Bravefriend Apparel and Design

Bravefriend Apparel and Design We are very proud to be officially working with the Weimaraner Rescue of South Carolina now. We will be donating a portion of our profits from every sale of Bravefriend items to help with medical, fostering, transportation, and placement of rescues.
Allow me to explain how I got started designing and printing my clothing line and what was my inspiration. When I graduated college I got a job working for the senior partner for a large law firm in Columbia, SC. I had studied business but I had been doing art before I could write my name. I worked there for about a year and a half before my life took a dramatic turn. On the night of April 20th 1999 my house caught fire while my roommate and I were sleeping. Luckily, Tanner, my dog woke, me up by licking my face. When I arose I saw that the house was completely engulfed in flames and I had only a few seconds to break my roommates door down and pull him out to safety before the house collapsed. I thought my dog had followed me out but in all the confusion he was still inside. I tried to save him but the windows were painted shut.. He died that morning…giving his life to save my roommate’s life and mine…thus “Sometimes a Dog is as good as any Man.” The kicker was, not only did I lose my dog but also I lost everything I had ever owned. I did not have renter’s insurance at the time and the law firm blamed me for the fire even though it was the faulty electrical wiring. This meant nothing of mine would be replaced. I was young and no one had ever told me about renter’s insurance. Thankfully, family and friends were a big support during this time in my life by donating time, clothing, a place to stay, shoulders to cry on and money when they could spare it. I was devastated about the loss of my dog…thinking I would never see his young face again and I was unsure how I would ever rebuild my life. Subsequently a friend of mine suggested using some of that hidden and untapped art talent of mine by drawing John Bell from my favorite band since 1990…Widespread Panic. Listening to their music inspired me to attempt my first portrait of John Bell singing his heart out to the crowd. I made the illustration into a shirt and headed out to Mud Island for their two night run in 1999. Well before I knew it I had sold all of them in two days and I had gotten such great responses from so many fans to reproduce the first one again and to do another new design. So I drew two new illustrations and produced them as shirts. Soon after I packed what little I had and hit the roads with friends for summer tour 1999. That was my first time out west…we hit every show and every national park in between. I saw some of the best shows I had ever seen in new places surrounded by so many great people. I had been away from my family but at the same time my new family had grown by the hundreds. I had finally found a way to express myself…to use my talent by drawing the band members and capturing a moment in each concert that touched and moved my soul. It moved me so much that I wanted to continue sharing my art and designs with everyone. When I returned home from that tour…I sat down and tried to come up with a logo for my new venture. In a time in my life of great loss and despair, I was able to grow and rebuild my life and I owe that to Widespread Panic. While traveling and attending these concerts I met so many beautiful people that consoled me in my troubled times and helped show me there was so much more life to live and experience and that great things can come out of tragedy if I just believe. They were right…I found my calling in life and that was to express music through art. So the logo I chose was a drawing of Tanner, my hero. The drawing only took 5 minutes and then it came to me… I decided to call my business, Brave Friend Apparel & Design. In his honor, I thought this slogan would be appropriate:” Sometimes a Dog is as good as any Man.” From that point on, while traveling to support my favorite musicians, I passed out endless amounts of Brave Friend stickers to promote my work and Widespread Panic’s musical vibe. Before I knew it, thousands of people around this country knew about Brave Friend and the story about the dog behind it, more then they knew me. The support of all the fans has been a tremendous impact on my life’s direction. Most importantly, I thought I would never see my dog’s face again, but with all the fans’ and the band’s support it has allowed me to see his face wherever I go and allow his memory to live on vicariously through the music. The Concept Evolution of Brave Friend After the fire, I was left with a steep hill to climb. I could only salvage about 5% of my belongings from the ashes of the house. Without renters insurance, I was entitled to no restitution for my ruined possessions. Take it from me, and get renter’s insurance. It’s cheap and it may keep you from having to start with nothing as I had to. Having nothing and with nothing to lose, I began drawing. I took apiece inspired by friends and my favorite band, made into a t-shirt and hit the road to ride out my blues. Everyone seemed pretty enthusiastic about the results of my first offering. Many people encouraged me to go further with my ideas. As I continued traveling, I subsequently printed more and more different shirts. The requests for new artwork mounted. I kept making shirts and the rest, as they say, is history. It means a great deal to see my artwork bring so many different things to different people. I take all of your comments to heart, so please, “keep “em coming.” It is through your energy that I able to create. I have come so far since that awful day in April of 1999. It is through the continued generosity of family and friends I have been allowed to rebuild my life from the ashes it once lay in. In an attempt to properly express my gratitude, I have left my artwork at your disposal. If I can be of assistance to anyone out there, don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected]. I am available to assist in logo design, portraits, screen-printing, embroidery, or sketches of your loved ones. If I can help someone in the slightest way, please contact me. Thank you so much for your time and appreciation. Thanks Again, Patrick Donovan Founder and Designer Brave Friend Apparel & Design
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We hope everyone is healthy and safe during this crazy time. We want to thank y’all so much for everyone’s amazing suppo...
03/27/2020

We hope everyone is healthy and safe during this crazy time. We want to thank y’all so much for everyone’s amazing support with our Nashville Strong Fundraiser shirts. We greatly appreciate you guys. “Where there is Love there is Hope” ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #weareinthistogether #nashvillestrong #nashville #bekind #wherethereislovethereishope #stayhome #stayhealthy #socialdistancing

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Penelope’s idea of Social Distancing... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #weareint...
03/26/2020

Penelope’s idea of Social Distancing... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #goldenretriever #goldensofinstagram #weareinthistogether #socialdistancing

We wanted to say Thank You so much for everyone's amazing support with our new Nashville Strong "Where there is Love the...
03/25/2020

We wanted to say Thank You so much for everyone's amazing support with our new Nashville Strong "Where there is Love there is Hope" Fundraiser Shirts.

100% of the proceeds from this design will go to benefit the music, food & beverage and service industry folks of Nashville areas who have been affected by first the terrible tornadoes and now this horrible pandemic.

We are very proud of our progress so far. We could not have done it without all your help and generosity.
We donated a total of $600 today between 3 charities.

$200-Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund
https://www.thebasementnashville.com/donate/

$200-Tornado Relief Fund for Service Industry Workers
https://www.gofundme.com/f/tornado-relief-fund-for-service-industry-workers

$200- MusiCares Fund
https://www.grammy.com/musicares

Please remember that "Where there is Love there is Hope" and together we can make a difference.

Stay Strong America. We are in this together and We will get through it together. Thank you in advance.

#NashvilleStrong
#Weareinthistogether

*All Orders will ship 3/30/2020.

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A Very Special and Happy 15th Anniversary to PanicStream We hope you feel all the love and appreciation from all of us C...
03/24/2020
Relix 44: PanicStream

A Very Special and Happy 15th Anniversary to PanicStream We hope you feel all the love and appreciation from all of us Curtis George !!

Welcome to the Relix 44. To commemorate the past 44 years of our existence, we’ve created a list of people, places and things that inspire us

It seems that Hubie has quite the problem adhering to social distancing with me... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #we...
03/22/2020

It seems that Hubie has quite the problem adhering to social distancing with me... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #weimlove #weimaweirdos #weareinthistogether

We would like to take the time to thank all of our customers and clients during this crazy time. We greatly appreciate y...
03/20/2020

We would like to take the time to thank all of our customers and clients during this crazy time. We greatly appreciate your continued support. Here is a pic of the custom Camouflage Leather Patch Hats we made for our friends 56 Brave. They are a local apparel company founded by former US special operations soldiers to honor the 56 Patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #brave #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shopsmall #aikensc #aiken4aiken #aikenbusiness #supportourtroops

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Bravefriend Apparel and Design
03/19/2020

Bravefriend Apparel and Design

Our good friend Brian Sullivan and I decided during this crazy time to create a shirt that will help out our fellow humans in need.

100% of the proceeds from this design will go to benefit the music, food & beverage and service industry folks of Nashville areas who have been affected by first the terrible tornadoes and now this horrible pandemic.

We hope you like the original artwork and can help us raise some money for all these hardworking people.

Please remember that "Where there is Love there is Hope" and together we can make a difference.

Stay Strong America. We are all in this together. Thank you in advance.

#NashvilleStrong

We screen-printed these on Bella/Canvas Unisex CVC Heather Shirts.

We are offering the following sizes: X-Small-4XL.

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Our good friend Brian Sullivan and I decided during this crazy time to create a shirt that will help out our fellow huma...
03/19/2020

Our good friend Brian Sullivan and I decided during this crazy time to create a shirt that will help out our fellow humans in need.

100% of the proceeds from this design will go to benefit the music, food & beverage and service industry folks of Nashville areas who have been affected by first the terrible tornadoes and now this horrible pandemic.

We hope you like the original artwork and can help us raise some money for all these hardworking people.

Please remember that "Where there is Love there is Hope" and together we can make a difference.

Stay Strong America. We are all in this together. Thank you in advance.

#NashvilleStrong

We screen-printed these on Bella/Canvas Unisex CVC Heather Shirts.

We are offering the following sizes: X-Small-4XL.

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I can't thank you guys enough for this concert stream tomorrow... We love the #Luckfamily ❤️ #bravefriendfamily
03/18/2020

I can't thank you guys enough for this concert stream tomorrow...
We love the #Luckfamily ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

It's a wild time out there folks. Everyone's lives and livelihoods have been put on hold. From tornadoes to necessary mass cancellations, our community is struggling. Introducing ‘Til Further Notice: an online concert presented by Luck Productions. Join us this Thursday from 6-11pm cst for a show made just for your screen featuring artists like Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Jewel, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, and more. It’s free to watch, but we’ll have an online tip jar ready for you to donate in support of the artists or the charity of their choice. We couldn't let March 19th fly by without trying to bring our #LuckFamily together. More information on how to tune in and tip is available at http://luckreunion.com/tilfurthernotice with more to come. #tilfurthernotice

Somebody’s happy to have us home.... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily
03/18/2020

Somebody’s happy to have us home.... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

Please remember to support small and local business as much as you can during these crazy times. We all depend on your s...
03/17/2020

Please remember to support small and local business as much as you can during these crazy times. We all depend on your support and generosity. We ship 6 days a week to all 50 states. Use : SHOPSMALL to save 15% on your entire order. We greatly appreciate You. Stay Safe and Healthy. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #shoplocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #weimlove #weimaraner

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We wanted to send our very best to everyone out there in this crazy world. Enjoy time with your family and your fur babi...
03/15/2020

We wanted to send our very best to everyone out there in this crazy world. Enjoy time with your family and your fur babies and stay safe. Please remember to support small and local businesses. There are so many of us out there that depend on you. We greatly appreciate all your support and generosity. We are offering 15% off everyone’s entire purchase online and in our shop. Use Coupon Code: SHOPSMALL ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #shoplocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #weimlove #weimaraner #doglovers #furbaby

It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what's happening around you ...
03/14/2020

It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what's happening around you in this world. Introducing our brand new Bravefriend Garment Dyed Long-Sleeve Pocket Tees. Give them a try and let us know what you think. We appreciate your support of our small business.
❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #bravefriends #softshirts #weimlove #weimaraner #weimaweirdo #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #supportyourfriendsbusiness #mansbestfriend

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It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what’s happening around you ...
03/14/2020

It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what’s happening around you in this world. Introducing our brand new Bravefriend Garment Dyed Long-Sleeve Pocket Tees. Give it a try and let us know what you think.... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness #softshirts SoftShirts weimlove #weimaraner

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We had so much fun printing these Green Monster Shirts for our good friends The New Moon Cafe Stop by and grab your self...
03/14/2020

We had so much fun printing these Green Monster Shirts for our good friends The New Moon Cafe Stop by and grab your self a Green Monster smoothie and a new shirt. Thank you for supporting Local. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #downtownaiken #aiken4aiken #supportsmallbusiness #Shoplocal Tom Sherer Christine Tomasetti-Sherer

It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what's happening around you ...
03/13/2020

It is simply amazing how great one already broken-in soft shirt can make you feel no matter what's happening around you in this world. Introducing our brand new Bravefriend Garment Dyed Long-Sleeve Pocket Tees. Give it a try and let us know what you think.... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #softshirts SoftShirts #weimlove #weimaraner

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03/11/2020

This is what makes our job so worth it and warms our Hearts especially during this crazy time we live in! We took a drawing that she drew of their family rescue dog Ben and made shirts for her Mom and Dad to surprise their daughter and all her class mates. I hope this make everyone smile and laugh a little bit today. Enjoy and Be Well. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #aikensc #aikensouthcarolina #bravefriendkids Stacey B San Pedro

The band returns to California for an extra special Labor Day Weekend celebration with three nights at Oxbow RiverStage ...
03/10/2020

The band returns to California for an extra special Labor Day Weekend celebration with three nights at Oxbow RiverStage in Napa, September 4, 5, and 6, 2020!

Tickets for all three nights go on sale Friday, March 13 at 10am PT.

Info: http://bit.ly/WP-Napa-200

The band returns to California for an extra special Labor Day Weekend celebration with three nights at Oxbow RiverStage in Napa, September 4, 5, and 6, 2020!

Tickets for all three nights go on sale Friday, March 13 at 10am PT.

Info: http://bit.ly/WP-Napa-200

We are really digging these new custom Captain’s Hats we made for our friends down at the  Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bra...
03/10/2020

We are really digging these new custom Captain’s Hats we made for our friends down at the Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pohofamily #charlestonsc #brandedmerch

So proud of this young talented amazing song writer!!! We are truly blessed to have him in our lives at to be so young. ...
03/08/2020

So proud of this young talented amazing song writer!!! We are truly blessed to have him in our lives at to be so young. So don’t waste another moment and go see him and his incredible band play. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

I found out I'm the proud owner of my first gold record. Thanks to y'all for the continued support for "Feathered Indians". See you tonight Atlanta.

The sun is finally shining after what seems like weeks of constant rain and it feels good. Cheers Everyone! Have an amaz...
03/06/2020

The sun is finally shining after what seems like weeks of constant rain and it feels good. Cheers Everyone! Have an amazing weekend! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #aintlifegrand #silipint

We love working on new apparel for the Golf Team for my high school alma matter @southaikenhigh . Thanks Coach Drew for ...
03/06/2020

We love working on new apparel for the Golf Team for my high school alma matter @southaikenhigh . Thanks Coach Drew for all your continued support over the years. ❤️ ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #aikensc #aike4aiken #thislittletowngetsdown #southaikenhighschool #southaikengolf

Looks like Sweet Little Della loves her new Bravefriend Hoodie! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #...
03/04/2020

Looks like Sweet Little Della loves her new Bravefriend Hoodie! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle

We would like to congratulate Local Chef Jason Tufts Malia's Restaurant on his nomination as one of four chefs chosen as...
03/03/2020

We would like to congratulate Local Chef Jason Tufts Malia's Restaurant on his nomination as one of four chefs chosen as the 2020 South Carolina Chef Ambassadors. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #aikensc #aike4aiken #thislittletowngetsdown #downtownaiken

Introducing our brand new Moon Time Garment Dyed Long-sleeve Pocket Tee. This super soft vintage feel shirt will quickly...
03/03/2020

Introducing our brand new Moon Time Garment Dyed Long-sleeve Pocket Tee. This super soft vintage feel shirt will quickly become your favorite shirt that you own.
Our favorite part might have to be the printing on both sleeves.

*100% GOTS Certified Organic Combed Ring-Spun Cotton.
*Garment Dyed and PreShrunk for Perfect Fit.
*Enzyme Butter Washed for Ultimate Softness & No Pilling.

❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #livinthemoontime #livingthemoontime #timetoliveitup

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We love these new custom Captain’s Hats for our good friends @widespreadhopefoundation ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefrien...
03/02/2020

We love these new custom Captain’s Hats for our good friends @widespreadhopefoundation ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #brandedmerchandise #supportyourfriendsbusiness

Hubie and I just dropped off our donations at our local Animal Shelter for all the furry babies in need. ❤️ #bravefriend...
02/28/2020

Hubie and I just dropped off our donations at our local Animal Shelter for all the furry babies in need. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriend4ever #aiken4aiken #aikensouthcarolina #fotas @fotas_aiken

Hubie is very excited to drop off a big box of Bravefriend fleece blankets we made to donate to our local Animal Shelter...
02/28/2020

Hubie is very excited to drop off a big box of Bravefriend fleece blankets we made to donate to our local Animal Shelter for the dog’s sleeping palettes. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriend4ever #aiken4aiken #aikensouthcarolina #fotas Friends of the Animal Shelter - FOTAS Aiken

New custom car magnets for our friends up in Columbia at Sound & Images ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #brande...
02/25/2020

New custom car magnets for our friends up in Columbia at Sound & Images ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #brandedmerchandise #bravefriendcustomgoods Sound and Images

Gorgeous new custom pullover hoodies for our friends Blue Collard Catering ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #br...
02/25/2020

Gorgeous new custom pullover hoodies for our friends Blue Collard Catering ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #brandedmerchandise
#aikensc #aiken4aiken

This makes us smile so big today!
02/25/2020
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This makes us smile so big today!

Never Miss A 'Sunday Show' live album from Widespread Panic + Panic will record a new studio album with longtime producer John Keane (!) in May ...

We want to thank everyone for another great work week! We hope you all have an awesome weekend. Lots of Love! ❤️ #bravef...
02/21/2020

We want to thank everyone for another great work week! We hope you all have an awesome weekend. Lots of Love! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriends #bravefriendleather #bravefriendcustomgoods #chucksperry #jeffwoodart #zenmysticstudio

We just finished up these new custom embroidered ball caps for our friends downtown Aiken The Aiken Brewing Company️ #br...
02/21/2020

We just finished up these new custom embroidered ball caps for our friends downtown Aiken The Aiken Brewing Company️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #brewcrew #beercaddy #downtownaiken #aiken4aiken #visitaikensc #craftbeer

We made these custom Team Soulshine Trucker Hats for our friends headed down to Orlando this weekend for the Hannah’s Bu...
02/20/2020

We made these custom Team Soulshine Trucker Hats for our friends headed down to Orlando this weekend for the Hannah’s Buddies Charity Golf Classic and JB & Friends. Y’all have an amazing time for us all! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #brandedmerchandise #fightsma #hannahsbuddies

Here is the back of the custom Team Soulshine Golf shirts we made for our friends headed down to Orlando this weekend fo...
02/20/2020

Here is the back of the custom Team Soulshine Golf shirts we made for our friends headed down to Orlando this weekend for the Hannah’s Buddies Charity Golf Classic and JB & Friends. Y’all have an amazing time for us all! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #brandedmerchandise

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Aiken, SC
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Monday 11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
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There is service. Then there is you all. Thanks ya'll. The Wade's love you! See you at Trondossa!
Dumping in Winter Park...
Good meeting you at the Capricorn Revival. Thanks for the Moontime gear!
Sporting his Brave friend shirt at House of Blues Orlando today!
1st day of 1st grade.... excellent choice of shirts! 😊
Yes! Great people with a great story. Love their products!
Too cute for words....
My awesome Nephew sporting his BF shirt I got him for Christmas.
These are great and will even hold a full beer with the magnet on the back.
Jack says thanks for the new collar uncle Shayne! #teamarkansas #vacationishardq
I want to share a story about my Brave Friend, Mylo. This picture was taken shortly before I was buried to my chest in an avalanche while hiking in the Bavarian Alps. After digging & digging I grabbed his collar & he pulled me out. He’s been on Panic lot a time or two!
Lukas likes showing off his customized Snowman with his #Bravefriend!!!