You might look at our branding and think, what exactly is a second banana? Where did the term come from? As opposed to a top banana – the person always getting prime billing at every show, the highest position in the office, or heck, picked first in gym class, a second banana is considered more of the supporting role, the sidekick, an underdog character. The expression is said to have originated in the 1880s Burlesque era where Vaudeville acts were all the rage. Some say the phrase came a popular skit in which the main comic was given a banana after delivering the punch line to a particularly funny joke. Others say it came from an act where three comedians try to share two bananas. Either way, top and second banana were born. Jewish performer Harry Steppe is often credited with coining these terms.
After years of studying graphic design, 2D illustration, color theory, art history and later on, dealing client after client in our freelance positions, we wanted to start a collective that expressed our own identity – namely, a dry, dark sense of humor. Before we knew it, we figured out how to put our concepts and designs to the test, learning how to create a studio and screen print out of an extra bedroom in total DIY fashion. Along the way, we've overcome roadblocks (like buying the right screen printing equipment, for instance... there's only about a thousand different options of chemicals and tools), triumphed over small successes (like first sales and gaining followers), and learn something new everyday. That's what being a second banana is all about.