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Design Meanings: The Duat

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by threeerincadigan
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The Duat

The Duat is an ancient Egyptian symbol or hieroglyph of a five pointed star surrounded by a circle. Written about in all the major funerary texts of the ancients, the Duat described the journey undertaken by the soul after death. Often times the Duat was described as a realm or an object the soul had to pass through to reach their final destination, the Lands of the Gods.  Many Egyptologists see the Duat as a symbolic reference for what happens when the pharaoh dies. Ancient alien theorist Zachariah Sitchin has this to say, “ Treating the Journey’s details in those texts as factual geographic and topographic indicators, I have concluded that the Duat was located in the central plain of the Sinai peninsula – the site of the Anunnaki’s post Diluvial spaceport.”

The ancient alien theory also believes there was a landing strip for aircraft built into the Cedar Mountains of Lebanon. Indeed there is an enormous man made, long and narrow, level place high in the mountains created out of perfectly shaped limestone blocks. The theory is that these sky gods of the ancient Egyptians used various markers both in the sky and on Earth to be able to land their craft on this “Landing Place”. What would the markers have been? Archeologists have long wondered at the purpose of the Pyramids at Giza, believing them to be tombs, yet there has been no evidence of such. These pyramids were the first to be fully covered with smooth, highly reflective limestone, making them clearly visible from space. The four shafts in the Great Pyramid in ancient times clearly showed, 4 constellations or stars back at the time of it’s building. These were: Sirius; Zeta Orionis, the brightest star of the Orion Belt; Alpha Draconis, and Beta Ursa minor. At the time these four stars were also the two equinoctial and the two-solstitial stars, aligning themselves at various times of the year with the Earth’s horizon. The three pyramids themselves were aligned perfectly with one of the easiest to find constellations in the night sky, the three stars of Orion’s Belt. Using the stars as markers aligned with the Earth one could easily find the pyramids. Once found and using two peaks in the Ararat Mountains that mimic perfectly the size and shape of the two bigger pyramids, an aircraft could triangulate position and fly straight up the center line of the perceived triangle to land safely on the long, flat, perfectly crafted landing strip in the mountains of Lebanon. Using a shortened triangulated formula, one also could find the post Diluvial spaceport, which lies directly on the same triangular median.

The bottom symbols of the design show the etymology of the word “god(s)” in ancient hieroglyphs. The very earliest symbol (to the left) resembles quite closely the symbol for star or planet, as it proceeds in age it comes much closer to the Christian symbol for God, the cross.

To shop this design:

Mens Tee Black       Mens Tee Natural     Mens Tee Grey      Mens Long Sleeve Blk or Grey

Womens Tee Black    Womens Tee Natural    Womens Tee Grey

 Racer Tank    Slouch    Womens Long Sleeve

For more reading on this subject heres a really interesting link! Giza Pyramids

EVENTS: June 2 and 3, 2012

Posted in EVENTS, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by threeerincadigan

THREE Erin Cadigan has a big weekend coming up. I will be out selling both days this weekend in NYC.

SATURDAY JUNE 2 10am – 8pm

BUSHWICK FIVE POINTS FESTIVALlocated one block off the Jefferson “L” train stop, this is an all day FREE festival in the up and coming neighborhood of Bushwick. Co-incidentally right down the street from where I live and work! This will be the inaugural year of this neighborhood street fest. Theres LIVE MUSIC all day long, FOOD TRUCKS, freshly painted MURALS by artists from all over the world. The Bodega Bar, one of the first in the hood, is located right across from the music and will be serving up food and drinks all day long. Get there early and grab a seat at one of their new outside tables!

I’ll be LIVE PAINTING and selling tees in the garage across the street. There are some other vendors and exhibitors there as well. This event coincides with the Bushwick Open Studios, a weekend long event, I have been participating in for the past 3 years. So many cool events happening out here all weekend long. Come check it out!

Off at Jefferson stop, one block to the five points!

SUNDAY JUNE 3 10am – 6pm

HESTER STREET FAIR Located in Manhattan just south of the Williamsburg Bridge in Chinatown. On the corners of Hester and Essex, it’s easy to access from the J, F, B or D trains. Just going into their second season, this amazing street fair has recently been voted the #5 flea market in the entire country! Vendors rotate weekend to weekend and day to day, so theres always something fresh and new. Food, vintage and art are their main focus! I’ll be there vending all day. Please stop by!

Bicycle Tattoo: off the shirt onto the skin

Posted in tattoos with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2011 by threeerincadigan

This summer I was contacted by someone who purchased one of my Albert Hofmann “Bicycle” tshirts.  It’s a design I created for an event I threw out in San Fransisco in the summer of 2010. The event was called “Bicycle” and was a psychedelic art and music party. The featured artists included myself, Tripp Shealy, Alan Forbes, and Stanley Mouse among others. People loved the bicycle graphic with the fractal of LSD molecules and so when I decided to move forward with creating a full line of t-shirts I wanted it to be included in the first season. The man who contacted me had purchased the shirt and was wanting to know if I would mind if he had the design turned into a tattoo. I loved that he had the respect to ask. I also loved that he wanted to have a piece of my art inked onto his body for the rest of this life time. My response was to send him a high resolution image of the original drawing to make sure the tattoo was exact to my work.

This was early this summer and I had kind of forgotten about it. This past week I received an email with photos of the tattoo! And so I thought I’d share them with you. I’m really happy with the placement and likeness to my original drawing. I’m not sure of the exact shop he went to but the guy lives in Portland OR. I’ll find out and post a link.

For more information on the inspiration behind this design go here BICYCLE and click on the bicycle image

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1943 roadster bicycle

albert hofmann tattoo

Fractal of LSD molecule

drawing by artist erin cadigan

Bike kicking out fractal

If you want a original design drawn for a tattoo or would like to get a tattoo of one of my t-shirt designs please contact me at erin@threeerincadigan.com

PRESS: Cupcakes and Cucumbers

Posted in Press, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Today THREE Erin Cadigan was featured on the healthy life style blog Cupcakes & Cucumbers . The post is an interview conducted by blog writer, Brooke Becker on my views about running a sustainable fashion company. In the interview I answer questions about why I choose to be “green” and how consumers can identify “green” products or make purchasing decisions that positively effect the environment or workers. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

I asked Erin Cadigan of THREE to tell me her about her tee shirt company, and why she decided to keep it green.  Her response is thoughtful, and insightful:

A company’s reason for being is important. It’s something everyone should at least give some consideration to these days. As the industrial revolution has progressed from it’s early days in the 1900’s, the toll on our environment and our societies has grown exponentially. Just recently, historically speaking, has the world started to turn it’s awareness in a real way towards these problems. With the 2005 tipping point of the “green” movement; shopping green, fair trade or organic have become a welcome house hold phrases. However many companies have also taken to slapping these words on items that maybe aren’t what they proclaim to be.

To read the full interview click here: SHOP GREEN

About Brooke:

Brooke Becker is a photographer located in Coastal North Carolina who has a side interest in living a healthy lifestyle.  She is avid about reading articles on the topic, and they often serve as inspiration for her photography.  She wanted an outlet to share her finds along with her photography so she created {cupcakes & cucumbers} in August 2011.

As the main aspect of her business, Brooke Photo Studio, Brooke Becker photographs products for a variety of clients print and web use.  She specializes in small product catalog photography and works with clients of all types from larger internet websites to individual artists selling on websites like Etsy.  She prides herself on being easy to work with and having packages for all kinds of budgets.  Good photography sells products, and every product deserves good photography.

When she is not shooting client work Brooke blogs about photography on her website Brooke Photo Studio as well as about Healthy Living here at {cupcakes & cucumbers}  She also enjoys taking road trips with her husband near and far, enjoying an afternoon on her screened in porch and jotting down inspirations in her sketchbook.

This photograph of Brooke was taken on a spur of the moment overnight adventure to Myrtle Beach in October 2010 with her then future husband.  They had so much fun that they decided to get married in Myrtle Beach on May 4, 2011.

If you have a need for photography, would like to be featured on the blog, or just want to say hello there are lots of ways to get in touch!

Brooke Photo Studio
Brooke Becker
P.O. Box 40
Holly Ridge, NC 28445

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.

FLYING SKELETON SHOP
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

THREE Erin Cadigan featured in The Perfect Tee etsy treasury

Posted in etsy treasuries with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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CELESTIAL LADDER- a "perfect tee"

THREE Erin Cadigan thanks Strand Redesign for the add to “the Perfect Tee” Etsy treasury! We love being considered one of the best out there and part of such a cool original collection. Everyone loves a perfect tee!