My good friend Ray emailed me way back in the day and said this guy Tom was moving back to Cincinnati and I should hang out with him. He liked music as much as I did and was apparently quite the character.

So I met up with him at Scotti’s Italian Restaurant downtown and we hit it off grand. Of course we talked about music, but also how album covers and t-shirts inspired us to go into design.

We became good friends and became tight. Eventually he’d fall in love with my dear friend Wendy and they’d get hitched.

At some point, Tom and I found ourselves tinkering with screen printing, just for giggles. Eventually we enjoyed it more than our other work so we banded with Wendy and formed Wire & Twine — our company that made things to celebrate whatever crossed our minds.

We’ve been through lots and I consider Tom and Wendy family.