This is the original Manta Ray T-shirt. Starting from the beginning. I had a dream one night. I dreamed I started up a new fashion line that was featuring an image of a Manta Ray.
I woke up quickly to right down my dream. In the morning, I realized that the idea was a really good idea and motivated me to think up ideas to make this dream come alive. That is how Manta Ray Apparel was born. I started sketching a simple manta ray, but felt that I didn’t take the design far enough. I started to abstract the design in different way. I felt it should focus on the young, hip, contemporary community and punk community. It is for Lowbrow artist such as myself. I was thinking of graffiti and tattoos. I was thinking of punk culture, electric guitars and surfboards. I wanted the image edgy and wanted it stealthy like a manta ray, where the shadows and reflection of the water on the manta ray made patterns on the back of the manta ray. Loved the looseness of my design original design and decided that this was the path of this company. The manta ray is sleek and stealthy as it glides through the water. It is not a common ocean image. You usually see companies making dolphins, whales or fish, but not Manta Rays. I have been an artist as long as I can remember and never felt this strongly to an idea as this one. If you want a t-shirt with an image as unusual as you are, there many Manta Ray designs to choose. Sometimes the first generation of ideas is usually the best. I just think that the idea is becoming more clearer to me. Here is a link to my art, I hope that you like it: Carl Lozada
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