Over the years, professional and college athletes and coaches have uttered countless outrageous quotes, often in the heat of the moment of a post-game press conference. Many have become classic references for announcers, athletes and fans, mentioned everywhere from blogs to sports talk shows, while many others are more obscure but no less hilarious. My appreciation for these quotes has grown with time, and the more I saw these moments and heard them referenced, the more I wanted to have some tangible way to remember them. As I wondered what a t-shirt could look like that recalled Allen Iverson's "Practice" rant, Jim Mora's "Playoffs" press conference or Randy Moss's "Straight cash homey" parking lot interview, I realized that there wasn't an established place to go for people who appreciate these quotes the way I do.
I had already started designing a few shirts centered around Michigan football, and decided to create more shirts relating to these sports quotes and put them on a website. What had started as just making a few shirts for some friends quickly turned into something far different that would take a great deal of work to accomplish. Whether it was finding the right printing setup, designing the look and feel of the website, creating the shirts themselves, doing photo shoots, or anything else, I have taken things one step at a time and leaned on the expertise of many family members and friends.
The goal of Off the Chest Inc. is to produce high-quality, well-designed apparel with excellent customer service. The first designs were created in the fall of 2010 and the online store was launched in the summer of 2011. Feel free to use the Contact page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Ross Shapland started Off the Chest Inc. from his home in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 and the Design program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA, in 2008. If he’s not designing, he’s probably spending time with family and friends or playing basketball, football, softball or bowling.