It started in 2007 with Tommy and Joel. I indulged their love of another brotherly pair—Mario and Luigi. Back then, it was hard to find official Mario and Luigi costumes, but they were easy to make. We already owned about 45 pairs of denim overalls. Because I couldn’t find a green hat for Luigi, I bought a white hat and a fistful of green permanent markers. I spent one evening coloring his hat. The big M and big L were hand-lettered and hot-glued.
At the time, I never imagined another pair of little boys who would find Mario and Luigi equally as admirable. The biggest difference is in 2013, they have better hats.