In the Late 1960s, during my college days at SFVSC, which was San Fernando Valley State College and is now called California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Everything was new, especially during the beginning of the four-year program. At the time, there were no centers on deafness, only two bungalows. During the ’70s, a lot now called Peace and Love movements went on such as, against the Vietnam War protest, and walking out of the classroom. I see a lot of symbolism like black power, (fist holding). Give a Peace sign (two-finger-like V) during the hippie’s movement, Hang loose like waving and shaking (thumb and pinky finger) associated with beach and surfer culture. I ask myself what about us (DEAF)? One night, I came up with an idea (light bulb lit up)!
l designed and painted on the shirt, a red heart with I love you sign inside wear it at college to expose ours to bridge the gap between the two worlds to build the understanding together by ASL represents the Deaf and the red heart means the hearing world as love put them together to get along and be part of the Symbolism of ’70s. The “I LOVE YOU” sign is widely used and seen everywhere! Now it’s become symbolic of deaf culture always in our hearts, be proud of it. This Artwork was copyrighted in 1974 by Robert Taylor.