New Orleans Irish Channel Thursday, Feb 18 2010 

New Orleans Irish Channel Kiss Me Cartoon Head- http://ow.ly/17fSd

Settled largely by immigrants from Ireland in the early 19th century, no one is certain where the name ” Irish Channel” originated. Many people of other ethnicities, including German, Italian, and African American, living nearby each other make the New Orleans neighborhood diverse. Yet on St.Patrick’s Day all become Irish again.

I created a cartoon man I call Tuba Head as at first he carried a tuba on his head in fun of the name called tuba players in marching bands. I had him visit New Orleans favorite spots and dressed him up is New Orleans style clothing. Here he has an Irish Hat on for the festivities in the New Orleans Irish Channel. Minus his trademark tuba.

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The Blue Crawfish Friday, Feb 12 2010 

The big storm displaced plenty people from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Some too far away from when the Saints finally won the Super Bowl. To honor those people who still love our swampy land but are too far away to enjoy all that it offers I created the “Blue Crawfish”. I hope that it displays the feelings of all who are displaced but still carry the love of our area in their hearts.

I have this and many other designs at my Cafe Press and Zazzle Shops on the web.

1. Zazzle- http://www.zazzle.com/blue_tiles_crawfish_magnet-147316708701913162

2. Cafe Press- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio.432134243

New Orleans Blue Letter Street Tiles Friday, Feb 12 2010 

WHO DAT Tiles Fleur bumpersticker
WHO DAT Tiles Fleur by figstreetstudio
New Orleans Blue Letter Street Tile Designs

For years one of my favorite design elements has been the famous New Orleans Blue Letter Street tiles. I have duplicated the tiles and effect on many shirts and gift items. Lately with ” Who Dat” being a favorite phrase I did new designs for shirts. The Blue Letter Street Tile designs are a  local favorite. Take a look here- http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio/tiles+gifts?pg=2#products And look at the names, streets, and phrases I do in the tile designs.

I sometime ago wrote a history of how the tiles began in this blog at- https://bingoman.wordpress.com/2007/06/26/new-orleans-street-tiles/

Fig Street Studio has sold art and shirts on the web since 1997. I first used those design elements using a homemade silk screen in college in the ’60’s but since I retired in 1997 I began doing a lot more art and using the more modern computer method for graphic art. All my designs are copyrighted and cannot be downloaded or used without permission. Several times I found crafters using my art on their products and had to stop them. I do designs on commission when asked. Have your name made into a Spanish Tile Mural or New Orleans Street Tiles just e-mail info@figstreet.com for details.

Qui Que, Cajun French for Who Dat! Who Owns “Who Dat”? Friday, Feb 12 2010 

With all the big fuss  in January 2010 with the NFL over who can use “Who Dat” and a fleur de lis on shirts I made a design using Cajun French, “Qui Que” on shirts with a fleur de lis.  Initially the NFL stopped me selling them until the Senator wrote them a long letter and the Governor asked the AG to research the issue. Then the NFL backed off. I was floored as clearly a phrase I made up in bad French could not be a NFL trademark, but initially they claimed any black shirt with a fleur de lis until they were stopped by all the stuff the Sate was about to do, including passing a law over the issue.

How could they own the Fleur De Lis? So I went ahead and copyrighted my Cajun French Who Dat, Qui Que, made a bunch of designs and yes they sell all over the world.
See the newest design here- http://www.zazzle.com/cajun_qui_que_tshirt-235290796494586910

Who owns ‘WHO DAT!”  ????
To continue this “Who Dat” who owns the rights to what dat, a law firm in San Antonio TX now sends out letters claiming another group owns “Who Dat” and has tried to stop the use of any shirt that in any way has anything to do with the phrase.  Seems they think when a common use phrase is registered it is removed fully from the public lexicon. I copyrighted “Que Qui” not to stop others but to stop law firms from sending out nasty letters. I assume as the NFL backed off saying they own the Fleur De Lis this law firm will eventually stop sending those letters out too.
PS- Well seems the Texas Law  firm is sending out a bunch of letters, read this blog too-http://blog.wearyourstory.com/new-orleans/san-antonio-brothers-threaten-to-sue-storyville-claim-to-own-who-dat/ They too received a nasty letter about use of “Who Dat”. And started a campaign to defend ‘Who Dat”
PSS- All over New Orleans again people are up in arms over the two guys in Texas having a law firm send out letters to locals using the phrase “Who Dat”. The local news has carried stories about it and local shops are mounting a ribbon protest to wear to the Monday Night football game. So far all I can do is offer my designs with just a Fleur De Lis but Zazzle allows you to customize on the web so you can add whatever phrase you want, any number, any name to the shirts. I had to remove some because of the claims by others to own the fleu de lis and  the phrases we cheer with. So follow this link, add in whatever you like and Zazzle with print it and ship it direct to you.
Fig Street Studio designs logos. Zazzle custom apparel is created using the latest and most advanced technologies to give you the most complete custom apparel offering on the web! Choose from three different apparel processes, digital printing for small orders with unlimited colors, screen printing for the group t-shirts as low as $2.99/shirt, or custom embroidery for a professional garment with your logo artwork. Zazzle has over 400 styles and colors (including American Apparel), and shirts up to 6XL. If you need  a logo or shirt design e-mail jerry@figstreet.com.
HOW  TO CUSTOMIZE AT ZAZZLE:
Simple click on the yellow customize button and follow the edit text link, type in your changes to add text. Get familiar with it a minute and then you can add most anything to the fleur de lis. Here is a helpful link-http://zazzle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/120

This link is to the lawsuit being held in Baton Rouge, LA over use of “Who Dat”- http://ht.ly/2G8bc

Seems the Texas group was sued locally for sending out the letters and now are defending what they are doing. A resolution to the issue may be on its way from Federal Court in Baton Rouge.