When I re-launched this site in it’s current form a few months ago, I knew I wanted it to be more than a blog. I love to write and the focus of Static Made is clearly on the written word, but you can also find experiments such as the Static Made Podcast that augment the writing and curation that happen here.
Creativity is a pillar of the mission here and since the re-lauch I’ve been thinking about ways to transcend digital devices with the creative work published here. I knew I wanted it to be tactile and I knew I wanted it to be artistic. It’s also important to me that the initiative not only help keep the lights for Static Made, but it must also fairly compensate the artists and designers who might be involved with the project.
Today I’m happy to announce the Static Made Artist Series. The first installment comes from Justin Visnesky, a Pittsburgh-based photographer and designer. Justin’s creation for the series is Give Me Liberty, a limited edition graphic t-shirt.
Justin has this to say about his edition:
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death. Those words have stuck with me from the first time I heard them as a kid in school until now, as a 30 something husband and father. They’ve always been there, in the back of my mind, hanging out, telling me how to live. It isn’t so much the context that stuck with me, but rather the brashness of the statement. Those words embody the punk ethos and symbolize my ideal version of America. They stand for everything I love about this country, no matter how battered and bruised it gets.”
Give Me Liberty is now available. Printed on a unisex tri-blend American Apparel track shirt in “athletic grey,” the design is one color. The front displays Justin’s design while the back has a small Static Made logo between the shoulder blades.
Orders will be taken for two weeks and will close on Friday, June 8. At that time the design will be retired and no more shirts will be printed.