Founder

Growing up in the 90’s in Philadelphia you learn quickly of the values in a community and the things that bring those communities together. In many times it is families, the love for sports and/or in many times the love for art. Art History 101 founder and active designer Jay Pross was raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia and at an early age taking the subway/ El commuting back and forth to Roman High School. Jay picked up quickly on all of the art and history that you naturally see riding on the el from either the fashion on one’s body to the detailed graffiti murals up and down the buildings and subway trains.

Once graduated from High School, Jay enrolled into the Art Institute of Philadelphia absorbing all of what he saw and learned traveling back and forth from school. Then just within the first semester he ended up getting recruited by Miskeen Clothing to help on their up and coming brand in Philadelphia. Shortly after joining the team he completed designs that ended up in The Game “Dreams” music video on MTV to Beyonce “Check on It” (Bun B’s tee) music video to the cover of High Times with Method Man wearing his design. All throughout 2003-2005 Jay Pross was the star designer leading the creative direction of Miskeen Clothing bringing him all around the world and back all before he celebrated his 25th birthday.

With hitting the corporate ceiling at such a young age, Jay took the ambition to start his own brand in 2007. Jay took the new brand to magazine covers before one t-shirt was even sold, providing the hip hop star Soulja Boy with his new t-shirt design holding the Art History 101 brand that ended up on the December issue of The Source magazine. Ever since then, from opening Art History 101’s doors at 7045 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia to publishing ArtHistory101.com it has been nothing but progress on top of progress growing the brand to new heights. Bringing Art and History together with each design is something that all comes from the mind of Jay Pross that has traveled as far as Australia and to London with worldwide shipping you can receive here with one click away. Browse, select and enjoy wearing and teaching others our Art History 101 street wear for all fashion and education purposes.