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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.

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

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Live Painting Updates

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by threeerincadigan

Hot Breath Magazine Party, Atlantic City, Oct 11, 2011

This was an event I helped put together at the Connoisseur Kulture Glass Blowing Trade Show in Atlantic City, NJ this past Oct. Hot Breath Magazine was releasing their upcoming first issue and was sponsoring an after part on the second day of the trade show. I helped my good friend Melissa Baer put together and art battle between myself and two other artists. The theme was Hot Breath.

live painting by erin cadigan done at Hot Breath Mag party Oct 11, 2011

Hot Breath Magazine Party

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Hot Breath Mag Vol. 1 “Live Paint Off”

Artbattle NYC, Jan 27, 2012

In January, I participated in my second Artbattles event. Thanks to all my fans, family and friends who voted me into the top four of the online competition. That night I battled long time NYC live art scene veterans Danielle Mastrion and Pesu as well as artist Kevin Raggot for a chance to compete in Poland.

Good luck in Poland, Danielle! I know you will kill it!

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Battling It Out

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Words of the Prophets

Words of the Prophets
Erin Cadigan ©artbattle 1/28/12

Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence
—Paul Simon 1964

Love Save Japan, Times Square, NYC, May 5, 2012

Recently I participated in a charity event live in the middle of Times Square NYC! Put together by my friends and fellow artists, Pesu and Mariko Osanai to benefit Love Save Japan . All moneys made during the day from donations while we painted to sold paintings were sent to a childrens rescue in Japan through the Japanese American Lions Club. I only was able to be there half the day. I will be finishing my painting this Saturday June 2 at the Bushwick Five Points Festival. Money will be donated!

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan

Love Save Japan Artists in Time Square (photo by Power Quevedo)

If interested in purchasing any of the above art or a custom piece please contact Erin

ARTBattle Jan 27, 2012

Posted in EVENTS, Press, random thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by threeerincadigan

On January 27 I competed in the Artbattle for Poland. The other three artists competing were Pesu , D. Mastrion , and Kevin Ragnott . It was a hot battle with a fantastic audience. Pesu and D. Mastrion’s fans really brought it, filling out the venue and chanting their names before the brushes even hit the canvases! Kevin and I had our camp followers as well. Thank you to everyone that made the journey to le poisson rouge that night as well as the over 2000 people who voted me into the battle! I really love this painting live gig and will be doing a weekly event at DIVA in SoHo on Tuesday nights.

So back to the battle! We all painted frantically having a bit less time then the normal 1.5 hours split between two sessions. Personally I felt all 4 of the paintings were super strong but veteran artbattler and live painter Danielle Mastrion took the night with her dynamic portrait of Robert DiNero in Taxi Driver. “Bang! Bang!”

Congratulations Danielle! Hold it down in Poland! (I’m also secretly thrilled the other lady won 😉 )

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In the heat of the battle
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Words of the Prophets ©2012 THREE Erin Cadigan

Words of the Prophets
Erin Cadigan 2012
Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence
– Paul Simon 1964

To learn more about the battle and see some live footage watch this video provided by The Audrey Johnson Show.

(a shout out to Audrey Thanks for bringing your dancing energy to the stage! I was definitely feeling it!)

http://www.youtube.com/embed/KGz_LXj_loo?rel=0

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – free tattoo designs

Posted in Community posts, tattoos with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by threeerincadigan

So I’m a bit late on Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s actually October but I wanted to do something to recognize the disease this year. My amazing sister in law Mindy was diagnosed with breast cancer this past Spring and a close friend at the end of the summer. It’s a horrible feeling to hear the news about someone you love. Thankfully Mindy caught it early and is doing really well. Unfortunately thats not the case with my friend.

Mindy, my sister in law, is pretty great. Shes just a year older then me and looks fabulous. She has gorgeous red hair (which apparently is growing back splendidly after a summer of chemo) and probably weighs a buck ten sopping wet. I don’t know many people who handle life like she does, two cute and crazy kids, a dog, a husband, top of her career field selling insurance and still has time to have a little side business creating beautiful beaded jewelry. To say Mindy has her act together is putting it mildly. In fact she would be downright intimidating if she wasn’t so genuinely nice. I really lucked out getting her as a sister-in-law, we are very different on the surface with vastly different styles and interests. There was a possibility of just not being able to click but Mindy is so non judgmental, open and kind that our differences have never been an issue. She is always interested in what I’m doing and always has something positive to say. I really love her and am so happy to call her my friend.

LOVE!!!!!!

In September Mindy called looking for a favor. She had decided to celebrate life, turning 40 and getting a clean bill of health this fall by getting a tattoo. I was a bit surprised. Tattoos would be one of the difference in styles I’m talking about. But she wanted a tattoo and asked me if I would draw it for her. I, of course, was honored. She had the idea to add butterfly wings to the pink breast cancer ribbon. The butterfly a symbol of new life. It was a fantastic idea. I drew four different versions and of course she picked the simplest one with hearts on the wings. Mindy is not very flashy and she will be getting just about 1″ x 1″ tattooed version on the back of her neck.

We talked about the other three designs I drew this week and decided together that I should make them available for free download to anyone dealing with breast cancer in their life or the life of someone they love. They can be a symbol of survival, remembrance, fighting the fight or a celebration of life. Please feel free to down load the following images. I did a couple color samples to but it can be fun to add your own colors to personalize them. Please send me pictures if you’d like. I hope you enjoy them and wear them well.

Just click on the image and drag onto your desk top to save.

Health. Love. Happiness to you all.

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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

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

DESIGN MEANINGS: Bicycle

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan 1943 roadster bicycle day bike

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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