The It Gets Better Project is a non-profit organization helping young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth see that happiness and a community of support can be a reality in their future.


Since 2012, Rudy’s Barbershop and the It Gets Better Project have teamed up to bring support to LGBT youth around the globe and inspire real change for the better. This year is no different! To raise funds and awareness for the organization, we’re we asked you to submit designs for a limited edition tee…


And the results are in! Our team of judges, Andrew Rannells (Girls, Book of Mormon), Janina Gavankar (True Blood, Far Cry 4), Miss J Alexander (Runway Coach, America's Next Top Model), Brendon Lynch (CEO Rudy's Barbershop), and Sara David (Writer, It Gets Better Project) cast their votes to select the 2015 Rudy's x IGB t-shirt from designer, Alyssa Barnes.



Alyssa Barnes is a designer from Southern New Hampshire who does graphics for StringKing Lacrosse in Los Angeles. She entered the contest to share her talents with a community she's proud to be a part of.


"How was I going to design something that would give the message of “It Gets Better” justice? ... I looked to my own life and to the times I had heard those very same words spoken to me and it became clear.  “It Gets Better” is simply a promise- A promise of hope that you can rest in and hold onto amidst a struggle or when things simply seem hopeless." - Alyssa Barnes


"It was the uniting of the pinkies as we did as kids to make a promise showing support and love within our LGBTQ community, and in larger society. Appreciating and accepting of our differences, and looking casual (while fashionable) doing so... this is why I chose this design." - Miss J Alexander


K. Ryan Henisey is an artist and children’s book author-illustrator living in California. Ryan has been introducing children to the wonders of the world through science, art, poetry and story for over a decade.


His latest book, 100 Monsters But I Am Not Afraid teaches children not to be afraid of the dark or things from make believe while also informing about mythology from around the world.


Brendon Lynch and his team at Rudy's Barbershop loved the self-portrait approach Ryan took with his design. The line-work and color was a refreshing change to everything else we saw come in.


Jeia Villacis is a VisComm major at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Jeia's design concept is based on the phrase "times heals all wounds".


Andrew Rannells had this to say about his favorite design:


"After looking at the entries, I would say my vote goes to Heart with a Band-Aid. I like how simple it is but with a sense of humor."


A big thank you to everyone who entered our contest this year! We saw a lot of great submissions, it wasn't easy to pick just one. Thank you for donating your time to help out the It Gets Better Project.



Terms & Qualifications

You must be 18 years or older to submit. If under 18, a parent or guardian may submit the design on your behalf.

Limit only one submission per person. If you submit more than one, only your first submission in order of date and time will be considered.

Submit only original designs. These designs must not contain copyrighted material and cannot have previously won any awards.

By submitting a design, you automatically grant It Gets Better Project and Rudy’s a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use, reproduce and publicly display the content.

By participating, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless It Gets Better Project and Rudy’s from any and all liability, loss, damage or injury resulting from participation in this contest.

Designs including offensive language, imagery or themes will be excluded from competition.


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