Dorothy may have said it best when she looked over at Toto and declared, "There’s no place like home." For Dorothy it was Kansas. For Bill and Ted it was San Dimas High. Peter Pan had Neverland. And The Fresh Prince might have lived in Bel-Air, but in West Philadelphia he was born and raised. Of course, there are others like Tennessee Williams who boldly declared, "America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland." Considering that our business was birthed in New Orleans, we don’t really have a problem with Williams’ sentiment.
But beyond the competition and comparing of who lives in the best place, one thing is for certain, the place where your feet are grounded is important. That’s the thing about place--it matters. As humans, we are whom we are in much part due to the place where we are. The community around us--whether it is the economic victories and difficulties of the place, the food, the sports teams, the climate, the hospitality or lack thereof--it all shapes us.
When we launched Til Ya Die, our first round of shirts had to do with place. NOLA Til Ya Die and then of course, within the city of New Orleans, we, like so many other cities, have our smaller communities--Mid-City, Uptown, French Quarter, Algiers, Bywater and more. There is a great sense of pride in expressing where your heart is!
So what sets your community apart from others? How has your community shaped who you are as a person? At Iwe are proud to support the expression of pride for a place. If you live there or if it means something to you, we can print it! And honestly, we don’t even mind printing Cleveland, cause that’s who we are.