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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Good morning handsome... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #bravefriend #weimlove #weimaraner
06/07/2020

Good morning handsome... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #bravefriend #weimlove #weimaraner

We are excited about how these old school printed trucker hats turned out for our buddy Tommy Bolger ’s new restaurant F...
06/06/2020

We are excited about how these old school printed trucker hats turned out for our buddy Tommy Bolger ’s new restaurant F.E. Pop's in honor of his grand dad. Can’t wait to visit it next time we can finally get to visit Flowtown again. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriend #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal

Headed over to see our good friends @rectecgrills to drop off some new custom merchandise. We  really love how these new...
06/04/2020

Headed over to see our good friends @rectecgrills to drop off some new custom merchandise. We really love how these new killer RECTEC Trucker Hats turned out! ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #rectecgrills #recteclifestyle #rectecfamily #rectecmafia #rectec #rectecnation Jody Flanagan

We are standing by our community in observing Blackout Tuesday. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #blackouttuesday #blackout #thesho...
06/02/2020

We are standing by our community in observing Blackout Tuesday. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #blackouttuesday #blackout #theshowmustbepaused
#alllivesmatter #vote #change #f**kracism #bekind #standtogether #equality

We are so excited to have more of our Bravefriend Packable Reusable Bags back in stock. A bag that folds into another ba...
05/29/2020

We are so excited to have more of our Bravefriend Packable Reusable Bags back in stock.

A bag that folds into another bag? Why not? Perfectly portable, these Nylon Ripstop bags fold into a small pocket sewn inside, making it so easy to stow away when they're not being used! When the bag is being carried, the pouch turns into a functioning pocket for even more storage.This bag is made from RipStop Nylon, which uses a special reinforcing technique that makes them resistant to tearing and ripping. They can withstand a lot of weight. The Bravefriend Tie Dye and Logo are sublimated into the fabric so you never have to worry about the artwork coming off. These bags are ready to travel with you anywhere. Thank you so much for your help to save the planet one bag at a time.

❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #nomoreplastic #ThisLittleTownGetsDown

You can buy 1 Bag, 2 Bags and 4 Bags bundles. We are offering a discount the more you buy.

*These are machine washable and tumble or air dry

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We would like to thank Rebecca and Sam Rogers for all their hard work  every year to help our furry babies in need with ...
05/29/2020

We would like to thank Rebecca and Sam Rogers for all their hard work every year to help our furry babies in need with Grateful Dog Festival in Florence,SC. That is why We are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. We are printing their logo on the left sleeve. The color shown here is SeaFoam Green and Freshwater Blue and the Charity chosen here is the Grateful Dog Family. We have been working with them for 9 years now and they are a kid/pet friendly event celebrating Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead while raising money for three area humane societies that are very poor and in desperate need.

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This is the face you make when you just realize that you have sold 995 of your South Carolina “Where there is Love there...
05/26/2020

This is the face you make when you just realize that you have sold 995 of your South Carolina “Where there is Love there is Hope” Fundraiser shirts! I could not be happier, more excited, and more proud of everyone’s support and generosity during this very challenging time. That is $10,000 we have raised together to give back to our fellow SC small businesses and charities in need. People helping People. Small Business helping Small Businesses.
Hugs and High Kicks all around!!

❤️ ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #teambravefriend #stayhomestaysafe #weareinthistogether #wherethereislovethereishope #downtownaikensc #SouthCarolinaStrong #Aiken4Aiken #AikenSC #downtownAiken #SouthCarolina #SupportLocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #thislittletowngetsdown Aiken Chamber SoftShirts Aiken Standard

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We are excited about how these new shirts turned out for our buddy Tommy’s new restaurant F.E. Pop's in honor of his gra...
05/26/2020

We are excited about how these new shirts turned out for our buddy Tommy’s new restaurant F.E. Pop's in honor of his grand dad. Can’t wait to visit it next time we can finally visit Flowtown again. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriend #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal

Some sexy smoked sockeye salmon snacks on the RT-700 @rectecgrills glazed w/Maple Woodford Reserve Butter ❤️#bravefriend...
05/24/2020

Some sexy smoked sockeye salmon snacks on the RT-700 @rectecgrills glazed w/Maple Woodford Reserve Butter ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriendlifestyle #bravefriendcuisine #rectecfamily #rectecgrills #recteclifestyle #rectec #rectecmafia #rectecbull Jody Flanagan BBQ Dad REC TEC Chef John Jody Flanagan

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Stay Safe. Stay Awesome. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend...
05/24/2020

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Stay Safe. Stay Awesome. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriends #love4hubie #weimaweirdos #weimlove #weimaraner

REC TEC Grills  I just called... to say... I love you. RT-700 does it again. A special thank you to Jack and his staff N...
05/23/2020

REC TEC Grills I just called... to say... I love you. RT-700 does it again. A special thank you to Jack and his staff New York Butcher Shoppe - Augusta, GA ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriendlifestyle #bravefriendcuisine #rectecfamily #rectecgrills #rectecsmokering #recteclifestyle #rectec #rectecmafia #rectecbull Jody Flanagan

"WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS HOPE"Chef Mike Davis and the whole staff at Terra in West Columbia, SC would like to thank...
05/22/2020

"WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS HOPE"

Chef Mike Davis and the whole staff at Terra in West Columbia, SC would like to thank Everyone so much for all your continued support and generosity during this difficult time. That is why We are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. Their logo will be printed on the left sleeve. The color shown here is Freshwater and the small business chosen here is @terrasc

We could not do this without all your help and kindness. People helping People. Small Business helping Small Businesses. When you are supporting small business, you are supporting a dream. Together We are Stronger and Together We will get through this. ❤️❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #teambravefriend #bravefriendcustomgoods #stayhomestaysafe #weareinthistogether #wherethereislovethereishope #SouthCarolinaStrong #AikenSC #SouthCarolina #ColumbiaStrong #SupportLocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalonline #thislittletowngetsdown #columbiasc
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Randy Eblen and his whole staff at Grumpy’s Sports Pub thank you so much for all your continued support and generosity d...
05/21/2020

Randy Eblen and his whole staff at Grumpy’s Sports Pub thank you so much for all your continued support and generosity during this very challenging time. That is why we are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. Their logo will be printed on the left sleeve. The colors shown here are SeaFoam Green, Coral & Freshwater and the small business chosen here is Grumpy's Sports Pub . People helping People. Small Business helping Small Businesses.

❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #teambravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods
#supportlocal #shoplocal #weareinthistogether #aikenstrong #supportsmallbusiness #aikensc
#aiken4aiken #southcarolinastrong #thislittletowngetsdown #supportaiken #teambravefriend Aiken Chamber SoftShirts

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Renee & Jay and their whole staff at Flanigan’s Ice Cream thank you so much for all your generosity and continued suppor...
05/20/2020

Renee & Jay and their whole staff at Flanigan’s Ice Cream thank you so much for all your generosity and continued support during this very challenging time for them. That is why we are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. Their logo will be printed on the left sleeve. The color shown here is SeaFoam Green and the small business chosen here is Flanigan's Ice Cream .

❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #teambravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods
#supportlocal #shoplocal #weareinthistogether #aikenstrong #shoplocalonline #supportsmallbusiness #aikensc
#aiken4aiken #southcarolinastrong #thislittletowngetsdown #supportaiken #teambravefriend Aiken Chamber SoftShirts

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We are very excited about printing our first T-shirts for our friends over at WingPlace and WingPlace Patio, Lexington ....
05/19/2020

We are very excited about printing our first T-shirts for our friends over at WingPlace and WingPlace Patio, Lexington . They are super soft garment washed beach shirts made with organic cotton grown in the good old USA. Thank y’all for your support of our small business. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #aiken4aiken #aikensc #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #eatlocal #drinklocal Henry Dickerson

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Strong. Smoke On. Can’t wait to see y’all again soon.Been really missing my REC TEC Grills Fa...
05/19/2020

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Strong. Smoke On. Can’t wait to see y’all again soon.
Been really missing my REC TEC Grills Family these days... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #rectecfamily #recteclifestyle #rectecmafia #rectecgrills Jody Flanagan Chef Greg Mueller REC TEC Chef John @matthew4446 @carnesraymond

Been really missing my @rectecgrills Family these days... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #rectecfamily #recteclifestyle #rectecma...
05/19/2020

Been really missing my @rectecgrills Family these days... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #rectecfamily #recteclifestyle #rectecmafia #rectecgrills @johndillionsr @chef_greg_mueller @rectecchefjohn @matthew4446 @carnesraymond

"WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS HOPE"Chef Mike Davis and the whole staff at Terra in West Columbia, SC would like to thank...
05/17/2020

"WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS HOPE"

Chef Mike Davis and the whole staff at Terra in West Columbia, SC would like to thank Everyone so much for all your continued support and generosity during this difficult time. That is why We are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. Their logo will be printed on the left sleeve. The color shown here are Freshwater and SeaFoam Green and the small business chosen here is Terra.

We could not do this without all your help and kindness. People helping People. Small Business helping Small Businesses. When you are supporting small business, you are supporting a dream. Together We are Stronger and Together We will get through this.

❤️❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #teambravefriend #bravefriendcustomgoods #stayhomestaysafe #weareinthistogether #wherethereislovethereishope #SouthCarolinaStrong #AikenSC #SouthCarolina #ColumbiaStrong #SupportLocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalonline #thislittletowngetsdown

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It’s a tough life being so really really ridiculously good looking... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie
05/16/2020

It’s a tough life being so really really ridiculously good looking... ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie

When you think she couldn’t get any sweeter or cuter... We love you so much Littles in your new Bravefriend tie dyed ban...
05/15/2020

When you think she couldn’t get any sweeter or cuter... We love you so much Littles in your new Bravefriend tie dyed bandana . Sweet Penelope ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriends #bravefriend #bravefriendcruiser #bravefriendwagon #love4penelope #loveyalittles #fj62

Just finished up these killer new custom trucker hats for my friend’s new business in Denver. Congrats Brian Stinnette! ...
05/15/2020

Just finished up these killer new custom trucker hats for my friend’s new business in Denver. Congrats Brian Stinnette! Thank you so much New Blue Builders, LLC for your support of our small business. ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #supportsmallbusiness #supportyourfriendsbusiness

“Where there is Love there is Hope.”Lydia and the whole staff at The New Moon Cafe would like to thank y'all so much for...
05/15/2020

“Where there is Love there is Hope.”
Lydia and the whole staff at The New Moon Cafe would like to thank y'all so much for all your continued support and generosity during this difficult time. We are still donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. Their logo will be printed on the left sleeve. The color shown here is Coral and the small business chosen here is The New Moon Cafe .

❤️❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #teambravefriend #stayhomestaysafe #weareinthistogether #wherethereislovethereishope #downtownaikensc #SouthCarolinaStrong #Aiken4Aiken #AikenSC #downtownAiken #SouthCarolina #SupportLocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #thislittletowngetsdown

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A big shout out to Christian Carlisle and the whole staff Blue Collard Catering for making me some of his amazing BBQ Qu...
05/15/2020

A big shout out to Christian Carlisle and the whole staff Blue Collard Catering for making me some of his amazing BBQ Quail Pizza to surprise my 98 year old grandfather ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriends #aiken4aiken #downtownaikensc #aikenstrong #supportsmallbusiness #aikensc

From here I watch the world go byWorking in the moon-time bar and grill.The word from Earth my time is upBut here upon t...
05/14/2020

From here I watch the world go by
Working in the moon-time bar and grill.
The word from Earth my time is up
But here upon the moon time stands still.
Got no telecommunications
Cables haven't gotten out this way
The man in the moon is a musician
That's the way we pass the lunar day. TIME TO LIVE IT UP!! ❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #livinthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #timetoliveitup #moontimebarandgrillmerch

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Ben and the whole staff at The Village Cafe are so thankful for everyone’s continued support during this very crazy time...
05/14/2020

Ben and the whole staff at The Village Cafe are so thankful for everyone’s continued support during this very crazy time.
That is why we are donating $10 from every shirt sold to the small business or charity you choose at checkout. We are printing their logo on the left sleeve. The colors shown here are SeaFoam Green & Freshwater and the small business chosen here is The Village Cafe️ ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriends #bravefriendapparel #teambravefriend #stayhomestaysafe #weareinthistogether #wherethereislovethereishope #downtownaiken #SouthCarolinaStrong #Aiken4Aiken #AikenSC #downtownAiken #SouthCarolina #SupportLocal #shopsmall #supportsmallbusiness #villagecafeaiken

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What do you mean it’s only Wednesday? ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #weimaweirdos
05/13/2020

What do you mean it’s only Wednesday? ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #love4hubie #weimaweirdos

Working on some new killer kids for our friends Satisfied Entertainment ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriends #bravefriend...
05/13/2020

Working on some new killer kids for our friends Satisfied Entertainment ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriends #bravefriendcustomgoods #supportsmallbusiness Nicholas Cason

Here are the shirts we printed for our friend Greg and his fellow nurses on the frontline here in Aiken. Thank you so mu...
05/13/2020

Here are the shirts we printed for our friend Greg and his fellow nurses on the frontline here in Aiken. Thank you so much for all your sacrifices. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

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Aiken, SC
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Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00

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Her favorite outfit. We love our Bravefriend friends and gear. Stay safe everyone and shop local or online. These guys are the best!
My Bravefriend baby rocking one of her onesies that was given to her by the wonderful Patrick Donovan-Rumpshaker. We love all of our Bravefriend items and the whole crew. Amazing artwork on high quality clothing done by some of the best people you'll ever meet. Until the next show or store visit, be safe guys and thank you for all of the great things you continue to do.
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.