Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dia de Los Muertos_ OPD Memorial

Just finished the four Officers faces.

Now on to the uniforms where I'll use a bit of leather donated by each of the officers families. Thanks to the families and Renee Hassna at the Oakland Police officers Association I have Officer Dunakins gun holster, Officer Sakais Police belt, a black dress belt from officer Romans, and Officer Hege's ticket book.

The ticket book is personalized with his name and badge number stamped into the leather. Hand tooling leather has never been one of my skills, I took the book to Tandy Leather Factory in Union City to see if they had the letter set so I could duplicate the names on the other officers uniforms.

Turns out the manager, Robert said Officer Hege made the book himself with supplies bought from that very store. When I tried to buy the letter set, he wouldn't take my money. "That's my donation to the memorial, it's the least I could do."

1 comment:

  1. This is looking really good! Those faces are great. Did you just start at CSU?....
    A nice amendment from the store owner, Beu Jest! its good to support the arts however possible. I'm curious how you arrived at using leather?