Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crawfish Cartoon Shirts

Crawfish Hot Tub Time cartoon shirt
Crawfish Hot Tub Time cartoon shirt
New Orleans Bourbon St Who Dat T Shirt-

Fig Street Studio : Cool Kids Clothes : My Grandpaw Rides A Hog

Comical cartoon for kids who have a grandpaw who rides motorbikes.
"Suck What?" Comical Crawfish cartoon on shirts-

" Suck What?" Crawfish Shirts

A few years back, maybe 9 now I designed a comical crawfish shirt with the words "Suck What?" and a funny crawfish. It sold like crazy back then and many copies of my design were made by others and sold on the web. I should have Trademak it then but have now, as I have used the phrase "Suck What?" on shirts with many other comical designs. I particularly like using the old style vintage posters but the Original "Suck What?" design still sells the most. Here are some below and you can click the image to order.
Remember I copyright all my designs and they cannot be duplicated without permission.

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Comical Crawfish Cartoons on SHirts

The original "Suck What?" and other crawfish cartoon designs by Fig Street Studio-

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Orleans Irish Water Meter Design for St. Patrick's Day shirt-

New Orleans Irish Who Dat Water Meter Shirts

Some of my New Orleans style shirts were removed as another group clams to own the rights to Who Dat, so any design with Who Dat or saying who dat was removed. If you are the first to record the use seems you get to stop anyone else from use? If you are interested in my art it is best to get things now before all use of all phrases are gone because people register them after years of public use then claim them. I am waiting for Big Easy, NOLA, and other phrases to be gone from public use when someone registers them. Look over all my designs, links below.

According to the encyclopedia on the web, "Wikipedia" at, "Who Dat" originated long before the Saints football team. In fact several high schools and universities used the cheer before the Saints did. Here is what Wikipedia says about the origins of "Who Dat".

"The first reference to "Who Dat?" can be found in the 19th Century in the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, first in his poem "When Malindy Sings" and later in his lyrics to the song "Who Dat Say Chicken in dis Crowd," a featured song in E.E. Rice's "Summer Nights," in a show called Clorindy: The Origin of the Cake Walk by Will Marion Cook.[2][3][4] A common tag line in the days of Negro minstrel shows was: "Who dat?" answered by "Who dat say who dat?" Many different blackfaced gags played off that opening. Vaudeville performer Mantan Moreland was known for the routine.[4] Another example is "Swing Wedding," a 1930s Harman-Ising cartoon musical, which caricatured Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ethel Waters, and the Mills Brothers as frogs in a swamp performing minstrel show jokes and jazz tunes. The frogs repeatedly used the phrase "who dat?"
In the swing era, "who dat" chants back and forth between the band and the band leader or between the audience and the band were extemporaneous. That is, there was no one specific set of words except for the two magic ones.
"Who Dat?" lyrics from 1937:
Who dat up there who’s dat down there
Who dat up there who dat well down there
Who’s dat up there, sayin’ who’s dat down there
When I see you up there well who’s dat down there Who dat inside who’s dat outside
Who’s dat inside who dat well outside
Who’s dat inside, singin’ who’s dat outside
When I see up there well who’s dat out there Button up your lip there big boy
Stop answerin’ back
Give you a tip there big boy
Announce yourself jack Who dat up there who’s dat down there
Who dat up there who dat, well down there
Who’s dat up there, singin’ who’s dat down there
When I see you up there you bum
Well who’s dat down there Who dat
Staged minstrel skits featured frightened African-American characters saying "who dat" when they encountered a ghost, or someone imitating a ghost. Then, the "who dat"-"who dat say who dat" skit would play itself out. This skit was done frequently in short reels from the 1930s to 1950s and in some early TV shows too. Even the Marx Brothers had a "who dat" routine, which they included in their film A Day at the Races.[4] Often, a ghost was called a "who dat". MGM's now-banned animated character Bosko once had such an encounter in a 1938 toon called "Lil Ol Bosko in Bagdad"."

To have a trademark one most show first use and in fact use and defend the trademark. If it is not first use and defended it is not valid.

The New York Times did a list of who has used "Who Dat", in songs and movies at
"In other words, Who Dat had developed a life that wasn’t attached to Hollywood or the Casino Roof Garden. (And all this should make the absurdity of the N.F.L.’s attempt to assert its copyright over the phrase abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already.) The first Lousiana football games it was chanted at seem to have been high school games. TheTimes-Picayune says that the credit has gone both to the Patterson Lumberjacks (“Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say they’re going to beat those ‘Jacks’ ”) and the Saint Augustine Purple Knights in New Orleans (“Who dat? Who dat? Who dat talk about beat St. Aug?”)

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Yet now we have another group claiming to own "Who Dat" and charging $500 plus 10% for its use. Even with a US Senator saying that they need to sue him to stop him from useing "Who Dat" on his shirts.

"U.S. Sen. David Vitter is taunting the latest group to claim ownership of the phrase "Who Dat," sending a letter that tells the company to drop its trademark lawsuit or meet him in court.

Vitter jumped into the fray over the popular Saints chant by sending two of his T-shirts to the owners of the company, "Who Dat? Inc." The T-shirts, printed earlier this year when the NFL asked shop owners to stop selling Who Dat merchandise, say "Who Dat say we can't print Who Dat! © TM 2010 David Vitter (just kidding)"

"You're kidding, right? Claiming you own the legal rights to the term 'Who Dat'?" Vitter wrote in his letter to the company."

With all of the threats of lawsuits most of us avoid using Who Dat but here are a few shirts.

Basic T-Shirt shirt
Basic T-Shirt by whodatnation
Shop Zazzle for another tshirt . zazzle

And some with other phrases.

Many more Irish shirts on my web pages.

How to read this Blog

I post info about my art, graphic designs, almost daily. On the right is a chronological list of those designs I post but I have a lot more on my web pages.

1. Fig Street Studio at Cafe Press

2. Fig Street Studio at Zazzle

3. Fig Street Studio Home Page

Pontchartrain Beach Life Guard shirt
Pontchartrain Beach Life Guard by figstreetstudio
Many t shirt designs available at zazzle

Washout Fleur De Lis shirts in many colors

Washout Fleur De Lis shirts in many colors-

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Mountain Oyster Festival Shirts-

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Delft Blue, Dutch Boy and Cat Custom Invites
Peace Love Okra on a shirt, #Okra #nola

Water Meter Lid In Red and Blue

New Orleans Water Meter Lid Magnet in red and blue-
Warning: New followers careful of the bug, "This You? sent via D M, it is a phishing site.

Where Yat, Who Dat, Irish Water Meter Lid Shirt

Where Yat, Who Dat, Irish Water Meter Lid Shirt- #nola #whodat #Irish
The Water Meter Lids, Un-Official Symbol of New Orleans- #nola #symbols #watermeter
New Orleans Water Meter Lid on shirts and more- #nola #frenchquarter #symbols
New Orleans Water Meter on shirts-

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Old Style Pelicans Baseball Poster, #nola #baseball

Old New Orleans Pelicans Baseball Poster

Growing up in New Orleans was fun. We had a minor league team then like the Zephyrs today. As a small child my Uncle Joe would take me to game at the stadium on Tulane and Carrolton Ave. I remember a few things from back then, but a game and eating fried chicken at Jim's are really good memories. This poster I created, it isn't a real old thing just one I designed and executed to remember those good old days. It is copyrighted by me to avoid those people who think if it is on the web I can copy it and sell it, which they cannot do.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Comical crawfish cartoons on many shirts, 'Suck What?"-

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Original Fleur De Lid, Water Meter Cover Shirt

The Original Fleur De Lid, Water Meter Cover Shirt-

One of the biggest design elements I have used over the past 18 years or more has been the rusty old water meter lid found in New Orleans. For years growing up it sat content in my front yard, then people began to steal them and we had to get ones that locked. So all of us artists began using it in designs and products basically to give people something to take without leaving a hole in our front yards. I have many different style designs I sell on shirts, magnets, stickers, but this one I like, The Fleur De Lid, or Water Meter Lid in shape of a fleur de lis.

Who Dat Nation Water Meter Lid

New Orleans Who Dat Nation Water Meter Lid on shirt-
Water Meter Cover, Fleur De Lid Shirt-

King Fish Blue Fest 2010

King Fish Blue Fest 2010
Jazz Fest best one yet, blog info about posters,
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Le Chat Noir Who Dat Poster

I enjoy taking old themes and making them into something new. To celebrate the New Orleans Saints victory I did a Le Chat Noir poster and also put it on shirts. The design is unique yet familiar to people and has been selling as a poster and shirt all over the USA.

When I do designs I like to do something different than the rest, like my Cajun French Who Dat shirt and my Who Dat in Blue Letter Street tiles. New Orleans is famous for its tiles in the sidewalk that spell out the street names so i did a shirt with Who Dat too.

All of those unique Who Dat shirts sold well after the Saints won and the good part is it exposed more people to my art on the web.

This Defend Who Dat got a lot of talk but few sales but of all I have seen it is the most unique.

Defend Who Dat print
Defend Who Dat by figstreetstudio
More Defend Posters
Gold Fleur de Lis, DEAUX DAT shirt
Gold Fleur de Lis, DEAUX DAT by figstreetstudio
Browse Zazzle for a different t shirt Zazzle

With all the letters going out from those guys in Texas Zazzle removed several of my designs so I am making more, just go to the web page and follow "Dat" and find the new shirts.