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Do not view this image if you believe there are some areas that should not be joked about – disability being one of them.

That being said, let me give you the idea behind this potentially offensive design.

I was at the beach the other day and I see this kid with a hang 10 shirt on – one of those old Hawaiian things you used to see around. And it’s got this image of these two footprints, with these cutesy toes. So I think to myself – that’s fine for people with nice feet, but what about the rest of us. What about people with deformed feet?

The concept is about TENACITY and HONESTY.

Imagine if you have all these people with physical deformities who want to have fun like everyone else – so they form a surf club. They don’t have enough toes to hang ten, and they aren’t even co-ordinated enough to stay on their boards most of the time (hence the pic of the guy wiping out). But who cares? They’re there to have fun, and they don’t give a damn about what people think of them.

If you have ever tried to make a ilving doing something you’re passionate about – I think you can relate.

Part 1

Comments

  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeover 6 years ago

    I love the concept and the design is very nicely done. My dad is a triple amputee – since he was only 18 years old (now 81!) Lost his left arm (natural one) and lower part of both limbs. But it never stopped him from doing the things he wanted to do in life – drive a car without all the gizmos, fly a glider, and about 10 years ago began flying ultralight aircraft. So I can relate to your message which is very positive and assuring. Well done.

  • Aha! So you get the idea… fantastic, thanks so much for the comment.

    – James Lillis

  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeover 6 years ago

    Not sure how dad would go on a surfboard though. LOL.

  • LostBoy
    LostBoyover 6 years ago

    just my opinion…but i think your designs should be placed as high on the template as possible..

    it just looks better…

    so you design tees for a living?

  • Hi LostBoy (like Keifer Sutherland style Lost Boy…?)

    Okay – yes, I agree with you on this one, I’ve made the image larger and placed it higher, and I do think it looks better. Thanks for the tip.

    I’m a professional speaker :)

    – James Lillis

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 6 years ago

    Good fun design James .. and if it makes people stop and think for a sec … even better!!

  • Thanks Cathie, appreciate the comment. I love your t-shirts, definitely thought provoking.

    – James Lillis

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    my kids both have 2 fused toes!!
    but they surf just fine :)
    this is clever….the message is a good one!

  • Wow – what are the chances?! I can tell you live near the beach by your artwork ;)

    Thanks for the comment – I’m glad that people are picking up on the fact that it is a positive message.

    – James Lillis

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 6 years ago

    dude this is great !
    and whgilst being sensitive to disabilities, life is a funny ole game anyhow, and sometimes laughter is all that can be done.
    (hope you have a moment to check out my stick figure series, like this one
    and you’ll see what a similar idea we both have here.
    :)

  • Hi MuscularTeeth (are they really?)

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah, you do have to laugh. I liked your Jesus. But then again, I just like Jesus.

    – James Lillis

  • Angela Millear
    Angela Millearover 6 years ago

    This is awesome!!
    Un-PC, but not offensive or cruel.
    Love it =)

  • Hi Angela

    Thanks for the comment. I got the inspiration for this one down at Currumbin beach on the Gold Coast. Everyone’s been super positive so far.

    – James Lillis

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyover 6 years ago

    love this -really tickled my funnybone and also made me think…well done!

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