I don’t need a whole lot.  A simple life is good with me, as long as it is filled with good friends and great adventures.

As a kid, my mom worked very hard to support us, printing t-shirts at our local sporting goods store.  She would bring my sister and I there while she worked.  I remember the piles of t-shirts, the heat of the dryer, ink everywhere.  I loved it.  It was such a creative environment; full of hard work, possibilities and t-shirts. So many t-shirts.

To this day, I am still a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.  It’s about feeling good in what you are wearing.  It’s about expressing yourself without saying a word.  It’s about living simply and enjoying life. No fuss.  Easy and stylish.  A t-shirt is what you make of it.

After spending over ten years designing graphics for major companies, I realized that I could create my own t-shirts for people like me.  People who don’t want to spend much time fixing themselves up but still want to embrace fashion and self-expression.  The wild adventurers, the soul searchers, the passionate artists, the beautiful rebels.  Thus, Hell and High Water was born.

Hell and High Water provides effortlessly cool people with a means of expressing who they are while banding together to help those who are going through a rough time.

For every custom made Hell and High Water shirt you buy, I am overjoyed to be donating a portion  towards a pediatric art therapy program for children coping with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment.

In a very fundamental way, creative work is tied to our sense of being vital, alive and healthy. Physical illness brings suffering not only in the body, but also in the mind and spirit. Undergoing medical tests and procedures can be dehumanizing, especially for children, who may not be able to understand the healing intent behind the scans, needles and medicines.

Art Therapy allows young patients to do creative work within the limitations imposed by their illness, restoring a sense of self and wholeness. Getting well is hard work, and recovery may take a long time. Experiencing oneself as a creator within the treatment setting changes how young patients see themselves: they become active partners in the work of getting well, not just passive patients who can only take medicine and wait.”

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Theresa LaVelle