Designed by local Denver artist, BAKEMONO0504, this t-shirt is inspired by the Japanese art of 'kintsugi'. The golden cracks within the letters stating 'I am not broken' draw from the 'kintsugi' philosophy that we may learn how to see beauty through the reinvention of ourselves.
From the artist: "This healing process makes us stronger than before and, where we once felt weakened, we radiate with resilience. I believe we are the demons we talk about and maybe instead ridding ourselves of these demons who are actually us, we can heal these demons. Turn our scars into a gold bond that holds us together."
50% of the proceeds for these t-shirts will be donated to the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) and to the Asian Mental Health Collective. APDC is an organization that exists to serve and support all immigrant, and refugee communities with whole health, community-based engagement approach through health, education, and advocacy. The Asian Mental Health Collective's mission is to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community - they aspire to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.
This t-shirt feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester) • Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester • Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester • Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2) • Pre-shrunk fabric • Side-seamed construction • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
Who knew that the softest hoodie you'll ever own comes with such a cool design. You won't regret buying this classic streetwear piece of apparel with a convenient pouch pocket and warm hood for chilly evenings.
• 100% cotton face
• 65% ring-spun cotton, 35% polyester
• Front pouch pocket
• Self-fabric patch on the back
• Matching flat drawstrings
• 3-panel hood
The Japanese Arts Network has teamed-up with Next Gen JA Colorado to create this fun "DEN-BA" (Denver in katakana) t-shirt! Order yours today, and represent the vibrant and diverse Japanese and Japanese American Colorado community wherever you go!
About Next Gen JA: Next Gen JA is a community of like-minded individuals in Colorado who have varying connections to Japan + Japanese American culture. We gather once a month in a casual setting to serve as a sounding board for one another's ideas, thoughts, questions, challenges, goals and aspirations. We support local + national programs and organizations with their initiatives and endeavors, and we envision an inclusive community that challenges and re-defines what it means to be "JA".
About the Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE):
The Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE) is a national resource for artistic collaboration and connection. We provide access to resources and develop programs and platforms that support and strengthen visibility for JaJA (Japanese and Japanese-American) Artists in America who create with ‘cultural intention’ and are vital to society. We are dedicated to bringing together artists, communities, and stakeholders by celebrating and advancing Japanese arts experiences in America.