, a non-profit that strives to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. He is an artist with a heart of gold trying to help others use art to better their lives.
His sister Emily wrote a blog post about his first solo exhibit a few years back and how much she admired how Dan was following his passion, his dream. And it is admirable, it is not always easy but it is a good reminder to find the path in life that makes you happy.
I hope you love our new shirt, which is unisex, and I also hope you will support Dan and his work. If you would also like to do a collaboration with this amazing artist, buy a piece of his work, or commission him to do a piece for you, please visit his site.
Emily – thank you for helping to make this happen!