Vagrant Records co-founder Rich Egan was watching footage of the deadly wildfires tearing through Southern California last week and decided he needed to do something.
The SoCal native and co-owner of Nashville’s Hard 8/Working Group management firm (Billie Eilish, Brantley Gilbert) who put out the “I Believe in Heroism” shirt earlier this year as a fundraiser for the victims of the Nashville Waffle House shooting is back with an “I Believe in California” shirt and poster combo. The effort will raise funds for those whose homes have been destroyed by the raging fires that have claimed 31 lives so far, destroyed more than 6,700 structures and forced the evacuation of 250,000.
“Punk rock has taught me a lot. Mainly, you don’t wait for other people to do things for you,” wrote Egan — who grew up surfing in Malibu — in a statement about his fundraiser. “You do it. I also learned that if you wanted to make a statement about what you stand for put it on a shirt. It’s simple, powerful and to the point.” The shirts feature the image of a bear over the state of California and a cluster of pine trees with gray around the edges to evoke ash. “I wanted shirts that capture the nature of what’s happened. that represent being down, but not out. We are all still standing, and we’re going to help each other get through it,” Egan said.
One hundred percent of the profits from the sales of the shirts ($20) and 12 x 18 posters ($20) will go to a variety of charitable organizations aiding those impacted by the fires.
Among those who’ve lost their homes in the fires to date are Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, Gerard Butler, Shannon Doherty, Robin Thicke and Camille Grammer, with dozens of other high-profile residents of Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and other nearby areas also forced to leave their homes.