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My Favorite Tees: Greg Terry

MY FAVORITE TEES, INTERVIEWDusty GilpinComment

Greg Terry has some intimidating looks. He's like 7 feet tall, has a bunch of tattoos, shaved head and a 87 year old beard. I mean look at how mean and viscious this guy is:

Okay, maybe he doesn't look as mean as I described, and in all actuallity Greg is one of the nicest guys I know. Greg is a staple in the Oklahoma Hardcore scene, and also a devout straightedger. He and his wife Ashley Terry can be found at regular creative social outings like, LIVE on The Plaza, Mustache Bash, and various art and music shows. Greg is a great guy and if you ever see him around, do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to him. Greg's self analysis is as follows, "I am a viking living in modern day Oklahoma City. Nerding is a verb and I do it well. Star Wars, straight edge and bicycles. Most of my favorite tees are band shirts."

 Here are Greg's favorite tees:

CHAMPION : AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2004

"Champion Austrailian Tour Tee: Champion very quickly became one of my favorite bands. Straight edge has always been important to me and Champion always had a way of saying what I was thinking without using a hammer to do it. This shirt was on my back for show after show after show. It's withstood pulls and tears, pile ons, footprints, and many a sing-along. It's one of my most comfortable tees. it's sweat stained and well worn. It was a harder one to track down. I wanted it because it has a koala bear wearing an X-rated Swatch. Come on. That rules."

 

BANE : LIVE THE LIFE THAT YOU LOVE

"This band has been kicking me in the nuts for 10 years now. Literally. It seems like every time I see them Aaron Bedard seems to put his Adidas shelltoe right into my junk. I never seem to notice until later. I'm usually too pre-occupied with shouting and finger-pointing to some of the most inspiring words ever set to jams. I don't have many long sleeve t-shirts but this one I really love. The red cross calls to one of my favorite records of all time 'Give Blood'. The back of the shirt says 'Love the life you live.'"

OVER MY DEAD BODY TOUR TEE : FAVORITE SHIRT OF ALL TIME

"This shirt is such a favorite of mine I actually own two of them. I'm currently on the search for a third so if you see one of these in a size large, snatch it up, I'll hit you back. This is one of the more comfortable tees I own. It's long but not wide like some large t-shirts are. If this tee were lost, I would probably tear up. This is also a tribute tee, indicated by the RIP JMJ on the sleeve. I never got to see Over My Dead Body play. Sometimes that makes me sad, but like Toby says "People change but songs remain."

 

108 ANGEL STRIKE MAN

"Jacob Bannon has been designing a lot of things for the bands on his Deathwish Inc. label. This is one of them. 108 was part of a group of bands labeled as "Krishnacore" and contributed to one of my favorite eccentricities in hardcore. Lot's of personal struggle with faith and spirituality, personal morality and learning how to become a better you wrapped up in 108's music. This shirt is a go-to for me because it's so simple. It's comfortable and like other shirts that end up being my favorites, it's a longer large and the print takes up a good amount of real estate. Tall dudes know what's up."

Thank you Greg for your contribution! If you want to follow Greg on his day to day, check him out on both Twitter and Instagram: @GregLast. Send us your favorite tee submissions soon!

My Favorite Tees: Ashley Terry

MY FAVORITE TEESDusty GilpinComment

Meet Ashley Terry hair stylist and resident of beautiful Oklahoma City, "I attempt to live a creative life and that seems to keep me busy in it's own right." This is the second girl and the second Ashley to do our "Favorite Tees" blog. This leaves me to believe that if you are female and named Ashley, you must have a pretty wicked t-shirt collection. Besides having a wicked t-shirt collection, Ashley Terry can be found helping out our ever growing young progressive art culture by volunteering with events like Better Blockand LIVE on the Plaza. This last week at Mustache Bash I confronted her and her husband (Greg Terry) about submiting thier favorite tees. I can just tell the types of folks that probably have a rockin collection of t-shirts and I'm glad to say that my intuitions were right! We'll feature Greg's shirts sometime soon, but for now, feast your eyes on Ashley's favorite tees:

OBEY: BARACK OBAMA PORTRAIT

"I purchased this tee here in Oklahoma City at Blue 7. Although it garners some funny looks here in our great red state, it is one of my favorite t-shirts to wear. Independent artists played a major part in the 2008 Presidential campaign. No matter what side of the isle you sit on it was inspiring to see artists using their creativity to support something they believe in. Being a fan of Shepard Fairey's talent (especially his street art) this shirt was a perfect choice for me."

FLAMING LIPS: MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKULLS

"Participating in the Flaming Lips March of 1000 Flaming Skeletons every year was a blast for me and my husband. It's fantastic for OKC to have a group of people like The Flaming Lips creating fun and eccentric happenings for us to experience. This particular shirt is from the 2008 skeleton march. The event happened 4 years in a row and while there is a tee for each one, this design is my favorite. The shirt is super comfortable and the bright orange always catches my eye."

STRETCH ARM STRONG

"Stretch Arm Strong was one of the first shows that I remember going to at the new Green Door location in Bricktown. It seems like such a long time ago, but every time I wear this shirt I am reminded of what a great night that was. One of my favorite things in life is getting together with friends and listening to good music. This is the only baseball tee I've ever owned in my life and it will probably stay that way."

BOMBS AWAY: OKLAHOMA SHIELD

"This is literally my favorite t-shirt in my closet. I can't wear it out in public without somebody asking me where I got it. I purchased it at DNA Galleries in the Plaza District. It's by far the most comfortable tee that I own. The simplicity of the artwork and the comfortability make it a consistent go to. The shield design has become so prominent in local apparel and I love being able to show my Okie pride in such a well designed shirt."

Special thanks to Ashley for her submissions! We love hearing about your favorite tees and the stories behind them. If you want to submit your favorite tees, email dusty@treeandleafclothing.com with the subject "My Favorite Tees."

My Favorite Tees: Jake Beeson

INTERVIEW, MY FAVORITE TEESDusty GilpinComment

Jake Beeson was mentioned in Tanner Frady's "Favorite Tee" blog post, and now we're lucky to have his own Favorite Tee submissions! Jake is an amazing painter, designer and all around good guy. He co-manages a lifestyle blog titledIWishThatItWouldRain.com that features art, culture, beer reviews, and really whatever else he wants to put on it. Straight from the horses mouth, here are Jakes favorite tees:

I am an Artist/Designer and I live in Tulsa OK. I live a pretty domesticated life with my wife, 3 children and 3 dogs... I do keep it gangster on occasion though.
You can check out my updates on IwishThatItWouldRain.com (which is currently collecting a little dust because of a recent move.)

PRINTOSAURUS : Bout Damn Time

I got this shirt from the Printosaurus Homies. This shirt is all about comfort while being stylish. I am not a stylish guy so I need all the help I can get. The simple font and subtle gradient is all anyone that is obsessed with letters could want. Not to mention the phrase can apply to just about anything. "Bout Damn Time you got here," "Bout Damn Time to eat," "Bout Damn Time the kids went to sleep," Etc..

 

TML (The Midwest Legacy) 2009

This is a much more personal shirt. Extremely limited edition for a club for grown ups... kind of grown ups. The hand drawn letters were from Thomas Woodward and the print was by Chris Foxworth, two of the greatest homies and artist I know. They are part of the same crew and we keep it real by painting graffiti, exchanging stir fry recipes, and spooning during scary movies. Every time I put on this shirt is a nostalgic moment.

This might seem like homecooking picking a T&L shirt as one of my favorites, but it just is. I got this shirt a few months back and I can be honest with myself and admit that I wear it too much. I am sure it has sweat rings and some sort of permanent odor, but no one notices that over the stunning graphics and (personal favorite of my own) color scheme. A nice mix of fonts with some nice shout outs to beer labels what is not to like? Solid shirt top off with a great color to rock all year long and softness you can sleep on.

Editors Note: We don't encourage our submitters to favor T&L tees, Jake is just THAT COOL of a guy! Thanks Jake!