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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!


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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Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by threeerincadigan
psychedelic trip, lsd trip, consciousness, awakening your mind

When the Mask Comes Off


Psychedelics have been used by societies both ancient and modern. Their use as a tool for tapping into the cosmic consciousness is a global phenomenon. Today their usefulness in the fields of psychological studies are being researched at major institutions including John Hopkins Medical Center and Columbia University. Recorded histories show the use of different mind altering substances in the religious and cultural ceremonies of such influential societies as Hellenistic Greece and Aryan India. Today psychotropic plants still play a part in traditional societies; ayawaska in indigenous South American shamanic rituals and ibogaine in the African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti. In the last century the newly discovered chemical compound lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD,  brought the use of psychedelics into the mainstream and was tied closely to the modern American movement that promoted peace and fought for and won the true freedom of women and African Americans in this country. In the present day people from all races and walks of life are awaking to the possible benefits responsible ingestion of these powerful medicines can bring.

The woman self lactates the mother earth’s milk of psychedelics to the world. When taking psychedelics it rips your consciousness to it’s true core. You are no longer able to keep in place the mask you hold up to the world and you come face to face with your true nature possibly for the first time. For some people who are able to be self aware this has the effect of a conscious awakening, it is a pleasant and enlightening experience. On the left you see the mask come off in this direction, the woman’s third eye is awakening. The Tibetan lotus grows out of the infant skull and the bee, a symbol of Christ consciousness hovers near by.

On the right the tearing of the mask is a painful experience, the woman does not want to face herself and this, I believe, is partly what causes a “bad trip”. The experience, seemingly negative, is not. Out of the infant skull to her right come earth worms which help regenerate our physical bodies into useful matter. A red rose, symbol of true love, grows on a stem of DNA as does the lotus. A spider is a symbol of good luck. Together bees and spiders are immensely important in the functioning of this planet.

For more information on the positive uses and studies of psychedelics please visit Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies




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DESIGN MEANING: Life Death Mandala

Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan mandala death skulls drawing

Spiral of Life and Death

Our beginning and our end operate with in the structure of strict universal laws. There is no common occurrence between the two that can be said, as much, to prove us all one people.

In the middle of the mandala is  an abridged version of of the stages of human development. The design works outward in a spiral, starting with the one cell zygote through to the fetus at 23 weeks. Continuing to spiral to the outer ring is the first stage of physical death as the soul leaves the body. Working from an ancient Japanese art form, kusozu, a graphic depiction of the nine stages of death and decay and information from videos about the Body Farm, a government compound where they study the decomposition of bodies left out on the grounds, I came up with five stages of physical death: soul departure, bloating, wasting, consumption by saprotrophs and finally bones.

After physical death comes the journey of the soul. Studying the the belief systems of world wide religions and cultures as well as recorded accounts of near death experiences I tried to the common themes into five stages.

In the first the soul is greeted with feelings of overwhelming peace and love. Symbolically there is often a tunnel or cave as well as a bright light. Next comes the experience of human emotion often categorized as “seeing your life flash before your eyes”. This stage can also involve outside entities that exert these feelings including family members, friends, angels or “guides”. The third stage is the concept of redemption or punishment also known as heaven and hell. For this I used loosely the imagery of Tibetan Buddhist THIRD bardo as it tied into many other belief systems. The spiritual vortexes are hell (fire and ice), the hungry ghost (need and desire), asura ( a place where those needing to exert power over others in life go to learn), animal world (for those souls who have through gluttony have devolved into an unreflective state of animal existence), and heaven (symbolized by a city of light and knowledge). The fourth stage moves us beyond human experience into a place of pure knowledge. This is symbolized by the ancient universal symbol of spiritual intelligence, the serpent. Lastly is the Cosmic, absorption into the presence of God or divine enlightenment, symbolized by the 1000 petal lotus, the all seeing eye of god and the celestial flame.

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Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by threeerincadigan



Know that there is only one God, one consciousness though spoken in different words,

and wisdom given by different people in many different ways.

                                                    –Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

This mandala is symbolic of the idea, One God, Many Paths.

There is so much hatred in the world today because of religious dogma and yet love is at

the root of all religions.

In the center of the mandala is the vesica piscis, a geometric shape created by the circumference

of two same size circles laying on the center point of the other. The mathematical ratio

of the width of the vesica piscis to its height is the square root of 3. The shape has played a part

in many forms of mysticism through out history. Inside of it is the all seeing eye of God.

Surrounding and protecting it is a dodecahedron, one of the platonic solids and

as remarked by Plato in Timaeus 55 …”the god used for arranging the constellations

on the whole heaven”.

The top hand is Buddha’s in it he holds a lotus bud. The hand is held in the position of

the Vitarka Mudra, symbolizing Intellectual argument, discussion.

To the right is the Hand of Fatima. Fatima was the prophet Mohammed’s daughter.

In the center of the eight petal holy flower of Islam is Allah’s name.

The bottom hand is the hand of Jesus Christ. On the wrist is the Rosicrucian rose.

The center of the rose bleeds the stigmata.

To the left is the Jewish Hand of Hamsa or Hand of Miriam. Like the hand of Fatima it is seen

as the hand of God and a protective amulet. In the palm is the Star of David and the implied

center of the Flower of Life.

The web symbolizes that we are all caught in this Earthly plane together.

Blue is considered a spiritual color in religions world wide.

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