Guitarist, singer and songwriter John Mayer was one of the many notable artists who took the stage at a tribute concert at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on Wednesday night [Halloween] to pay musical respect to late rap star Mac Miller, who died at just the age of 26 back in September. On Thursday, Mayer announced via his Instagram that he and indie clothing designer deansnuts have collaborated on a limited stock of t-shirts in “honor and remembrance” of Miller, who's real name was Malcolm McCormick. The exclusive merch can be found at the online store on Miller’s website and is available for pre-order ahead of its expected in-stock arrival on Nov. 18.
The long-sleeve t-shirts aren’t quite to the level of Mayer’s infamous “Big Shirt,” but the fashionable white apparel was skillfully designed by the guitarist alongside deansnuts. Sales proceeds from the “Swim Forever” tee will be going to benefit The Mac Miller Circles Fund, the same charitable arm that was able to raise money for communities in Miller's hometown of Pittsburgh via proceeds from the tribute concert earlier this week. As seen in the images below, the shirt can be seen displaying wonderfully inspiring wording such as “To a place where time don’t end” and “92 - 18,” with the latter pertaining to years of McCormick’s birth and death.
Mayer fans should recognize deansnuts’ name and work with the numerous Grateful Dead-themed projects and apparel for which he’s helped create, including the official tour logo for Dead & Company’s 2018 summer tour.
“This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music,” Mayer passionately stated in a tribute post shared to his Instagram in the days following McCormick’s death back on Sept. 7. “You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard ‘Small Worlds,’ I gave it a short, chirpy little ‘yup,’ which is the highest praise I can give a track.”
There’s been no real announcement as to whether or not the estate or label of the late rapper has unreleased or unfinished music that may see the light of day at some point. Until then, fans will get to sit back and appreciate the music that Miller shared with the world during his brief time on this ride, which isn’t so bad either. Fans can also tune into the pro-shot video above on Mayer covering Miller's "Small Worlds" during the tribute concert on Wednesday.