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Owner and artist, Greg Thornton, has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. His mother, Grace Clayton, soon recognized Greg's talent. Because Greg grew up in a household of limited means, art classes and high-end art supplies were not available, so Ms. Clayton encouraged Greg to practice his drawing skills by mimicking the comic strips in the newspaper each day. In the past decade, Greg has had several successful art shows at places such as Café Ladro and Bud's Jazz Records in Seattle. And has had success selling functional art such as drink coasters and greeting cards at street markets and in local businesses that promote local artists, such as Frank & Dunya in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Like many artists, Greg has worked in the restaurant industry for years. Greg has honed his customer services and multi-tasking skills in that arena and is now able to apply those skills in his own business, Black Iconic T-Shirts. Running his own business that involves art and Black history is a dream come true. In forming Black Iconic T-shirts, Greg created pieces of artwork of Black iconic figures that are important to Black history. Greg then created a street motif "Hello My Name Is" name tag for each person. The tag for each person starts with "Hello my name is . . . " and then provides information about the historical figure, such as his or her birth name, date and place of birth, date of death (if deceased), and a few sentences about the person's "claim to fame." Black Iconic T-shirts sells custom-made t-shirts with the image of the person on the front of the t-shirt and the name tag on the back of the t-shirt. Greg simply hopes that you enjoy the artwork and are inspired enough by the historical information that you delve deeper into these and other individual¿s lives and accomplishments. Oh, and he hopes you also buy some t-shirts!