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"Lineage" T-Shirt and Tank Top Available Now

Posted on 29 November 2015

When I started designing t-shirts, all I had was a cheap one-color printing press. The equipment wasn't the best and I wasn't the best screen printer, but I was stoked to be able to print my ideas onto something that I love – graphic t-shirts.

The "Lineage" design was my way of paying homage to Hawaii's Ali'i Nui, Kamehameha the Great or Pai'ea, along with the four Kamehameha that succeeded the man who united our islands. I printed a few, sold them to friends. I printed more and sold more, until I couldn't keep up with the requests and decided to get the t-shirts and tank tops printed from someone who knew what they were doing. I am extremely humbled that people continue to receive the design well.

I am more humbled by the response I get from people that wear the design. Random people stop and ask who is on their t-shirt or tank top, and it starts a dialogue. Culture and knowledge is spread through conversation, and Hawaii's culture cannot die if these conversations continue. Honestly, I think it's cool that a dialogue can be sparked by something as simple as a graphic t-shirt.

-Jake

"Lineage" t-shirts and tank tops available now here.

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