Our story begins in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in 1982. John Lesavage was a fresh transplant from Scranton, Pennsylvania with an architectural drafting background and Dennis Line was barely a high school student living a mere 2 doors down. As a typical, impressionable teenager Dennis started lingering around the twenty-something Lesavage and his roomies...can't blame him who could resist the shiny loud muscle cars, the vinyl records blaring rock and roll (volume on 11), the cool posters on the walls. America in the 80's. These were good years. Soon Dennis was in art school, John married and ditched the roomies...things settled down a bit and the dialogue turned from Barracuda's, Trans Ams, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company to the local college art scene: critiquing Dennis' school design projects, drawings, paintings, photography: what worked and what didn't. Life went on, marriages, kids, migrations...but the two stayed in touch. They were a lot alike.
Flash forward a few decades. Torso Rags was born, and with a full production art studio and screen print shop...what was only talk, is now reality for Line and Lesavage...who conceive, design, illustrate, photograph and print in their studio located in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado. With two very differing styles that merge to create one catalog of award winning designs and hand printed apparel and art, it works.
Oh and the posters are still on the walls, and the rock and roll is still blaring on 11.
Stop by if you are in the area.