At a local Veterans event, Michael Hyacinthe met a wounded U.S. Marine and his full-time nurse. Paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak due to injuries suffered in Iraq, Michael learned of his love of t-shirts from his nurse and asked the Marine if he would like to design his own. Seeing the larger-than-life grin come across his face, Michael called artist/design, Tyler Way to see if they could design a shirt together.

From that powerful collaborative design process and its resulting design, the HERO[series] was established: partnering a U.S. Veteran with an artist for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, & fashion.


50 States: Veterans + Artists United

“Brothers Forever” by Chris Weirs + Priscilla Wilson (2012)