Jess Rotter started her company Rotter and Friends in 2007 and has been making the coolest musician tee shirts ever since. Natalie Portman fans may know Rotter and Friends from the Captain Beefheart tee she's confessed to loving. And it's just as likely that Woodstock attendees (we're talking the original Woodstock) know the brand from the kinds of musicians she draws on her tees, like Neil Young or Stevie Nicks. I met up with the truly inspiring illustrator on a sunny morning in Brooklyn to find out how she "makes it" in fashion and to try to get some musical advice to impress my friends. Needless to say, I got both.
Is Tavi about to embark on a singing career? As you may have heard, multi-talented teen Tavi Gevinson lent her vocals to an animated short film film called Cadaver, which co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates. As you can hear in the trailer, the blogger-turned-editor-turned-singer/actress(?) can do more than sing Taylor Swift and Joni Mitchell covers in her bedroom. She can sing Neil Young covers in a movie with Neil Young's approval even (Tavi is one of the few people Young has allowed to cover the song "Heart of Gold"). Jonah D. Ansell, the film's director, said in a release, "As Tavi personally and professionally evolves beyond the fashion vertical from which she was first publicly revered, and continues to discover and embrace her voice as a fierce and fearless young woman, her rendition of Heart of Gold will inspire a new generation to never relent in the pursuit of what you love.” A lot of responsibility for the 15-year-old, who calls the film "gamechanging," but she can probably handle it. Of course, that's not all.