The year was 1958. His name was Hank. He drove a cherry red Maverick, played guitar and had a way with women.
Originally from Greenwich Village, Hank, like generations of free thinkers before him, was inexplicably drawn across the country to the beach culture of southern California.
Once there, Hank made friends with an eclectic group of misfits, who lived life to the fullest. An amateur painter, musician and surfer, Hank became well known for adorning long boards with his self-styled graffiti. Testing the oceanís limits on a board of his own. Hank loved the freedom of the sea.
Searching for a look to fit his new lifestyle, hank began creating his own clothes. Working out of his garage, he hand dyed and printed t-shirts. His instincts led him to the familiar comfort of well-washed cotton, the authentic colors of nature and the fit of confident sexuality. Soon locals offered to buy his clothing and as word of mouth spread, people simply started calling these creations Hankís.
By the 60ís, Hankís were all the rage up and down the California coast, but his spirit was too free to time to one place. Leaving behind the garage and printing press, legend has it; he followed his heart and the waves to the next new adventure. He embarked on a trek across the globe from the rain forest of the Amazon to the Fiji islands. Read more...
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