Odds are you've grabbed lunch or a drink with Andrew Tew. At least someone you know has. He's Charleston's Kevin Bacon—though it won't take six degrees to make your way back to him. Andrew should win a local award as the networker of the decade.
His day job is at Litton Entertainment—the Mount Pleasant-based company producing and developing TV shows across the nation. For five years, Andrew has worked on their digital distribution and is happy to watch the company evolve.
He's also worked on tugboats out of Charleston and in New Orleans in his 28 years.
Andrew is most recognizable as the brain behind city-centric t-shirt brand, Flooded Streets. The designs, just like the company's name, are only truly understood by Charlestonians. For two years, and along with his designer Kelly Wills, Andrew has used Flooded St. as a creative outlet.
"I was at Litton and seeing all this creative energy there. I was energized by the atmosphere and wanted to start something of my own." And t-shirts fit because he's a self-proclaimed "t-shirt junkie."
At this point, Flooded St. has released seven different shirts and two prints, including the hat man caricature on Church Street, the Woolworth's logo, the historical adage In Defense of Charleston and the old Cooper River Bridge. You know, the scary skinny one that locals were forced to drive over in driver's ed. If you get the designs, you're "not in a pretentious way, in the know."
Andrew says, "I have so many people who've said to me, ‘the lunch counter at Woolworth's means the world to me. Thank you so much.'"
To steal a phrase from most every Flooded St. Instagram post: don't sleep on Andrew, Charleston.