This is the first t-shirt design I did for Max Keiser (in January 2013). Basically, I took a still from the telly and turned it into a stencil, adding the text afterwards – Max’s end of show catchphrase, “Bye y’all!” In fact, I wrote, “Bye ya’all!” initially, but Stacy Herbert soon put me right on that, not before I’d sold a few t-shirts and hoodies with “Bye ya’all!” written on them first… I see art as ever evolving and those initial prototypes are part of the artistic process/story, making them unique (I’m aware of the oxymoron in saying, ‘them unique’).
When I first published this design and tweeted it to Max and Stacy, I wasn’t expecting any kind of positive response, mainly because I hadn’t sought any permissions from Max to use his image (I wouldn’t be much of a “guerrilla artist” if I worried about things like that), so I was buzzing when Stacy tweeted me back saying, “I think @maxkeiser is going to order one tomorrow; great work!”
It was @Boxer_AF who first requested the “Your Thoughts…” version of the t-shirt, which has proved to be more popular than the original.
The “Your Thoughts…” design has even found its way on to BBC Newsnight, to my surprise at the time!