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FIFTY STATES

 

BACK IN 2010, TYLER WAS INTRODUCED TO U.S. NAVY VETERAN MICHAEL HYACINTHE. WHEN THEY MET OVER A CUP OF COFFEE, THEY REALIZED THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THEIR TWO WORLDS OF AN ARTIST/DESIGNER AND A MILITARY VETERAN — INSPIRING THEM TO CO-FOUND [HAS HEART], A MICHIGAN-BASED 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. BEFORE WE SHARE WHAT THIS “FIFTY STATES” PROJECT IS, YOU MUST FIRST LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW, WHY, AND WHAT LED US TO THIS:

AFTER SIX YEARS OF DEDICATING NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS TO THE ORGANIZATION’S MISSION, THIS PASSION PROJECT CAME TO A PASS WHERE IT WAS EITHER GOING TO FIZZLE OUT AS TIME AND RESOURCES BECOME EVEN MORE SCARCE THAN THEY ALREADY WERE. OR, IF SOMEONE REALLY DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO IT COMPLETELY, IT COULD BECOME SOMETHING BIGGER AND MORE IMPACTFUL THAN COULD HAVE EVER BEEN IMAGINED YEARS EARLIER.

HAVING RECENTLY GOTTEN ENGAGED AND BEGINNING TO PLAN A WEDDING AND LIFE TOGETHER, TYLER AND KENDRA FELT A TUG OF DUTY AND DECIDED THEY WOULD JUMP ALL-IN TO TAKE THE HERO[SERIES] ACROSS THE COUNTRY THEMSELVES, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

TYLER + KENDRA MARRIED IN MAY 2017 (PHOTOGRAPHY BY:  ARIELLE TEFT )

TYLER + KENDRA MARRIED IN MAY 2017 (PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ARIELLE TEFT)

TYLER + KENDRA BOUGHT THEIR  AIRSTREAM  IN JUNE 2017 (AT  WOODLAND TRAVEL CENTER  IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI)

TYLER + KENDRA BOUGHT THEIR AIRSTREAM IN JUNE 2017 (AT WOODLAND TRAVEL CENTER IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI)

LICENSE PLATE INSPIRED DECALS (PRINTED BY  STICKERMULE )

LICENSE PLATE INSPIRED DECALS (PRINTED BY STICKERMULE)

FINAL PREPARATIONS | GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN | JULY 2017

FINAL PREPARATIONS | GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN | JULY 2017

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | DECEMBER 2017

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | DECEMBER 2017

PHILLY NAVY YARD | PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA | SEPTEMBER 2017

PHILLY NAVY YARD | PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA | SEPTEMBER 2017

GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK | JACKSON, WYOMING | JULY 2018

GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK | JACKSON, WYOMING | JULY 2018

MORNING ROUTINE | DESERT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 2018

MORNING ROUTINE | DESERT SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 2018

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VISIT WWW.HASHEART.US TO EXPERIENCE THE “FIFTY STATES: VETERANS + ARTISTS UNITED” PROJECT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE TO ITS EMAIL NEWSLETTER TO STAY UPDATED AS THE PROJECT CONTINUES STATE-BY-STATE ACROSS THE U.S.A.