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Good Hoodies

Journey bassist and Alamo resident Ross Valory's big new idea.


courtesy of mouthman

WHAT DO HOMER Simpson, Cars star Lightning McQueen, and S.J. Sharkie have in common? They have all been featured on Mouthman hoodie sweatshirts.

These hip hoodies are the creation of Alamo resident Ross Valory, whose day job is playing bass for the rock band Journey. Valory had the inspiration for Mouthman in the early 1970s—and finally got around to acting on the idea decades later.

“I was on the road with Journey and had a day off to visit some friends in Tucson,” says Valory. “Their daughter was pretending her arms were a monster’s mouth. I thought it would be pretty cool if a shirt had a mouth on the sleeves.”

The first sweatshirt was created for the San Jose Sharks, with shark fangs on the arms. Deals with The Simpsons and Pixar followed, as well as the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. The hoodies, which cost $25, are all made in Benicia.

For information, visit mouthman.com.

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