Though never having a formal education in arts, Ted learned
mechanical drawing and architecture during high school, aerodynamic
design and process piping design (oil refinery plumbing) at community
colleges, none of which developed into careers during the recession of the '70s, but provided important
While working as a machinist and then an instrument repair technician, he began
an unintended artistic career doing side-jobs, creating film positives
for screen printers. He hand-drew illustrations and lettering directly
on cellulose for creating photo-emulsion stencils. In 1982, he started
his own screen printing business, Promotional Sportswear, and was able
to attract some important specialty advertising agencies with his graphic design.
Real notice came in 1984, when his design of lettering and a mountain
lake icon was accepted by Perrier for their new Arrowhead Water
acquisition. The familiar elliptical logo was featured on
advertisements, trucks and billions of bottles of water through 2003.
Though best known as a commercial “t-shirt artist,” he has had two
decades of experience in packaging and sales graphics for Calvin Klein,
Candies, Christian Dior, Converse, DKNY, Diesel, Don Roberto, Gucci,
Guess, Harley-Davidson, Heublen, Hikari, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade,
Marchon, Maui Jim, Mervyn’s, Nautica, Nike, Nine West, Oliver Peoples,
Ralph Lauren and Ray Ban.
Since 2001, Ted volunteers as a director of Corona Heritage Park
and Museum, overseeing daily the historical, art and cultural programs.