Ask a musician to make a list of her influences and inspirations, and there is little doubt that Daniel Johnston will make the cut.  His life has been described as “existential torment”, as he suffers from manic depression and schizophrenia.  But somehow he manages to create some of the most honest music telling some of the most compelling stories you’ve ever heard.  Johnston’s unlikely success is now being further commemorated in this tshirt collection featuring three of his endearing drawings.  One of the things that we find most inspiring about Johnston is his simple generosity; from early in his career until now he has been known for handing out homemade tapes of his music to anyone he meets.  There is an authenticity to Johnston’s homemade music that encourages us to create in a similar manner.  Johnston didn’t wait for some “expert” to tell him his music was worth making; he just made it and let it speak for itself.  And that’s part of what makes WhoopTee great; you don’t have to be a “designer” to design a worthwhile tshirt, just design one.  In fact, here’s a challenge for you: design a three tshirt collection inspired by Johnston’s.  Let us know about it, and we’ll feature it here.

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