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COMMUNITY: Flying Skeleton

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Being in the t-shirt business you often are perusing the net keeping an eye out for other cool t-shirt companies. It’s good to see whats out there, what kind of design people are coming up with, to check out your competition or just try to find yourself a cool new t-shirt. For me I really like to see good hand illustrated work. There’s so much computer generated work and silly logos and phrases out there. I want a t-shirt graphic with some meaning. I want a piece of art.

A companies reason for being is important to me too. Who are these people? Why are they making t-shirts? What do they believe in? Having left a well paid design job to create an eco-friendly, socially conscious company from the ground up, I appreciate and look for the back story on a company. It’s important to support companies with the same values as yourself. There is a ton of mass produced, environmentally damaging t-shirts out there in the world. I’m not sure people even know how high the environmental impact of a standard t-shirt can be. There are many other considerations besides environment I take into account when looking at a company. The kind of screen print ink is almost as important as the fabric of the shirt and honestly a much more affordable move in the right direction for many small companies. Waterbase inks still have pigments but do not have the non-biodegradable medium that plastisol inks contain. (read my article on water base inks here) Many large companies use plastisol inks as they are easier to work with in a shop, however for the small studio printer waterbase inks have the extra added advantage of an easy non chemical clean up. I also look at where and by who a company’s t-shirts are made. The other major impact a standard tshirt has on the world is to the working conditions and pay of the people actually sewing the shirt. Luckily there are some unionized factories out there and more that are voluntarily policed by global human rights watch dog groups, so finding a socially responsible t-shirt is not as hard as it once was. Still many brands choose cost over people and go for the cheapest blank they can find. I think it’s worth my money to buy from a brand that chooses human rights over a few extra dollars.

Flying Skeleton from Taos, New Mexico is one of my favorite new brands. Produced by artists Bradley Sleep and Christie Swathe, the brand has a slight southwest vibe with very cool images. They screen print their tees one at a time in their home studio and use water based inks on socially conscious t-shirts produced right here in USA.

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The Flying Skeleton Logo

Flying Skeleton in their own words:

Flying Skeleton is for everyone, in the spirit of unity, in that we are more the same than different. Regardless of nationality or politics, ultimately we can usually agree about more things than disagree. Basic things like food, shelter and clothing, equal rights and justice, the right to freedom, to be happy and healthy, and opportunity for bettering ourselves are important to us all.Flying Skeleton is a reminder of the time that we have on planet Earth, that we are all mortals here for a limited amount of time. Time, really, is our most precious resource. In the end, it’s not about the money we’ve made or our material gains, it’s about human relationships and the love received and given through them.

Life is short, so make your indelible mark. Fly High.

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About the artists:
Bradley Sleep is an artist with a background in printmaking and jewelry making. He enjoys screen printing, hand printing on clothing as well as prints on paper. He also produces hand-drawn works of fine art. He says, “The Flying Skeleton just showed up one day and I figure I just work for him.”
To view more of Bradley’s art, go to:
http://www.bradleysleepdesign.comChristy Schwathe is an artist, printmaker, and seamstress with a love for making stuff by hand. She actually enjoys ending her day covered in graphite, ink, or paint. She says, “Support the revolution, buy handmade.”

Christy’s art:
http://www.cschwathe.com
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Proud Hopi Maiden

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Skull and Roses

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Galatic Skyhole

Posted in Design Meanings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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Harbingers of Peace

The galactic sky hole is also known as the galactic center. This is the spot that the Milky Way galaxy rotates around. It is believed by scientists that there is a supermassive black hole located there. Visually it is near the brightest area of the Milky Way when viewed in the night sky. Along this bright trail of stars a dark rift may also be seen with the naked eye. Many meso-American cultures saw the “dark rift” as the birth place of the universe. Myth told of deities riding serpent ropes out of the sky center into this plane of existence.

It is predicted by the ancient Mayans, Tolmecs and Aztecs that their lord of peace, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, would return through the galactic sky hole ushering in a new reign of peace at the end of the present age.

The present Mayan calendar ends in the Gregorian year 2012..

This does not mean the world is going to end, just as it doesn’t end on December 31 each year.

Calendars’ end.

However, the prediction of a coming age of consciousness and peace has been predicted again and again all over the world. This design shows the Milky Way forming a human heart. From the spiraling center descend celestial messengers of peace. Each rides their own deity rope based on the predictions inherent in their individual stories of peace. First is Aquarius, the water bearer, symbol of human advancement andconsciousness since time immemorial spilling behind her healing waters. Next is the Buddha, the enlightened one. There are many incarnations of Buddha who teaches the release of suffering and attainment of enlightenment, pure love. He is riding a flame in reference to the first Buddha’s Fire Sermon. Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina predicted by the Hopis to signal the emergence into the Fifth World. This world will unfortunately start with WWIII but for those that survive, we will become as one race, speaking one tongue, living in peace. He rides a rope of maize considered to be a sustaining life gift from the Great Spirit. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent,  in his mouth is the face of Pakal thought to be the last human embodiment of the peaceful deity. Jesus is the Christian god sent to earth to teach humanity about understanding, love and kindness. He is predicted to return from the sky on a trail of clouds. The supreme Hindu god, Krisna, as Balaji, the newborn cosmic child, returns in the universal deluge ending the present Kali Yuga.

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DESIGN MEANINGS: Bicycle

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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Get on Your Bikes and Ride!

Dr. Hofmann is a Swiss scientist who in the 1940′s synthesized the compound lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). After a strange reaction to some of this compound getting on his skin, Dr. Hofmann decided to self experiment with what would be the recommended dosage for reaction to a typical compound (though as it turned out quite a large amount for LSD).

In his own words :

Exercising extreme caution, I began the planned series of experiments with the smallest quantity that could be expected to produce some effect, considering the activity of the ergot alkaloids known at the time: namely, 0.25 mg (mg = milligram = one thousandth of a gram) of lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate.

Quoted below is the entry for this experiment in my laboratory journal of April 19, 1943. The first section contains notes on the production of the tartrate (tartaric acid salt) of LSD.

4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of Vi promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate.

Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless.

17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh.

Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00-ca. 20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.)

“Home by bicycle”.

And then what followed was undoubtedly an extraordinary experience, one that would have terrified most, but Dr. Hofmann saw the intrinsic value in LSD-25.

This shirt, a 1943 Roadster kicking out a swirling fractal of LSD molecules, pays homage to the spirit of Dr. Hofmann. A man who had an idea about something, a hunch and instead of letting it go, moved forward with it, and in doing so brought the ancient tribal concept of the substance assisted spiritual and psychological “trip” into the modern age and made this experience accessible to all.

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