OK, full disclosure right off the bat: I’ve been a big fan of artist David Uhl since I first met him nearly 20 years ago when he started painting Harley-Davidson-inspired images. I still kick myself to this day for not jumping at the chance to buy one of his limited-edition giclées of “Ruby,” one of David’s most recognizable works of motorcycle art, at the opening price, because now all editions are sold out and have skyrocketed in value. I do own three of his other pieces, paintings that inspire me.
For the last few years, David has been working on designing his own line of apparel, including T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, and moisture-wicking neck gators (like the ones contestants wear on TV’s “Survivor,” called a buff). Here are the two T-shirts I received to try out and see how they feel and fit.
These T-shirts are works of art. David Uhl and his team artfully created each one of these designs and applied them to 100-percent cotton tees that are the softest of cottons. These are boutique-style tees adorned with eco-friendly ink. Everything is made in the United States, with prices reflecting all of that high quality. But you can’t think of these as your average T-shirts. They are designer tees with a fit that flatters (don’t I look good in the shirts!) and high-end craftsmanship from the collection of a notable motorcycle artist.
I washed the shirts in cold water, turning them inside out, and they maintained their integrity. There are no annoying labels on the neck; rather, the washing instructions are screened into the inside of the shirt. I opted to hang-dry them instead of putting them in the dryer on low as instructed. I then took a warm iron to the insides, flattening out the wrinkles.
The long tee is $64, the short-sleeved shirt is $60, and the head/neckwear is $24.99. These are the higher end shirts. There are some that start around $20. You can browse and buy online at UhlWorks.com. Check out David Uhl’s entire line of work at UhlStudios.com.