Friday, February 19, 2010

Conscious Hustler.

:Le sigh:
This has been such an inspirational week. I recently read an incredible article on women rights that has me over the moon! And now to continue this inspirational streak I came across- 1SOUL DESIGN. 1SOULDESIGN is a New York based-clothing label part of an artistic movement named Conscious Hustler. Their t-shirts are designed to be thought provoking and bring awareness to our social responsibility via the art of fashion.

The T-Shirts range from images of the great Fela Kuti to empowering messages like "Fear no Pig".
Even though the label is based in NYC, you can easily order their shirts on-line.

Your body is a blank canvas, why not paint it with the voice of your soul?


   

 

(Image via: 1SOULDESIGN)

5 comments:

  1. Fear No Pig is such a complex statement that can easily be taken to the extreme. Is it stating that we should not live with the fear of a possible oppressionist regime or is it stating that we need to defy common law and order to show that we are rebellious? How you take and represent this statement can either show true empowerment or just show the lack of understading the need to work positively to achieve a greater unity. The shirt is definitely screaming out loud but what others are hearing might not be what you said.

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  2. I hear you! I also felt that way about the 'Fear No Pig' shirt...it really can be misconstrued and therefore, not really productive in the conversation of our people's empowerment. It feels negative. There are "pigs" with families who help lives everyday...there are legitimate "pigs" too...why not invest in our children, the food they eat, the books they read...teach em about all the amazing scholars and quotes.

    There is strength in the IDEA of this line...but that shirt turned me off and probably a lot of other people who could be TURNED ON to something positive. And then, you're making a living off this negativity?

    Keep true, brother.

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  3. How many leaders for justice in our communities have been murdered by the pigs. How many leader from around the world have been murdered by the PIGS from the USA? (how much do you know about cointelpro?) How many innocent youth have been beaten, shot in the back, tear gassed, baton's up rectum, jailed and killed. When I say don't 'FEAR NO PIG' That means...

    Do not be afraid of being a leader fighting for justice, empowering the disenfranchised and creating a positive change.

    FIST UP!


    In the name of...

    Patrice Lumumba
    Che Guevara
    Pedro Albizu Campos
    Malcolm X
    Samora Machel
    Stephen Biko
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Huey P. Newton
    Fred Hampton
    Oscar Grant
    Rodney King
    Abner Louima
    Amadou Diallo
    Sean Bell
    Patrick Dorismond
    Ousmane Zongo
    Randolph Evans
    Jimmie Lee Jackson

    FOR YOU AND SO MANY MORE...
    you are not forgotten!

    (If you don't know them read!)

    Do not be afraid of being a leader fighting for justice, empowering the disenfranchised and creating a positive change.

    FIST UP!


    If you are not aware of the police terrorism please research it today:

    in the name of...

    Patrice Lumumba
    Che Guevara
    Pedro Albizu Campos
    Malcolm X
    Samora Machel
    Stephen Biko
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Huey P. Newton
    Fred Hampton
    Oscar Grant
    Rodney King
    Abner Louima
    Amadou Diallo
    Sean Bell
    Patrick Dorismond
    Ousmane Zongo
    Randolph Evans
    Jimmie Lee Jackson

    FOR YOU AND SO MANY MORE...
    you are not forgotten!

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  4. Warrior AllianceMarch 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    "Piggy backing" off the brother with his fist up, please recognize that Police earned the title of PIG because it fit. Corruption and abuse of power led to this label. Surprise surprise, it stuck! The FACT of the matter is the label pig may not apply to all policemen. Another fact in this matter is that it applies to MANY! It is important to be critical of works of art, of which Conscious Hustler is. Still, it is as important not to dilute serious dialogue and taint the image of an artist, or in this case (I'd argue) a movement, because we get caught up on one aspect of the art/movement, thereby distracting folks from the bigger picture/message. 1Soul is about something. It sends many messages. Powerful, empowering messages. Recognize the good intent in the work. Of course perception is important... AND so is voice! Thank you MC for speaking up in this very powerful way.

    Warrior Alliance

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  5. I second and third the posts above... just a little less militantly... Is that a word? Militantly? In any event, I just want a shirt that says "Fear No Pig"!

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