Prairie and Ross 

30 years ago our head honcho, Ross Valory had a vision. 

One day, on a short break from touring, Ross was visiting some friends in Arizona, sipping coffee, hanging out and enjoying the antics of his friends' kids as they were tearing around the house doing something they referred to as the "JAWS."

According to Ross, it was very cute how they were running around the house in a single line, hugging their shoulders while "chomping" at each other with their elbows, giggling and "rrawwring" and putting on quite the show!  He tucked that playful thought away, as he went on with the important business of being the bassist for the legendary American rock band "Journey."

In fact he is one of the two original founding members of the iconic band, formed in San Francisco back in the mid 70's.  

So while Ross was very busy being a successful rock star… that cute image of the chomping kids bounced around in his head for 20 years -- until one day something clicked -- he "hugged himself" in the same fashion as those kids years ago, and thought... "how cool would it be to create shirts that would let you actually become the animal you are pretending to be! A shirt with graphics on the sleeves that would present a giant mouth when the wearer wraps their arms around themselves!"

Ross soon enlisted artist and fellow rock star friend, "The Tubes" drummer Prairie Prince, and the duo created the first 3 beautiful airbrushed designs finally bringing the animated apparel concept to life!  

Offering an ever growing menagerie of playful designs-MouthMan®  Animated Apparel is proudly designed and made in Northern California -- by people (thats us!) who practice sustainability and energy efficiency, and give back through donations, volunteerism, and sourcing locally before globally.  

We are committed to utilizing eco-friendly ethically sourced materials,  and practicing sustainability and energy efficiency
in our manufacturing processes and day-to-day operations. 

Our signature bold graphics and vivid saturated colors are created using an environmentally responsible printing process called "dye-sublimation."  We use only the finest non-toxic, skin-friendly water based inks that wont ever fade or wash out for the life of the garment.  Your hoodie even comes in a cool award winning recycleable box.
Mouthman Owner/Inventor -Journey Bass Player - Ross Valory

Ross is Journey's noted bass player and along with Neal Schon, is the only original member of the band still performing with the group. Aside from the Raised on Radio album sessions (and subsequent tour) in 1986, Ross has played on all of Journey's albums.

One of the innovations that Ross uses is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set. Thus, instead of the usual E-A-D-G arrangement, his bass is strung as B-E-A-D. This adds the five string depth to the songs, while allowing the quick fingering of a four-string neck.

He also plays keyboards, guitar and the recorder.  Ross Valory also played for The Vu, The Storm, Frumious Bandersnatch and the Steve Miller Band.

Journey tour dates, fan forum, discography and band member bios,

To learn more about Prairie Prince and his extensive influence in Art, Music, Photography and Set Design,
check out: or find him on facebook here!

Mouth Man, Inc. recently merged into Chompio, Inc. to bring you new products and designs.  More to come!  The Mouthman® brand continues under Chompio, Inc.

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