On the time, the class 5 cyclone was the strongest storm the state had seen for the reason that early Thirties. It hit southern Miami-Dade County the toughest, damaging greater than 100,000 properties, together with the childhood properties of Rodriguez and Nick Katz, Andrew cofounder and proprietor of Lot 11 Skatepark.
Katz, 32, was solely two years outdated when Andrew struck his residence in Cutler Ridge.
“It’s an occasion that shall be honored in your family without end as a result of whether or not it was a grandparent, mum or dad, or neighbor, anyone was there,” Katz says. “And to have this bizarre catastrophe have such a various assortment of merchandise connected to it actually reveals Miami’s ingenuity.”
Rodriguez, a contract artwork director and avid second-hand clothes aficionado, initially observed a standard thread of Hurricane Andrew graphic T-shirts all through native thrift shops in 2015.
“The phrases ‘I survived’ are on most of those shirts, so it’s a commemoration to this occasion, but additionally to the shirts themselves, which have survived 30 years of being round,” Rodriguez tells New Occasions. “Why not have a good time their existence?”
The double entendre provoked him to show his area of interest obsession right into a shirt exhibition, picture e book, and clothes sale. It additionally reps his skate model Andrew. The gathering, titled I Survived, was launched final month through Dale Zine. The 92-page picture e book, shot by native photographer Julian Cousins, shows every shirt’s distinctive visuals and features a foreword by Bryan Norcross, the famend meteorologist and hurricane specialist. His 23-hour broadcast throughout the catastrophe was the one one to stay on air.
Katz and his brothers had been evacuated to his grandmother’s residence in Westchester throughout the storm. When his household returned residence just a few days later, his dad and mom barely acknowledged their home.
“The entire contents had been sucked out like an industrial vacuum cleaner had simply pulled the whole lot out,” Katz says. “My home was gone. The roof had been fully ripped off.”
Catastrophe reduction organizations typically created the “I survived” shirts to fundraise for households impacted by the storm. Rodriguez reckons that others bought faux or off-brand designs to make a fast buck.
“Who is aware of the place the homeowners are? They’ve in all probability made lots of. A few of them are clearly from legit organizations,” says Rodriguez, pointing to the American Purple Cross and Goodwill as examples. “Then there’s rather a lot that in all probability have extra doubtful origins, with the identical graphics and slight tweaks.”
Presently, a few of these classic T-shirts might be discovered on websites like eBay at costs starting from $15 to $70. Andrew’s curated shirts vary from round $40 to $100 apiece. Costs depend upon the standard and rarity of every design, Rodriguez notes.
He believes every T-shirt is value extra when grouped as a group than if seen as particular person shirts at a thrift retailer.
“To see all of them collectively, individuals are extra keen to hunt them,” Rodriguez suggests. “It will drive the worth degree up, assured.”
The gathering additionally contains merchandise collected by Miami-based classic clothes shops the Knowledge Base, Yesterday, and Lottery Classic.
Whereas Andrew sells different skate manufacturers on the store, that is its first venture which options garments that are not its personal designs. Rodriguez hopes the gathering will inform skaters concerning the metropolis’s typically missed previous.
“The storm actually fucked up town, so we’re making an attempt to honor these little corners of Miami, a metropolis that has a historical past of forgetting its historical past,” Rodriguez emphasizes.
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