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T-shirt design by WCHS junior on sale at PacSun

T-shirt design by WCHS junior on sale at PacSun

When Westerville Central High School junior Sahr Julian Rashid Noah was invited to design a t-shirt to be considered by L.A.-based clothing brand PacSun, he was uncertain about what to do.

He had created t-shirt designs, logos and posters for local streetwear brands since he was 12 but the chance to share his art on a national scale was exciting — and daunting. 

So he procrastinated. 

Two days before the deadline, he started sketching, capturing his feelings at the time. The front of the shirt features the words, “STOP PROCRASTINATING,” while the back is covered with the phrase, “TIME IS AWAITING,” flanked by a figure looking impatiently at his watch.

Now, the moment has been immortalized on t-shirts that are currently on sale on PacSun’s website.

“Everyone can relate to it, especially creative people because we find ourselves experiencing so many things and try to come up with so many ideas,” Rashid Noah said. “We jump on all those ideas and we over-procrastinate.”

The t-shirt is part of a collaboration between PacSun and UPRISERS, a community-driven streetwear brand dedicated to amplifying impactful and authentic stories of activists, trendsetters, and warriors of change to mobilize and transform communities. 

UPRISERS and PacSun invited streetwear designers from across the country to create special t-shirts as part of UPRISERS Family Drive, a one-day volunteer event to serve the Los Angeles community. 

PacSun invited Rashid Noah to the family drive on Dec. 2, where volunteers packed lunch bags, hygiene kits and donated more than 1,000 pieces of clothing. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales raised more than $50,000 to support #HashtagLunchBag, which hosts events that prepare and provide meals for those in need. 

Rashid Noah was invited to submit designs to PacSun by Yohannan Terrell, director of Columbus Fashion Alliance (CFA), a collective of creatives passionate about the fashion industry in Columbus. Rashid Noah attended CFA’s Future of Fashion Internship program last summer, where he learned all facets of fashion design, production and marketing. The internship culminated with a pop-up shop where participants provided what they created to the community for free.

“We’re trying to give back to the community while also learning how to be entrepreneurs,” Rashid Noah said. He is still connected with the CFA; The group covered his travel costs to Los Angeles so he could attend the UPRISERS Family Drive. 

The internship experience, coupled with his work for PacSun, has prepared him for his next steps: launching his own clothing brand this summer. 

WCHS art teacher Derrick Ehlen considers Rashid Noah one of the most independently motivated young artists he’s ever had as a student.  

“The degree to which he has already immersed himself in the networking and business side of art and design is unprecedented in my experience as a teacher, and this has absolutely not compromised his willingness to explore and experiment and continue growing as an artist,” he said.

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