MANKATO — Eventually, Hues linked with Liquid Blue, the company contracted to provide art for the Grateful Dead. Until a freak injury to the tendons in his arm forced him into involuntary hiatus (he accidentally broke a glass mirror with his arm), Hues created a number of designs for the legendary band.
Among them was the so- called “Banjo” T-shirt, which is still available through the Liquid Blue website.
That T-shirt marked the last tour before Dead frontman Jerry Garcia died.
“I’ve met doctors and lawyers who own my shirt,” said Hues, adding that he still receives compensation for the Tshirt design which remains among the most popular with fans. “But I was just a tiny little cog in that giant machine.”
The mural painting and festival- chasing have made for a long, strange career, Hues said.
He’s hoping that selling his work in art galleries and stores like Christy and Kristie’s will help him trade the vagabond lifestyle for one that allows him to spend more time with his family.
“It’s been a busy career of chasing bands and going place to place,” Hues said. “I’ve been thinking a lot about how to break that trend.”