“Anything on any shirt” is a hell of a promise to make. When Michelle Hundt founded Angry Girl Merchandise in 2000, she had just finished designing clothing for other people for a decade. Her new enterprise cranked out printed T-shirts, printed patches, sweatshirts, hoodies, shorts and other items of custom-made clothing. Thanks to bands’ word of mouth and Hundt handing out home-made flyers, a brisk business was born. In 2001, the band Hoobstank gave her a big break with a 1,000-shirt order — an order rejected because the logo specified was smaller than what the band wanted. What to do with 1,000 shirts? When 9/11 hit, Hundt took all the royal blue Hoobastank T-shirts, printed a giant American flag across the front to cover up the small logo and sold them on street corners, making $1,000 for the Red Cross as well as making back all the money she’d lost on the job. Now, business is going so well that T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Angry Girl” are her business cards; bands send her photos of random people wearing them all over the world. 18434 Oxnard St., Tarzana. (818) 342-0521, angrygirl.org.
—David Cotner

LA Weekly