Meaning of the 253 heart
The 253 Heart stands for pride and loyalty toward the “City of Destiny” Tacoma.
I created the design while sketching some graffiti ideas on Christmas day 2007. I was sitting at the kitchen table in the house owned at that time by Oliver Doriss, so Tacoma hung thick in the air like the threat of snow. Uncle Eli was cooking up some crazy veggie spaghetti from the produce we had rescued from the dumpster at Stadium Thriftway. When I turned my page sideways, to my disbelief and delight, I saw a heart had been created in the odd way I had written our beloved area code. “DEUCE-NICKLE-TRIZZLE”, Oliver said.
In 2010, the Motopony front man passed the torch of his iconic 253heart design to a fellow Tacoma artist and friend, Steve Naccarato. Steve took the Heart to the next level, partnering with 7 Seas Brewing Co. to create the 253 Heart Pilsner and donating proceeds of the sales toward furthering the ambition of local nonprofits.
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