Aiden DeVries is the 4-year old son of Dave DeVries, an award-winning illustrator and creator of the book, The Monster Engine. If you’ve ever wondered what a child’s drawing would look like if painted by a professional illustrator, you’re about to find out.
It’s been one year since the explosion on the offshore Deepwater Horizon Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that caused one of the greatest oil catastrophes in the U.S history. But are all oilrigs bad? What if studies showed that decommissioned offshore oil rigs left at sea could actually provide valuable habitats for marine wildlife, serving as artificial coral reefs? This hot topic of conversation is brought to you by the latest issue of T-post and the news story that was given to the DeVries to visually interpret, first by Aiden and then his dad, Dave.
After Dave read our article aloud to his 4-year old son, Aiden drew an oilrig with smiley faces. Dave then composed the young artist’s loose sketches into his final drawing turned T-shirt graphic.
“Whether he realizes it or not, Aiden did his first professional illustration,” says Dave. And we at T-post couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. In fact, we couldn’t think of a better dynamic duo to interpret a story about the environment than a father and one of the children that’s going to inherit the Earth from us.
For more information on The Monster Engine, please visit www.themonsterengine.com
T-post (http://www.tpostmag.com) works a lot like a magazine subscription. Every five weeks, subscribers from over 50 countries receive a new issue/t-shirt in the mail. The offbeat news story is printed on the inside back of the shirt. And a graphic artist’s interpretation of that news story is printed on the front. For subscribers, the comment “Nice shirt” now becomes an invitation to tell the story behind the design and create dialogue about an interesting world event (http://www.facebook.com/tpost.se).
More than just an innovative social brand, T-post (http://www.youtube.com/TpostTV ) is also an environmentally conscience one. To reduce waste, T-post is only sold online to subscribers using the principles of on-demand manufacturing, i.e. making only what consumer’s want. Additionally, shirts are sweatshop-free, often organic, and printed with eco-certified inks.