SHIRTS ON THIS PAGE AT A GLANCE:
DESCRIPTION: Light beige shirt with Red heart on front surrounded by a hunter green border of people holding hands. Some are in wheelchairs. Inside the heart it says: "Within the heart of each community, everyone belongs." On back there is a dictionary format definition of the word belong also in hunter green. It reads: Belong, verb. 1: to feel and be a part of. i.e. of a community, a workplace, a neighborhood or school; 2: to enjoy a sense of contribution, value, self-worth 3: to truly believe one is a natural and equal part of the whole 4: comfortable, safe, cared for, welcome.
The concept of belonging is a no brainer. So why do
people still exclude? Fear? Probably. This is one of my
favorite shirts. I designed it for friends at Ohio Public
Images for DD Month in March of 95. Check out their
address in the friends section.
DESCRIPTION: Hunter green shirt with beautiful orange, black and red artwork on front of symbols deplicting the phrase "Not greater than, Not less than, but Equal to".
Spread the "One big US Theory"
DESCRIPTION: Big yellow light bulb and white letters on black rectangle on front of cedar color shirt. Sizes 2X and above have same artwork on hunter green shirt. Sweatshirts are all hunter green. There is one of my quotes next to the light bulb. It reads: "If there is such a thing as Us and Them, it is not between black and white, old and young, disabled and non, male and female, gay and straight, catholic, protestant, buddhist, etc., etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. It is between those who get it and those who do not."
Too much of our societal angst comes from the sharp focus
we tend to place on the differences we see in others. We
get caught up in the "Us and Them" baggage
these differences bring forward. This usually results in
some sort of fear-based reaction: avoidance, alienation,
discrimination. If there is an "Us" and
"Them" it is between those able to see the
painful injustice of segregation and discriminatory
behavior and the need to accept and respect diversity and
those who do not.
DESCRIPTION: Black shirt with the word "Open..." written on front in rainbow blend.
COMMENTS: This shirt begs the question "Open to what?" to which one might reply "What do you have in mind?" Great conversation starter.
Here is the one disability, no, not disability,
handicap (in no way synonymous) so sinister, so
pervasive, it can be found at the very core of man’s
inhumanity to man. It blinds eyes to bigotry and hatred
and closes the mind and heart to thoughts of equity,
respect and new ways of solving archaic problems. We must
work to erradicate it from the planet.
DESCRIPTION: White shirt with a beautiful colorful watercolor of a man with a ramp to his head. Out of his open hat, people of many traditions are zooming out. The caption reads: "Ramp Your Mind."
This shirt begs the question "And just what does
ramping one's mind mean?"...another great
DESCRIPTION: Black shirt with red lettering saying "Understanding makes tolerance unnecessary".
I did this to make the point that far too often we stop
short, settling for mere tolerance of others instead of
true understanding. It is true understanding, after all,
which dispels fear and encourages a sense of true
DESCRIPTION: Gold/yellow, Brick Red, black and white design on front of leaf green shirt. Design includes a native american dreamcatcher with people of different ethnicities and disabilities holding on around it. Each has a heart on their chest with a strand connecting them. Below it says "Together We Can" and real small it says, "Many hearts working as one". Around the design it says, "To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."
A friend in Michigan asked if I could take the people off
the "PEACE" shirt and the dreamcatcher from the
"Together" shirt. This is what our collective
work came up with. It is one of my favorites. Thanks
DESCRIPTION: Gold/yellow, Brick Red, design on front of black shirt. Design includes a stylized sun with red words that say, "Everyone is equal under the sun."
COMMENTS: One of our most striking and popular shirts. Pretty inclusive message.