Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Artist seeks help finding handmade ‘Dude’ shirt

A local gay artist wants help finding a handcrafted shirt that recently went missing from an exhibit at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

Asked why someone would take the “one-of-a-kind” flannel bearing the name “Dude” (seen at left), artist Jeremy Chase Sanders, 31, said, “Because it’s badass.”

Sanders did the weaving, sewing, and embroidering by hand, and the shirt took him four months to complete. The center had been displaying it since March 9, and Sanders believes the shirt was stolen between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The apparent theft has been reported to the San Francisco Police Department.

The sleeveless flannel is part of a project Sanders is making called “Bromance.” The other shirts he’s crafting bear the labels “Man” and “Bro.”

“It’s about the casual male language between both gay and straight men,” said Sanders. He added that he wants to focus on “how men relate to each other,” and he’s “using the flannel shirt as an icon of casual male attire, and also male identity in general, gay or straight.”

The artist, who also works as a massage therapist and tends bar at 1015 Folsom, suspects besides admiring the shirt, someone may have taken it so they could sell it. Sanders estimated the shirt’s value to be $2,500.

“There’s definitely some artistic value, but I don’t think anyone who stole it would really know about that,” said Sanders. “It’s not like a stolen Picasso or something.”

The shirt was intended for a solo exhibition Sanders has been planning for the Magnet health center in the Castro this October.

Rebecca Rolfe, the community center’s executive director, said the shirt is “far more” than just an article of clothing.

“We really appreciated the tremendous amount of care and craftsmanship and artistic endeavor” that went into the “beautifully” done flannel, said Rolfe.

As far as compensating whoever finds or returns the shirt, Sanders said, “I would hope that the heroism would be its own reward,” but he’s open to providing a 90-minute deep tissue massage or similar reward.

Sanders can be reached at jeremy_at_jeremychasesanders_dot_com.

The police inspector likely to be assigned to the case wasn’t available for comment today (Thursday, April 12).

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 12, 2012 @ 3:49 pm PST
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