History Repeats Itself


The history of the T shirt is pretty darn interesting.  Beginning as an under garment used to keep warm, made of wool, and coveted during WWI as a survival tool. WWII and the Korean war needs brought the T shirt into cotton and was distributed to everyone in the military.  

Spreading over into mainstream, popularization of the T shirt was inevitable.  Remember the 1950's pics of the cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve on the arm of the pompadour guy sporting cuffs on his jeans as well.  Yes, the T shirt had arrived.

Then came the protesters of the Vietnam war and the T shirt took on a life of it's own.  What better medium could there possibly be to spread a message that the Vietnam war was wrong.  Signs were heavy, cumbersome, and logistics proved challenging.  Shelf life - one week.  Print adds are simply expensive and not supportive of the "bigger gov't agenda". But T shirts were the perfect opportunity.  The body became the conveyor of social commentary.  (Mainstream media exposed itself during the same time as something to be controlled- but I digress.)The tobacco companies took the idea of advertising and ran with the notion of messages on T shirts for profit.  

T shirts became the new medium for media.  The price point, flexibility for everything from distribution to purchase, to popularity - especially attractive was the ability to produce them for any need.  People literally wore messages. How great was that!? 

Today continues the tradition of wearing the messages.  From tie-dyes to solids, the T shirt is the most commonly worn articles - globally.  

We're jumping on this tool for several reasons:

  • portability
  • attractability
  • message views
  • our mission
  • and because we can.

Welcome the T shirt to step back in time and carry the message of yesterday that repeats itself today.  We are spreading the messages that resonate once again in the hearts of everyday people in a format that speaks volumes. 


Posted on August 1, 2015 .

Hobo Code Get's More Air!

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How cool is this: we get back from a road show - absolutely buzzing from the potential of our endeavors. We find that the stories of hobo code resonate through the generations - young, old, and in between. The general overall buzz is that the story is worthy of the attention and interest.

We sold porch flags sets, patches, Tshirts, decals and more. We heard stories, shared stories, and found connections on so many levels. Most common was the appreciation for Americana history and the notion of unique communicate with etched, sketched, or chalked symbols.

We see something here. We also feel the fabulous pulse of tribal resonance which has become the ignition for what appears to be a form of perpetual messages system.  (I'll write more on that later.)

Needless to say, we've tapped into something that is reaching into the hearts and minds of many.  Stay tuned for more - following the hobo code trend is going to be fun! 





Posted on September 1, 2014 .

Jack Kerouac

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Introducing another hobo of the week, Jack Kerouac. Kerouac is a well-known American poet and novelist, not to mention pioneer of the beats generation. During his life, Kerouac wrote multiple pieces about his travels during the 1940's. These works included two fascinating books, On The Road, published in 1951 and The Lonesome Traveler published in 1960. Kerouac spent time riding the rails from coast to coast working as a breakman and fire lookout.

Politically Kerouac’s writing and lifestyle experiences separated him from the herd. Kerouac was accepting of the hippie movement and found himself with enemies on both sides of the political spectrum.

Throughout his life, Kerouac spent much of his time riding the rails, traveling, and meeting many like-minded individuals to pack his experience portfolio. In his adventures, he mentions the changes in the hobo existence as detailed in his essay The Vanishing American Hobo. Kerouac is our Hobo of the week because he not only wrote about the American hobo, he also experienced the lifestyle himself.

#Kerouac #lonesometraveler

Posted on August 8, 2014 .

Boxcar Willie

 Boxcar Willie With A Classic Pose

 Boxcar Willie With A Classic Pose

Lecil Martin, aka Boxcar Willie, is known for his "old-time hobo" style county music and hobo persona. His main stream music career spanned from the late 70s to mid 80s and he belted out well-known songs such as Boxcar Willie, Bad News and The Man I Used To Be.

Though Willie himself never lived the hobo lifestyle, he fashioned himself after one. Willie created his persona when he was waiting for a train. As it passed by, he noticed a man who closely resembled his chief boom operator Willie Wilson. This sighting inspired Willie to write the song "Boxcar Willie" and create the persona.

So why is Boxcar Willie our hobo of the week? Simply because he is "America's Favorite Hobo". Though he was not a hobo himself he was America's favorite so he is one of our hobo of the week.

Posted on August 8, 2014 .

Hobert’s Shout Out To John Waters – our hobo of the week

John Waters a unique character best known for his work as a director and among other things is also a writer and actor. To simply call this man a triple threat would be an insult. Mr. Waters has more layers to him than a Drag Queen’s make-up.

You may be wondering how the writer and director of the landmark films Hairspray and Cry Baby is also recognized as a hobo – so did we. It turns out that Waters embarked on his own hobo journey in 2012 and based upon his experiences, wrote a book called Carsick.

His adventure started when Waters left his Baltimore home and hitchhiked across the country to his home in San Francisco. In his typical off-color humor, he called his adventure “my hobo-homo journey.”

Since Waters wants to identify as a hobo, we will gladly accept him as one of our recognized hobo peeps. For more information on John Waters and his hobo style check out our Facebook and Instagram (@imhobocode) pages. Watch our social channels for a quote from Carsick and a John Waters question.  Now, go forth and live your own story ~ Hobert

#carsick #johnwaters #hobostyle #hobolife #hobocode #mymindsblown #hobohomo #creepymustache #hobooftheweek #hobertism

Posted on July 18, 2014 .