Friday, December 18, 2009

Clothes Whores: 'Ricardo Runs' tees by Trick Pony Studio

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Ricardo Runs tee, $3 at Scott Fitness, 2020 Washington
  • Ricardo Runs tee, $3 at Scott Fitness, 2020 Washington

Clothes Whores: Enthusiastically examining Kansas City's sartorial shenanigans

A million years ago (or in 2005, which is the same thing), I wrote about a "precious snowflake" of a guy named Ricardo Mejia. Back then, he was showing off his muscular legs beneath cheerleading skirts while dancing enthusiastically at the Hurricane, earning the role as the bar's unofficial mascot.


Mejia has since relocated his act to the Record Bar, where he's captured the hearts of some new fans: Colin Walsh and Brian Stokes of the up-and-coming graphic design firm Trick Pony Studio.

Walsh, 30, and Stokes, 35, met four years ago as designers at Hallmark, where they often talked about creating t-shirts together. Mejia made an easy muse for a debut shirt, according to Walsh, who, like Mejia, has a gym membership at Scott Fitness.

"I've seen Ricardo around town for the last couple of years ... dancing in tiny shorts," Walsh writes via e-mail. "I was recently introduced to him by (Scott Fitness co-owner) John Scott and took a bunch of goofy photos and video. He's super rad and has become a Kansas City icon."


Scott sponsors Mejia's running, paying his entry fees for local races and marathons. Walsh, who has also been doing freelance design work for Scott Fitness this year, created the T-shirt design from photos he took of Mejia. The shirts are a bargain -- $3, paid in an on-your-honor fashion via a bag hanging on the T-shirt rack -- at the gym's third location at 2020 Washington. The proceeds from the shirt will go towards further supporting Mejia's runs.

click to enlarge Another Ricardo Runs design by Trick Pony Studio
  • Another Ricardo Runs design by Trick Pony Studio

Mejia not only knows about the shirts made in his honor, Walsh says, he owns three or four himself.

"My girlfriend's band, Softee, had Ricardo dance on stage a few months ago while wearing his shirt and people loved it," Walsh writes. "How could you not love that face and body?"

Whoa.

 Walsh says he plans to further encourage Mejia's local-icon status by plastering his image around town on stickers and posters. Even more designs will be available through Trick Pony Studio's Etsy site in the coming weeks, according to Walsh.

With Trick Pony Studio, Walsh and Stokes plan to create non-Ricardo-related tees, posters, prints,

wallpaper and even furniture, in addition to turning out original work for

clients as a full-service graphic design firm.

You can get your own Ricardo Runs tee at Scott Fitness 3.0, or by e-mailing Walsh.

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