"Men like swords can be forged in fire , those who change with every burning become the most formidable of weapons"-Michael Kurcina.
Original sketch 2018
Our tyger represents power, beauty, fierceness, revolution, unpredictability, and we ask modern men to challenge conformity just as Blake did against the soul crushing workings of the Industrial Revolution and human labor that stifles man. Release your inner energy against it. Fight against being a cliche and that means not being earth bound with your thinking.
Our artwork is is a modern look inspired by William Blake's poem The Tyger.
"The Tyger" is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection. "The Tyger" is the sister poem to "The Lamb" (from "Songs of Innocence"), a reflection of similar ideas from a different perspective (Blake's concept of "contraries"), with "The Lamb" bringing attention to innocence. "The Tyger" presents a duality between aesthetic beauty and primal ferocity, and Blake believes that to see one, the hand that created "The Lamb", one must also see the other, the hand that created "The Tyger”: "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?"
Our illustration has a sword, tiger, moth, olive branch and M4 Rifles. What can you make of this symbolism?
Dutch Moyer retired SOF SF/SMU wearing our sick shirt!
"A man can change his nature no more easily than a hungry tiger can change its stripes, until he loses his scent and taste for the natural in order to hunt the supernatural. He must abandon all that he think he knows, those ideas about limitations and permissions, if he wants to start feeling like he's gaining ground and making a killing. Sometimes he must go a different path from the streak. Perhaps he must start small before he can envision hunting big game but he must start. He must abandon old ways of thinking in order to acquire new ways of stalking things that will make him a devastating beast in this wild world."~Michael Kurcina
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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Spotterup promotes the idea of the classical "whole" man found in ancient texts. For our modern day he is theGUNFIGHTER, WRITER, WILDMAN, MONK: Man of Action, Man of Intellect, Man of Emotion, Man of Spirit. This shirt is part of our MONK series. Expect to see many more designs under this archetype.
Consider the Athenian ideal of a balanced education. From the book Greek Realities: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece, By Finley Hooper "They could play some flute but should not neglect wrestling." They avoided the excesses of life. They might focus on music or philosophy but spent enough time so that their bodies did not become soft."