Gabe crisscrosses the South, uncovering three distinct American musical styles all begging to be immortalized in one of his tee shirts. In Ville Platte, La. KVPI plays local cajun, zydeco, and swamp pop music. In Chattanooga, Tenn. the Big Nine music scene lives on at Memo's. And just up the road in Signal Mountain, Tenn. the Mountain Opry still keeps the tradition of bluegrass music alive.
Gabe creates tee shirts for three businesses that feature metal work, honoring American industry and the blue collar spirit they carry on. In Arnoldsville, Ga. he witnesses custom knives as they're handcrafted out of recycled material at Bloodroot Blades. The Williamsport Foundry in Williamsport, Pa. has been pouring metal since 1916, specializing in small and difficult jobs. And in Pittsburgh, Pa. a hardworking family runs Liberty Welding, the oldest welding operation in the city.
Gabe designs tee shirts celebrating people and businesses especially close to his heart. In Monroe, Oregon Hull-Oakes Lumber is a family run logging and milling company that plants up to 20 trees for every one it cuts down. Mahalo Amplification in Decatur, Ga. build electric guitar amplifiers by hand to create their unique sound. And in Seattle, Wash. a trio of artists mix art and business with their cool creations at Electric Coffin.
Gabe sizes up the food and drink that truly define their area and inspire some XL tees. In Marblehead, Mass. the owner of The Barnacle restaurant serves up lobsters he's caught that very morning. In Lafayette, La. every place has their own unique take on a traditional cajun cuisine. And in Kent, Wash. Smith Bros Farms delivers milk right to your doorstep.
An avid gear head himself, Gabe travels the country to create tee shirts for businesses that celebrate mad machines. In a motorcycle shop in Brattleboro, Vt. two friends are finding and flipping old bikes at Vintage Steele. Then in Vancouver, Wash. Gabe is inspired by the hot rod heritage of the SloPoks car club. And in Imperial, Pa. Gabe wrenches with dirt track racers at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Gabe makes tee shirts for businesses with a connection to the sea. First Gabe visits Ricky Robbin, captain of the Lil' Rick, who like generations of family before him has been shrimping the bayou in St. Bernard Parish, La. Then Gabe drops anchor in Marblehead, Mass. where Doug Park is restoring and handcrafting wooden boats at Redd's Pond Boatworks. And then it's over to Miller's Launch in Staten Island, N.Y. where Gabe rides tugboats through New York harbor and finds out how one man took a salvaged boat and created an empire.