Music Mood: Skylark, I Say A Little Prayer & Young Gifted and Black by Aretha Franklin.
Hors Categorie, Acrylic and Sharpie on Cotton. "Hors Categorie", a French term used in cycling for climbs that are "Beyond Categorie". It's the first piece from my evolving thoughts about class in America.
HC is freedom from life's many categories. The front. I use the positive affirmation, "I Am World Class", all the time. I adopted that mindset/mantra in my Wonder Years before a high school service trip. I volunteered in the capital of the Indigenous Native Reservation of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ. I learned alot about the "Nation" and myself during my 2 weeks there. Since it was my first real trip outside of the Philadelphia Area. I invested $20 in a replica 1950's Phillies,"The Whiz Kids", fitted at Mitchell and Ness. It's a requirement that all Philadelphians must travel with at least one item that announces you are from the "215191". If you grow up in Philly you learn that you can go everywhere with World Class mindset because the City makes you pay your dues so that you are prepared to go anywhere in the world and beyond. Shoutout to Guion Buford. The back. Homelessness and Mass Incarceration are two issues that have exploded during my lifetime. They are staring me in the face. I hope that I can help figure out solutions to both while working with others with the same common goals. I hope this shirt helps in some way. "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander influenced the triangle on the back. (I'm grateful that I can hold my focus longer and have incorporated book back into my life.) Enjoy!
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