Hundreds of people will wear and buy West Point Crab Carnival T-shirts this weekend, designed by local tattoo artists Rico Senegal and Brandy Hollowell.
The artists have worked together at West Point’s Liquid Metal Tattoo on Main Street for about seven years.
This is the third year Hollowell and Senegal joined forces to design and win the Chamber of Commerce’s T-shirt design contest for the carnival.
The artists also have individually designed T-shirts for the Chesty Puller 10K; they designed this year’s race T-shirt together.
For the past three years, Hollowell and Senegal have incorporated a crab and historic or familiar landmarks of West Point on the T-shirt.
“We wanted to design a shirt that people felt represents West Point,” Senegal said. “We want people to look at the design and know exactly where that is.”
This year’s shirt features a crab, the paper mill, the town’s two bridges and the water, all key features of West Point.
Senegal said they also considered including the old Terminal Hotel that once stood on Main Street, but burned down in July 1926.
“We wanted to put that historical element, but we also weren’t sure if the younger people would know what that was,” Senegal said. “We want the design to appeal to everyone.”
Hollowell, who grew up and still resides in the area, said it’s crazy to see so many people wear something she designed.
“I’ve been going to the crab carnival since I was in a stroller,” Hollowell said. “Walking around seeing almost everyone wearing a T-shirt is insane. My family still wears all the ones from the past years.”
“It’s truly an honor that were selected and have our design out in the community,” Senegal said.
Senegal and Hollowell said they attend the carnival every year and enjoy the food and local vendors.
“The Crab Carnival works well in West Point because, since it’s a small town, it just brings everyone together,” Senegal said. “Local vendors get to sell their products and food, whereas they might not have the best chance in doing so before.”
Senegal said the carnival is also great exposure for Liquid Metal, as attendees pass right by the shop on Main Street.
Hollowell got her start at Liquid Metal and has been there for six and a half years. Senegal moved from the West Coast to Richmond where he began his tattooing journey 14 years ago.
Senegal said he came to West Point seven years ago because of the business opportunity. Liquid Metal is the only tattoo shop in town.
“I knew I had to come here and design tattoos for people,” Senegal said. “Doing tattoos in a small town is a great way to get to know people.”
West Point Chamber of Commerce coordinator Kristie Walker said the board felt the design best encompasses everything they want the Crab Carnival to represent.
“It represents the town and the carnival,” Walker said. “It’s a fun design and we want everyone who comes to the Crab Carnival and the town to have a great day filled with fun, family, friends and food.”
T-shirts are available before the carnival at Liquid Metal Tattoo, 817 Main St., the Chamber of Commerce, 621 Main St. Suite 107, and Citizens and Farmers Bank’s main office, 802 Main St. Prices range from $15 for youth shirts, to $18-$20 for adult and extended sizes.
T-shirts will be available during the carnival at the Chamber information booth at Ninth and Main streets.
Want to go?
What: 36th annual Crab Carnival
When: 2-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Main Street in West Point
Parking: $5 at WestRock parking lot at 18th and Main streets. Free shuttles are available
More info: crabcarnival.com
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