Junkie Threads: Wearing Their Arizona Pride
Written by Amanda Gonzalez, Local First Arizona ALFA & Volunteer
When two self-proclaimed “t-shirt junkies” come together, you can bet that some seriously crazy magic is going to happen. Ryan Lamar and Estevan Sanchez, founded Junkie Threads in 2008 based simply on their love for graphic tees, being unique and this great state of Arizona.
Estevan was born and raised in Casa Grande and Ryan is an Arkansas transplant who made
Arizona his home 14 years ago. Together they took their love for graphic tees and the local
community to create a brand that embodies both of those things, equally.
The beauty behind Junkie Threads, is that they design each shirt from start to finish and only
use local printers - supporting local isn’t just a notion, it is a way of life for these guys. They
recently partnered with The Salvation Army Southwest Division to create the “Shirts For Good”
movement. With each shirt that is purchased, within the Southwest Division, they will donate
one to an individual in need. It’s not only about selling cool shirts, but it is also about giving back to the community and making a difference.
While Junkie Threads is, predominately, an online storefront, you can also find them at several pop-up shops around the Valley. They are regulars at The Gilbert Art Walk and POP PHX located in Downtown Phoenix’s booming Roosevelt Row Art District. This year, they are planning on expanding their presence to other festivals and pop-up shop venues, while continuing to work on collaborations with The Salvation Army Southwest Division and other local
businesses. You can definitely expect to see a lot of amazing things from Junkie Threads over the next several months.
Estevan is a full-time graphic designer and Ryan is in mortgage, but their passion lies with creating a clothing brand that everyone will be proud to wear, not only for their unique designs that celebrate this great state, but because of what the brand stands for, and that is community.
To learn more about “Shirts for Good,” visit www.junkiethreads.com/shirts-for-good/.
Amanda is an Arizona State University graduate, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in both English Literature and Mass Communication. She is a published writer and has been working in the marketing industry for over 10 years. Amanda is also an active Ambassador to Local First Arizona (ALFA). When she isn’t volunteering, you can find her out and about with her cattle dog, Zeppelin, or looking for cool new hangouts around the Valley.