I know that many of you see just an illustration of an old Mercedes-Benz bus printed on a T-Shirt.
Well let me tell you what I see.
As I have already told you, my village in Central Greece is one place I find haven to.
Athanasios Diakos, was named after the Greek national hero, is situated on the eastern slope of the Vardousia Mountains, above the upper valley of the river Mornos, at about 1000 meters elevation.
So as you can imagine, when I was a kid, it was a really quite place with nothing but two taverns and a small kiosk. When people wanted to buy something a little more sophisticated than greek coffee or a pack of cigarettes, the only option was to either travel to the nearest town of Lamia, about 1.5 hours away, or make a request from the driver of the local bus which made the route from Lamia 3 times per week to bring them what they need.
You see most of the inhabitants were old, so it wasn’t easy for them to travel to Lamia and buy what they need. It was much easier to have the goods delivered to them.
I still remember the feeling when I saw the bus approaching the village from the opposite sloap and running to tell my grandparents that “Tubas is coming”, Tubas was the driver’s last name, and at the sight of his bus I always felt excited about what could he bring today. It was like waiting for some kind of Santa Claus everyday the route was scheduled to come to us.
The sight of that bus made me feel like Christmas and now that the bus is old and abandoned, because people get whatever they need from the mini market that replaced the old kiosk, I had the need to keep that image alive and share it with the rest of the world.
• 100% ringspun cotton
• 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center