A t-shirt, often seen as an article of clothing, can be very expressive and meaningful to the wearer. Something that people are willing to “brand” themselves with has many implications. These qualities and the important role clothing has played in his life, are what TY draws on to pull the t-shirt out of the clothing world and into the world of art with My Closet.
With t-shirts as the canvas, TY bares his soul about depression, dreaming big, believing in himself, experiencing doubt, and ultimately learning to trust the process.
In a few of his pieces, TY collaborates closely with well to lesser-known artists to bring his exact vision to life. For example, Atom Bomb was illustrated by David Gambale a.k.a. “World B Omes”, the illustrator behind the famous album cover for License to Ill by the Beastie Boys.
When asked why he chose t-shirts TY said “I wanted to start a clothing brand a long time ago back in high school. I thought in order to create I needed to make it a business. I actually had a couple of pretty successful attempts but I would get burned out super quickly. After years of wanting to create again but still mentally and emotionally struggling to bring myself to do it, I thought long and hard about what I wanted. That day I figured out I wasn’t a businessman but an artist and it changed everything. Inspiration exploded after that. I think t-shirts are a homage to all of that.”
Every piece comes with a digital, 3D clone of itself. By doing this, My Closet pushes the relationship between physical and digital pieces of art. And more importantly, as a whole, asks us to dream big, believe in ourselves, and follow our passions despite the internal and external voices telling us not to.