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  1. Hey, all. I have a short story to share with you. In the fall/winter of 1999, I was a 15-year-old high school freshman. I've always liked bright, shiny colors (to the extent that, even as a heterosexual male, I thought Lisa Frank school supplies were really cool), but there was a definite trend in the late 90s and early 00s toward dark colors like navy and black. The one exception to that rule seemed to be metallic colors, which were commonly pretty bold (the exact opposite of the matte trend of today). Anyway, in the 1999 JC Penney Christmas Catalog, there were Puma NFL jackets and hats in metallic colors. They were not team-specific, just having the NFL shield on the front and back and the numbers "00" on the arms. The jackets were available in gold, silver, copper, and ice blue; you could get a matching hat for all but copper. I really liked the copper color so I asked for that, and it was my main Christmas present that year. I was a little disappointed I hadn't gotten one that had a hat to match it, but I'm not a hat person anyway, on account of having a huge head and lots of hair. 16+ years after the fact, I still have that jacket. It has held up very, very well aside from a tear in one of the pockets, and still looks almost new (albeit horribly out of style). It's one of the warmest jackets I've ever had, and I still sometimes wear it during the winter. It's a very bright metallic copper with matte copper buttons and matte copper-and-black striped collar and cuffs. I don't have a picture at the moment (I have one on my Facebook account but am on a public computer at the moment and don't want to log in; I can post it this afternoon once I get home and can use my laptop), but that's kind of the point: I have been unable to find any pictures online of ANY other jackets of that style---not just copper, but any of the colors they offered. I'm guessing they didn't sell super well, but I figured if anyone would remember them it would be you guys. So I'm asking a question: did/do any of you guys have one of those jackets too? If not, do you remember someone who did, or remember seeing them in the catalog? Do any of you happen to have the 1999 JC Penney Christmas catalog or know where I can find a scan of one? I really like my jacket and think it would be cool get some proof that I'm not the only person in the history of Earth to own one. Thanks in advance, and if this belongs in the requests section, please let me know and I'll move it there.
  2. Hi guys! Back in late 2005 / early 2006 (I can't remember exactly when) I sketched out an idea for what the Hartford Whalers logo would look like if it was updated at the time. Here is the sketch: Now, I was really proud of it when I finished because I thought it looked really cool and badass and aggressive (making the logo more aggressive actually being one of the goals of the 1992 redesign) but for some reason I threw the sketch in a box and pretty much forgot about it for almost 10 years. I recently found the sketch and decided to make a finished vector art version of it. Here it is, with embellishments inspired by the 1992 redesign: Now, since I did the original sketch in late 2005 / early 2006, I figured the year this logo would have debuted on team jerseys and merchandise would have been 2007, especially since design officially looks vintage 15 years after it was created, and the last time the Whalers logo was redesigned was 1992, so 2007 is pretty much the sweet spot time period for when the Whalers could have gotten a logo and uniform overhaul if the team still existed. Anyway, let me know what you guys think about this redesigned logo. See if you can guess what my influences were / what I had in mind when I sketched it out. I'd also love to hear what the sketch and finished logos remind you of. It would be really cool to know if my stylistic choices for this redesign came through or not. Maybe they are too obvious? My designs are definitely NOT known for their subtlety so I'd be shocked if nobody guesses correctly, lol.