Enlisting in 2001, his junior year of school at Grand Rapids Christian High School, Combat Engineer Chris Weirs was on his second deployment in 2005 as part of a lead security team for convoys. Weirs said he never heard the blast when his Humvee drove over an undetected IED. The two men in the front seats of his vehicle died instantly while Weirs was thrown from the vehicle, sustaining a myriad of injuries including two broken vertebrae, torn shoulder nerves, a￼￼￼ radial head fracture on his left arm, and damage to both eyes, not to mention shrapnel covering his body.
Like his shirt, the Bates boot Weir designed is a memorial to those who sacrificed themselves on the roads of Iraq. The red stitching and details represent the blood shed by service members for the USA. On the boot, the motto translates to, “Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.
Priscilla Wilson works for Kraftwerk Design, a graphic design firm based in California that specializes in work for the wine industry. Wilson also contracts out for freelance work, including designing shirts for Threadless.