Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Arm Bears

Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 20”h x 16″w, ©2005.

At the time this design was created, my husband and I owned Trekker Designs, an apparel decorating company, and one of the things we did was to screen print our designs onto apparel products and novelty gifts and sell them to our wholesale clients. One of our biggest clients was the Black Bear Diner Corporation. This design was one of the many black bear artworks we created which were printed on clothing, mugs, and cards that we sold to Black Bear Diner to sell in their diners and to be worn by employees. Unfortunately, this design was too controversial, so the design never got printed. This design was a twist on the Second Amendment Right where citizens have the right to bear arms. I reversed the wording Bear Arms to Arm Bears, and it had a new, more playful meaning.

Painted in watercolor, scanned into the computer, floated, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.