DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Hawkeyes will play in the Rose Bowl just over three weeks from Tuesday and a local business is getting ready.
“We started thinking about ideas for shirts during the Michigan State game,” said Mike Draper, owner of Raygun. “I guess we as a staff didn’t start officially coming up with ideas though until Monday. We had to wait until the Rose Bowl was officially announced.”
Draper said it took a little while for his crew to accept that Iowa lost to Michigan State.
“We didn’t want to jinx anything. The ideas followed the trajectory of the game,” said Draper as he laughed about the outcome of the game. “Usually shirts about how sad you are are not the best seller.”
He says the most important part of making a good shirt is coming up with the ideas and it’s about quantity not quality.
“We want to get as many ideas as possible. It’s usually just all of us sitting around the computer with all of us shouting ideas,” says Draper. “Sometimes we get stuck on one theme. We have a bunch of Herbert Hoover ideas.”
The list for ideas right now stands at 30 but he expects it will jump to 80.
“We have some good ones right now but we also have a lot of bad ones,” says Draper.
They will start printing shirts as early as Tuesday morning. He says the process takes about 30 minutes to print a shirt.
Draper said that this has been one of the busiest years for Hawkeye gear in the store.
“This year there has been more of an interest in Iowa-related stuff,” said Draper. “The last couple years it’s just been about the basketball team.”