Wearing a customized T-shirt, like wearing a dog collar, gives strangers a comforting insight to your identity after you've spent hours digging through their trash. Strut your slogan through high-traffic areas with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of custom T-shirts and designer graphic apparel at Gallery M.I.A..
Armed with water-based, phthalate-free inks and chemicals, Gallery M.I.A.'s local graphic artists bedeck their torso muses with original designs printed on American-made organic fabrics from their sister-store Spiritex. Patrons of the machine-washable arts peruse more than 300 prints on exhibit, either in-store or at Spiritex's solar-powered pushcart downtown. Proclaim one's graphic-design rockstar status with a shirt celebrating Helvetica Bold ($30), defy convention with “Heavy Metal Nun” ($28), or remind yourself that alternate-current electricity is the answer to every problem with a "What Would Tesla Do?” tee ($24). Currently featured artists suscitate cotton canvases with dynamic pieces such as “Crazy Horse” by Dustin Spagnola and “Kiirin” by Emily Wiese ($36 each). Aspiring body-muralists can proudly showcase their own handiwork, too, as Gallery M.I.A. renders custom designs in five minutes or less using traditional screen-printing, digital printing, or dye-sublimation.