While leading his group of Marines in pursuit of a suspected terrorist in Fallujah, Iraq, Corporal Josh Hoffman and his team were led down a dead end.They soon found out it was a trap when the first shot rang out. One man was down; it was Hoffman. The sniper’s bullet left him paralyzed from the neck down. His vocal cords were severely damaged, leaving him unable to speak. Now he uses an alphanumeric communication code. He nods his head “Yes” or shakes his head “No” as his aids guess each row of numbers and letters.
This design represents Hoffman, before and after his injury. It shows his love and passion for his white Ford Mustang. It boasts his relentless spirit, courage, strength and, above all else, loyalty. The English Bulldog is known as the “unofficial” mascot of the U.S. Marines because of its relentless tenacity. This midrun, frozen pose was inspired by a vintage WWII poster, creating a perfect combination with the classic American muscle car logo.
Paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak, Corporal Josh Hoffman was able to design this Bates boot by working with a designer and going through each component and detail of the boot. Josh would nod “Yes” or shake his head “No” as they went through a color palette. Hoffman insisted on having breathable mesh on the shaft and tongue by spelling out through his communication code, “1.A 2.GHI 3.MNOPQR (which spells “air”).
Tyler Way is an artist/designer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His portfolio includes work for LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Wolverine Worldwide.