See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum and one night, one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moonlight, stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend daren’t make the leap. Y’see, he’s afraid of falling. So the, the first guy has an idea, he says, “Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!” B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says, he says, “Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You’d turn it off when I was half way across!”
In high school, I was very much a nerd; in fact, I still am today. Back then I was a little more defensive about it, a little less sure of myself, but today I’ve pretty much come to terms with that fact. It’s not a bad thing being a nerd (you get out of a lot of physical labor due to bad eyesight and allergies), but people tend to believe that being a nerd and being “cool”, whatever that means, are mutually exclusive things. When I saw the article “ARTREPRENUER: An artistic solution to the daily grind” in the Village News a couple of months ago, an article about two amazingly creative individuals that refrained from beating me up in high school and went on to start a streetwear company for the socially conscious, I thought, “Now that’s something I could get behind; I’ve got to have one of their shirts.” Local business, local people, and local pride are things I’ve always believed in, especially coming from a place like Chester.
After a little searching for the perfect shirt, I went with the Grape Revolver for a couple of reasons, one being the gag gun that reminded me of one of my favorite comic book villains, The Joker (I told you I was a nerd). For those that don’t know, the above quote is from one of Batman’s most important graphic novels, The Killing Joke, in which The Joker tries to prove that everyone is just one bad day away from being like him. I believe Grape Cloth tries to turn that idea around and show people the opposite – everyone is just one good day away from being a hero. There are no shells in this gun, no GSR on anyone’s hands; just a Grape flag flying from a Grape handle. Everyone’s probably a little upset when they wake up knowing they have to face a long work day, but when you go out in the world think about the impressions you leave on people. Pop off some rounds of positivity, change someone’s day, and as Mr. J would say, “Put a smile on that face.”
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Words by Justin Frashure