Navajo Times reporter Shondiin Silversmith did a great write up on Jared Yazzie and his OxDx t-shirts. Silversmith writes that Yazzie was once an engineering student, but soon turned to graphic design:
He sold his first shirt design to 25 people, whom he calls his “dream team.” The design on his first shirt was of a Navajo child’s head with a distorted dream bubble floating above him and a bandana that says “dreamer.”
“After that I had enough money to come up with my next design,” Yazzie said.
He left UA and moved to Phoenix in 2010 where he continued to design his shirts.
“Everything is either hand-drawn by me or graphically altered by me. I do all the graphics for my stuff,” Yazzie said. Each of his T-shirts is either screen-printed or hand-painted.
Yazzie learned the screen-printing process in his brother’s garage from a friend in 2011. When he first started, his designs would be sent out to screen shops and professionally printed, but does the printing himself today.