Last night I added a new linocut to the Etsy shop: my take on the Gadsden flag.
The story of this print starts at a Philly cheese steak restaurant... in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Steak Stuffers USA. Hands down, this is one of my top 5 favorite places to eat. Veggie stuffer + provolone + corn nuggets = divine. Here are a few pictures I had on hand. They don't quite convey the deliciousness and I was really into Instagram frames at the time, but you get the idea.
George, the founder of Steak Stuffers, always worked the cash register, usually wore some sort of American flag shirt, and kept a stash of 'Don't Tread on Me' hats right behind him. My husband bought one of those hats last year and is asked about it constantly. Sadly, now George is gone and so are his hats [I know you can still get hats elsewhere, but it's just not the same].
So one day Chris said to me, "You should do a cut of my hat. People love it." Not really in the business of making political statements, I hesitated at first but curiosity compelled me to research the phrase, its history, and the symbolism. I won't bore you with the details (here's the Wikipedia link if you're interested), but I found them pretty fascinating. The gist is that the striking rattlesnake symbolism has been apart of American culture since the 1700's and it's been used (and abused?) by a variety of causes and organizations ever since. Personally, I find it a good symbol for my ISTP personality type [Any Myers-Briggs enthusiasts out there?]. 'ISTPs are content to let others live according to their own rules and preferences, as long as the favor is reciprocated.'
I started some sketches a few weekends ago. Never thought I'd find myself drawing a snake. Eek! I finished up the carving this weekend and started the printing process.
And there you have it! From the 1700's to a cheese steak restaurant to Etsy. Now off to get some corn nuggets.