Yes We Chan Rises

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Hello everyone, especially you BillsMafia. I suppose this is a good time for one of my biannual blog posts.

Last fall I unveiled the “Yes We Chan” stickers, a collaborative effort by myself and Tory Novikova, who did a magnificent job illustrating Bills head coach Chan Gailey. Now, a modified version of the design is available for purchase as a t-shirt at Store716.com, the guys who brought us the “Fitzmagic” and “FredEx” shirts that took Buffalo by storm last season. Already, the design has caught on in the social media world (#YesWeChan), perhaps most notably Stevie Johnson showing it off via Instagram. And according to WGR550, Fred Jackson was wearing his after practice today… which is awesome.

So make sure you’re well-dressed for September 9th. Go Bills.

Yes We Chan

Yes We Chan stickers

Can I get a Fitz Scream? I’m going to start out this entry by saying that I thought that the Bills would be lucky to reach 8-8 this season. If they finish with that record… I will be among the many in sheer and utter disappointment (to put it very lightly).

But enough with that kind of thinking. The Buffalo Bills are looking great so far and it’s been a crazy good time watching their games. You would have to be the owner from The Natural not to cheer for Fitzpatrick & Co. And what is there to say about Coach Chan Gailey? To my mind, he’s the perfect fit to lead this group of cast-offs and afterthoughts. I would say, “YES WE CHAN.”

The stickers are roughly 3×4 inches and the rendering of Chan on the sticker was brilliantly fine-tuned by the oh-so-talented illustrator Tory Novikova. “Yes We Chan” stickers can be now be purchased on my Etsy shop as well as at Kelly’s Sports Bar NYC, on Avenue A between Houston St. and 2nd St. here in New York City (map). You can also send me an e-mail if you prefer: mjk716@gmail.com.

Let’s try to get these stickers plastered from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Rainbow Bridge, because really, no one… circles the wagons… like the Buffalo Bills.

It’s (716) teee-shiiirrrtt tiiiiiimmmmeee!

Hello everyone! Its t-shirt time!

Welcome to “FORZAmilo,” a blog covering the latest and most exciting design-related activities of me, Milo Kowalski. Who cares, right? Well, hopefully you.

Anyone who knows me at all is well aware that I am a very loud and proud native of Buffalo, NY, as are the majority of my hometown friends. After high school I came to New York City (Brooklyn) for college but like the other countless 20-somethings who have migrated elsewhere for educational or career reasons I still proclaim to the world that the 716 area code is home.

As a graphic designer I thought for a long while that it would be a fun project to create an emblem of sorts for Western New York. Sure, people identify with the Bills’ streaking buffalo logo, the Sabres’ magnificent crest (good riddance, Buffaslug), and just about anything with else with a bison on it, but I wanted something that would be both bold and regionally broad.

716 design evolution

Eventually my idea made it from my head to a piece of paper, from that piece of paper to a computer screen, and finally, when I had saved some cash on the side, from the screen to cotton.

And so I present to all you Buffalove-ers the “716” t-shirt, an original design by yours truly.yes, that's me

Starting this week, these shirts will be on sale at 2 exclusive locations, one in Buffalo and one here in New York City. In Buffalo, 716 tees will be available for purchase at the “Rolling Joe Cafe,” a mobile coffee and pastry shop owned and operated by Rich Spears. Since it began earlier this year, the cafe has received some great press including this review at buffalorising.com. Rich will be stationed many nights this summer by Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park for “Shakespeare in the Park.” (And might I add, it is a fantastic way to spend a warm night in North Buffalo.)

For Western New York expatriates living downstate, the t-shirts can be found at Kelly’s Sports Bar on Avenue A between Houston St. and E. 2nd St. on the Lower East Side. I first discovered Kelly’s last October when a friend from home came to visit New York for the weekend. We were looking for a Buffalo-backers bar to watch the Sabres’ season opener and figured we would give it a try—the drinks were cheap (Labatts!), the bartenders were great, and the game-night atmosphere made me feel I was going to walk out onto Allen St. afterward. I was on hand at Kelly’s the night Buffalo clinched their playoff berth against Philadelphia (this game, in case you forgot). I ran into five people I knew from home that night (4 of which went to the same elementary school as me) and I couldn’t get enough of it. Kelly’s is also one of the only sports bars I know of in New York City that has a bubble hockey table, which earns them big bonus points in my book.

And so begins the FORZAmilo blog. Be sure to check in soon to see new updates as they come and make sure you’re all well-dressed for the upcoming NHL and NFL (maybe?) seasons this fall.