Michael Ives Studios Launches New Tongue-Planted-Firmly-in-Cheek Website

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In this age of political correctness, Michael Ives’ new website is a breath of fresh air, thumbing its nose at the conventional art world.

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One day I was in a store that handled ‘Custer’s Last T-shirt’ and in came a group of local Native American Indians. They bought every one of those T-shirts! As they left the store, I heard one of them snicker,

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Michael Ives Studios introduces the new website http://www.cafepress.com/ivesart and already it's raising a stir with its creative line of designs: 'Custer's Last What!?' First and foremost is its 'Custer’s Last T-shirt', one in a series of products the likes of which make most everyone laugh. Arrows puncture everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs, mouse-pads to barbecue aprons -- even 'Custer’s Last Spaghetti Tank Top.'

Creative artist Michael Ives says, “Years ago I began selling the 'Custer’s Last T-shirt' through a small vendor in the Southwest. I remember the owner of the company wringing his hands, not sure if he wanted to do it because of a possible controversy, but it was a best seller from the beginning. Now with the ability to dovetail this and many of my other images with the CafePress Company, http://www.CafePress.com, I am able to launch this and other fun commercial product lines I wasn’t able or willing to do on my own.”

“Ninety-nine out of a hundred people laugh when they see the 'Custer’s Last T-shirt' and want one. But there’s always that one person who is just a little miffed. That reaction is the ‘Art’ for me and one of the main reasons this design is such a success.”

“One day I was in a store that handled ‘Custer’s Last T-shirt’ and in came a group of local Native American Indians. They bought every one of those T-shirts! As they left the store, I heard one of them snicker, “We got that guy good!”

Ives attributes the reason his design has had an avalanche of sales and positive response, “To take pleasure in seeing the mighty and pompous fall is a wonderful and natural aspect of human nature.”

But Ives’ new website, http://www.cafepress.com/ivesart, isn’t just a one trick pony. It’s rich with beautiful paintings of the Southwest, Hawaii, the Caribbean and imaginative designs for kids, pets and a ‘Just for Fun’ section, sporting an image of The Devil and a Guardian Angel duking it out in the ring with the caption: “Who’s Gonna’ Win?”

About Michael Ives

Raised in the small town of Perrysburg, Ohio, Michael Ives moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1970 where he currently lives and works. Expelled from Catholic School for being a ‘Wise-acre’ and receiving a D- in the only art class he ever took, Ives is comfortable wearing the mantle of ‘Outsider’. Now at age 59, Ives says, “This new online store, http://www.cafepress.com/ivesart, and my independent website, http://www.ivesart.com, reflect my enjoyment of life and my art and doing things my own way. I insist on giving each customer the ‘Value Added’ aspect of any successful business relationship. That is, give them not only what they expect but something more, something unexpected and fun. Whether they’re collectors of my fine art or perhaps just a mouse-pad, it's very important to me that they walk out the door of my studio saying: "Wow! That was a lot of fun!”

To learn more about Michael Ives and his art, visit http://www.ivesart.com and http://www.cafepress.com/ivesart.

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Michael Ives

email: ivesart @ aol.com

Studio: (520) 622-6451

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