Tyler and Kendra drove away from their careers in the fashion industry as a footwear designer and a luxury retail buyer in order to expand the reach and impact of [HAS HEART] and the powerful HERO[series] collaborative design process.

Since July 2017, they’ve been traveling state-to-state to partner a Veteran with a graphic designer in all fifty states. Experience the entire 50 States: Veterans + Artist United project and follow their journey on our blog along with the latest updates on Instagram.


UPDATE: We’ve completed 39/50 states but need to raise $100,000 to reach the final 11 states and launch the remaining 35 state projects. DONATE today or CONTACT US to help complete this nationwide mission.

STATE 15: Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
DESIGN TITLE: L’Union
VETERAN: Darrel Charles, U.S. Navy
ARTIST: Brittany Ballinger
SPONSOR: Available

DESIGN: “L’UNION”

Inspired by the Haitian flag and its message of strength in unity, the Kintsugi art of repairing broken pottery with gold, and the intent of dazzle camouflage to stand out rather than blend in, U.S. Navy Veteran Darrel Charles and graphic designer Brittany Ballinger collaborated to create the design “L’Union.” Proud of his Haitian heritage, Darrel shared with Brittany the motto from the country’s coat of arms: “L’union fait la force,” meaning, “unity makes strength.”

While serving on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), he appreciated the teamwork aboard yet longed for a way to creatively express himself. Years after returning home, Darrel overcame homelessness with the help of the Florida organization “Operation Sacred Trust.” Now in school for sound engineering, Darrel hopes to use the mediums of video, music, and massage therapy to provide a means of healing and support for others.

Ultimately, Darrel and Brittany added a touch of gold to the design to highlight the beauty in brokenness just as the Japanese art of Kintsugi does, hoping to translate the inner peace found through acceptance and healing.

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VETERANS DAY 2019

[HAS HEART] celebrated Veterans Day with a long weekend’s worth of events and local partnerships. We opened a temporary pop-up shop in the building we’ve hosted numerous ArtPrize exhibits in years past at 22 Sheldon Ave NE, which included a special coffee tasting experiment and annoucement.

NEW! STICKER DECALS

[HAS HEART] is excited to launch the “50 States: Veterans + Artists United” project designs from each state in sticker decal format with the help and support of New York-based Sticker Mule. Each of the Veteran and artist designs are now available in custom die-cut vinyl stickers that are durable and protected from scratches, water, and sunlight.

Failure Lab: Saugatuck

This Saturday, September 21, at 7:30PM at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, our co-Founder and Executive Director, Michael Hyacinthe will be sharing a piece of his story as part of the Failure Lab speaker series.