It’s been a while since I updated, this shirt was made almost a month ago. It was a request made by my friend and co-worker. The design and concept came with a story that forced me to think not just about the art but also what it means. The image is of the Azadi Tower in Iran, which was built originally built to commemorate the Persian legacy, it was renamed Azadi (Freedom in Farsi) in 1979 after the fall of the shah of Iran. I learned that my friend still has a lot of family in Iran, and participated in protests which not prevent her from visiting them again under this current regime. With the current struggles in Iran and the Mid-East as a whole I thought it was relevant and touching, and was proud to design this shirt for her. Especially on this day which marks the anniversary of the 2009 protest following a rigged election that kept current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power.
A little about the design. Colors were created with a double split screen of green, white, and green again (colors of the movement). I had to do about 8 test pulls before the colors blended correctly. The Farsi words below from right to left read Azadi, which means Freedom.
I don’t like to be publicly political but by virtue of this design, I felt compelled to provide a context and story that I hope you all enjoy.