The concept for School of Rejecks originated as the story from Sarah and Ty—navigating their way through the journey and struggles of high school. Both characters are different from the rest of their peers—each unique in their own way. My designs/characters depict the challenges and funny scenarios that arise on their paths. School of Rejecks conceived of its apperal and comics as a canvas to transform and illuminate the portrayal of “rejects” in society.
Over the years, my passion for creative expression grew—from art to music to fashion—the originality and boldness of my influences inspired me to be different. My love of collecting tees with original and imaginative graphics motivated me to start my own unique graphic tee business. My greatest influences for School of Rejecks stem from 90s pop culture—from LA Gears, Busta Rhymes, Duckman, and Child’s Play. The 90s encouraged me to think outside the box—there was no normal—and dared me to unleash my creative spirit.
However, Johnny Cupcakes made me believe that I can make my passion into a inspiring business. Walking into Johnny's store, I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail devoted to making the bakery concept come to life. Even though I was in a clothing store, Johnny truly captured his artistic vision by immersing his consumers in an environment that was a real-life extension of his imagination. At that moment, I realized that attention to "detail" is critical to being successful. As well, Kyle Crawford of Electric Zombie motivated me to express my own passions through tees and accessories. He shared his passion for 80s and 90s pop culture—and zombies—through his tees. Crawford’s love for zombies, the WWE, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instantly grabbed my attention and the honesty of his blog only furthered my interest in him.
These people and the culture of the 90s inspired me to make not only apparel, but comic books as well. I wanted to share my life experiences with the youth, while giving them detailed imagery through my our comics. Then, in came Stephanie who shared my ambition to create—a positive message as well. With the influence of 80s & 90s pop culture our partnership was born. Along with our shared interests and passions, we want discuss difficult topics within our comics. In addition, enlighten the youth to understanding how to deal with this situations.
And so, Stephanie and I started on the path to bring you apparel, but ended up bring you a beautiful story called School of Rejecks. We hope to share our interests, passion—and our individual creativity—through each Comic books with all of our fellow Rejecks!
I am different
Never one to be stuck in the books—I dazed off to another world. My imagination would carry me away but I was simultaneously fueled and inspired by the people around me. As a kid, I fueled my imagination by getting lost in cartoons, listening to my diverse collection of music, and watching every movie I possibly could. I was also inspired by creative visionaries such as Jim Henson, Rick Baker, M.C. Escher, Mr. Rogers, Steven Spielberg, Johnny Earle (Johnny Cupcakes), David Blaine and Tim Burton. I put my creativity to work by making obstacle courses for ants, fun houses for kids, and even homemade movies.
I began working for my family business at a young age and discovered my entrepreneurial spirit early on. I began selling cakes, candy, bracelets and empanadas and through this experience, I knew that I was meant to build and manage something distinctly my own. Moreover, my enthusiasm for the pursuit of new ideas never ceased.
My upbringing had its share of tough times and always kept that part of my life private—but these challenging experiences taught me the importance of perseverance and made me into a strong, hardworking, and humble individual. During my teens, bad energy tainted my life and compromised my path. I did not give in to the pressure, however, and had to believe that I always had another chance to change—to start again. Then one day, I took this opportunity and never looked back.
Starting School of Rejecks with Chad saved my life—it gave me an understanding of who I am and a chance to relive my youthful pastime of getting lost in my imagination and the creative process. Moreover, I am able to express myself as the person I have always wanted to be. Rejecks gave me the chance to share my life experiences as a kid/teenager with the world—and introduce you to Sarah Blaze!