Tom "TCat" Toomey is the creative force behind TCat Designs. Back in 2006, he left his full-time job as an arts educator in the New York Public School system to pursue his dream of t-shirt design, original collage art and painting, and writing children's books.

Three years into it, TCat's t-shirts are popular among the infant and toddler set in all the 5 boroughs as well as the U.S. and beyond (Paris, Moscow,Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and The Philippines to name a few). Despite the gloomy economy, TCat's colorful menagerie of animals are a hot seller around town and online. He is becoming a fixture on the New York Street Fair scene and already has a list of celebrity clients and regular repeat customers. TCat's most exciting moment? When he saw a child wearing his monkey shirt in a diner in Brooklyn.

Besides "the biz", TCat is pursuing other interests like work with textiles, painting and paper mache.

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