whenever i'm asked to give one of my 'lectures' to a local design organization (i do this about 5-10 times a year), the room is pretty evenly split between 'suits' and 'casual'. about halfway in my talk, when i change reels, all the suits leave in disgust, and all the preople dressed 'casual' settle in for the fun stuff.
but almost every time, after a talk, some suit has stuck around and sneaks up to my side and quietly tells me how great it is to see somebody who has stuck with the stuff that got them into design in the first place. most of these guys tell me they started out doing t-shirts, pin-stripping, monsters-in-hotrods, etc. (you'd be amazed how many really big-time corporate designers started out this way).
after a talk in dallas (aka 'hell'), a suit came up to me - extremely conservative dude - and told me he started off doing 'big daddy' shirts. to prove it, he pulled out a napkin with a drawing o a monster (looked like cookie-monster) driving a hotrod. he gave it to me.
that's it on the poster.