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OKC artist Dustin Oswald and his Bombs Away T-shirt line a hit in Oklahoma

Dustin Oswald is the artist behind the Bombs Away line of T-shirts, many of which are designed with Oklahoma themes.
BY HEATHER WARLICK MOORE Modified: July 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm •  Published: July 11, 2011

The term “Bombs Away” has long been meaningful to Oswald, he said. “It's kind of like my carpe diem, live-in-the-moment kind of thing.”

He felt such a kinship with the term he even had it tattooed on his shoulder during a trip to New Orleans about 12 years ago. That was five years before he would start his T-shirt line. His first shirt was commissioned by Blue Seven, he said.

After finishing college at Oklahoma State University and moving to Oklahoma City, Oswald said he started seeing a wave of Oklahoma pride among his artist friends and acquaintances. That was just what Oswald felt he needed: pride in where he lived.

“I wanted to do something that would make me feel more a part of the Oklahoma City community,” Oswald said. “I wanted to be proud of where I came from. I wanted to embrace my roots and see where that could take me.”

Though he considers himself an artist who makes T-shirts, Oswald's shirts really are expressions of his artistic nature. The designs are as cool and interesting as his paintings.

In his painting, Oswald uses mixed media of acrylic and ballpoint pen to create whimsical yet slightly disturbing paintings that lean toward fantasy, fairy tale and absurdity.

Where to find them

Bombs Away T-shirts are available at Blue Seven and DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City, at Stash in Norman, The Rage in Ardmore and The 18th Block in Lawton.

For more information about Oswald and his Bombs Away line of T-shirts, go online to

Where to buy clothing from the Bombs Away photo shoot

For Mood's Bombs Away photo shoot, we borrowed clothing and jewelry from Gil's Clothing & Denim Bar, 7644 N Western. Shown with the Heart Paper T-shirt are Rowan straight-leg jeans and a woven belt by Diesel. With the Scissortail shirt, we paired a pair of cutoff denim shorts embellished with floral embroidery by Artisan De Luxe. With the Skull Paper shirt, we paired short denim cutoffs by Hudson and a studded leather belt with oversize eagle buckle by Robbie French. With the Vintage Anchor shirt (this week's giveaway!), we opted for a pair of white flowing gauze pants by Elan and a red polka-dot scarf. With The Warrior and the Osage Shield shirts, we went with a short white bohemian skirt with floral patterns by Magazine. Thanks to Gil's for loaning us these items!

Scissortail is one of Bombs Away designer Dustin Oswald's most popular Oklahoma-themed designs.

Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.

— Heather Warlick Moore


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