I did the New York marathon this year. Signed up for it 4 years ago and eventually I got in. Coming up to it I started thinking about what I would wear, and did I have anything worthwhile to write on my shirt! There's an Art Director in New York I hugely admire who's work I have been following for a few years now. His style is all about being free and instinctive, having something to say and getting the message out there without worrying too much about making it pretty or perfect. He does a lot of freehand copy. He also spends a lot of time giving out advice to troubled creatives around the world on his weekly Burning Questions You Tube series. He's been a big inspiration to me for quite a while now. His name is James Victore.
Turns out the marathon course goes pretty close to his studio in Brooklyn so I decided to pay homage to him by writing a message to him on my shirt, in a style inspired by his work. The plan was that he would be watching the marathon, see me go by, and be so impressed that he would immediately stop me and insist I go work for him in New York! Funnily enough, that didn't happen and I got through the course uninterrupted. But, as luck would have it, in a weird coincidence, he just happened to be having an open-to-all meet up evening a few nights later and I got to go along and meet him anyway! It was brilliant, he was great and hopefully flattered rather than afraid of his crazy stalker girl from Ireland! : )