Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Designer conveys political messages through T-shirts

Today, we are seeking advice from Tyler Grosso, a senior at Hopewell High, who is conveying political messages through his T-shirt designs. Tyler created his own business called Botch Designs and has been designing T-shirts for local bands in the area since his freshman year. Some of his political messages have included the first amendment and the behavior of police.

Q: How did you come up with the name of your business?
“Botch means failure, and failure is something I never want to be. It sort of reminds me everyday that I will become something.”

Q: What does the upside down triangle logo mean?
“The upside down triangle, in a sense, means be yourself. Don't be the same as everyone else, you have to stand out among everyone.”

Q: What materials do you use to design?
“For designing, I use Adobe Photoshop CS5. I use to hand screen print my own shirts, but the costs began getting high when I started getting a pretty good demand, so now I just order them online.”

Q: Can you tell us about your typical day?
“A typical day for me consists of waking up, going to school until 12:45, working on the clothes for a few hours and then going to my other job, being a cashier at Earth Fare.”

Q: What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from designing?
“I've learned a lot and gained a lot. Freedom of expression, how to network with others and how to just have fun are probably the most important ones.”

Q: To be considered wise, what must you know?
“You have to know what you're working with and how to use it.”

Q: What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome?
“Two things: brainstorming ideas and making them original.”

Q: How do you keep going?
“I think about the loyal fans and family who continuously support me. I have no idea where I'd be without them!”

Q: What is a motto you tend to live by?
“Work hard, stay humble.”

Q: What are three things everyone should always have with them?
“A pen, a notebook and their imagination.”

Q: Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
“Aside from graphic design, film is my favorite hobby. This year I plan on majoring in film and eventually becoming a producer.”

Q: Do you have any advice for young designers?
“You can do anything you set your mind to. If you want something then go get it. That’s how this whole thing started for me and I love every second of it.”