We express a lot about who we are through our graphic tees. From the music, art, and design that inspires us, to the social and environmental causes we care about and try to promote, we see them as a vital means of communication, and always try to rise to the level of our favorite examples of the genre. This week, we're releasing 3 graphic tees that speak to the many currents that run through Noah's DNA.
Rembrandt's The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is the painting here, beneath the biblical quote that inspired it. In the story from the Gospel of Mark, Christ's followers became terrified when they encountered a storm that threatened to destroy their boat. Christ, who'd been asleep, was woken up by their cries and asked, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" before calming the wind and waves. To us, it's a reminder that sometimes you have to trust your ideals and carry on, even when we're all going through a lot and the world looks like it may be shipwrecked; even when this very painting, which was one of the masterpieces stolen from the Gardner museum in Boston, remains missing.
The Angel of the Waters is the sculpture at the top of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. In addition to crowning one of the great public spaces in the city (and one of its biggest fountains), we love the history of the sculpture and what it represents. It was commissioned to commemorate the 1842 opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which brought a dependable supply of fresh water from upstate reservoirs. The Angel holds a lily in one hand and blesses the water of the fountain beneath her with the other, signifying the purity and necessity of this critical natural resource, without which New York as we know it couldn't exist. It was designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman commissioned to produce a major work of public art in the city.
It would be a disservice to the tradition of great graphic tees to only produce ones with weighty themes, so it's fair to say here that we really just wanted to see this bulldog wearing a sailor hat.