Gateway to the West February 18 2014
Like Lewis & Clark, we're heading West, adding our newest state to the print lineup, Missouri. The print we release is up to you. We have five print ideas we really love but can only pick one for now. Read a bit about the inspiration for each print below and then head to our Facebook page to vote on your favorite design and whichever ends up with the most likes by next Wednesday (February 26) is the one we'll make.
Back in 1899, Congressman Willard Vandiver uttered the epic words, "I come from a country that raises corn and cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri, and you have got to show me." Thus the Show Me State was born.
Tom Sawyer called the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, his home. Think back to reading the novel in school and you'll probably remember how Tom convinces his friends to pay him to whitewash a picket fence. That crafty Tom. This is our take on the classic scene, the state of Missouri still waiting for Tom to convince one more lucky boy to finish whitewashing it.
Another take on the state's unofficial nickname, done up in the colors of the state flag. We went with a flowing, brush script to symbolize the athletic feats accomplished at the Show-Me State Games.
You might not see them as often anymore, since most baseball players look like they're wearing pajama pants, but when the home team hikes up their pants along the Mississippi River, you'll catch a sight of the best looking socks in all of baseball (this coming from a Cubs fan!). This print is a play off those socks (and we think it's pretty cool the stripes look a lot like those on the St. Louis flag, symbolizing the state's two major rivers).
St. Louis happens to have one of the best looking city flags in the country. Two blue lines meeting to represent the confluence of the MIssissippi and the Missouri. A fleur-de-lis to symbolize French influence. Heck, they should probably consider adopting it as the flag for the whole state.