Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Me: My name is Robert and I’m an artist.

Them: Hi, Robert.

Declaring the above statement feels like I’m standing in a group of recovering addicts. But instead of saying it to overcome an addiction, I say it to affirm my commitment. Answering the call to create was something I’ve set aside for years. Then, the urge to make art became overwhelming.

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In the past, I’ve treated this branding as a blessing and a curse. Like a milestone reached on a path of stepping stones or,  like The Scarlet Letter worn by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine, Hester. I’ve surrendered to the impulse to lead visitors to observe God’s gifts. I will wear this glorified badge as I establish more permanent marks.

Shown is a coded message on a t-shirt I’ve marked up. What does it say?

Why not mark up a t-shirt of your own? Supplies include a t-shirt, a lettering stencil (optional), a permanent fabric marker and cardboard to protect the opposite side from bleed marks. Use gentle care in washing and drying the t-shirt.

Now get to coding and creating.