On our familial coat of arms: a serpentine cousin, bottle of Scotch, and pair of wise-cracking gargoyles.
But aptly named artist Happy Menocal has a rosier view of family, which she’ll emblazon onto colorful custom crests (think of hers as a whimsical approach to Medieval heraldry).
After two weeks of immersion friending (everything from music tastes to connectedness to nature is questioned), Menocal can bestow a quirky-but-never-cutesy symbol on newlyweds, a shield for a friend’s housewarming, or holiday-appropriate crest for your own clan.
She’ll dig deep, while alluding to intimate details subtly: A couple’s beloved Bernese isn’t rendered, but his fur becomes a regal, fringed border that hints at a king’s robe.
Original art is delivered on archival paper, along with a hi-res image on CD, so you can brand anything from T-shirts to holiday cards to flesh — depending how much Scotch is available.
Available by e-mail order (email@example.com), $400. To see past work, go to happymenocal.com.
Illustration: Courtesy of Happy Menocal