Tri-City Veteran Gives Back To Troops OverseasPosted: Updated:
WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- The boxes are almost ready to go.
"I think im going to need a couple more boxes," said David Mason, a veteran living in West Richland.
Soon David's work will find its way overseas.
"I put a picture up on the board and sketch it out," said Mason.
"I'm just going to give it away and who better than to give it away to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Mason.
His art is the airbrush. It's a passion he started back in high school.
"When I was 16, 17 getting ready to go overseas, I was sitting here listening to music painting with my airbrush," said Mason.
Now at 60, David Mason says the hundreds of t-shirts sitting in his shop are his way to give back.
"I left Vietnam feeling like I didn't do enough," said Mason.
Some of his favorites are the hot rods, but in his shop he's got it all. From lizards to Lennon.
"Darth Vader, Jimmy Hendrix, some of the bizarre stuff that come out of my head," said Mason.
"If I have a picture of it it'll probably turn out real well," said Mason.
But all is not well for Mason. He's a veteran of the armed forces, and also suffers from PTSD.
"So I shake a lot, but once I get down and get some music through my head, and I have an idea to airbrush, everything seems to calm down," said Mason.
"Sending something to someone that I don't know overseas that's had a bad bad day, they unwrap a shirt that's one of a kind, that gives me a good good feeling," said Mason.