HIV/AIDS awareness t-shirt I designed for COTAM.org

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World AIDS day on Dec 1st is a reminder that HIV/AIDS affects all of us and it is still a massive international and national issue. Over 1 million people in the US are infected with HIV and approximately 25% of those infected do not know it. It is SO important that we all get tested regularly. For HIV+ individuals it is crucial that we get our blood work done on a regular basis and make sure our treatment is keeping our viral load at an undetecable level. Please check out my HIV educational campaign at Living Positive by Design, supported by Merck.

To remind all of us of this I have designed a t-shirt for Clothing of the American Mind. On the front it says “Love across barriers soothes the heart and cures the soul.” Initially the meaning behind that was to unite HIV- and HIV+ people and remind us that love is a great solution to everything. However the saying can be applied to all difficult, opposite or non-traditional relationships. For the design I played with positive and negative space. The back says “Shame can be fatal. Get tested.”

Shame can be fatal

Shame can be fatal

It may sound harsh but it’s meant to get attention. When people are ashamed of even the possibility of being HIV+ then they are much less likely to get tested and get the medical attention they need. HIV+ individuals need to be vocal about their status until it no longer has the moral judgement attached to it.

50% of the proceeds of the sale of shirts go to benefit NAPWA–National Association of People With Aids—a great organization. Please check out COTAM.org and buy a tee!!

Front graphic

Front graphic

More information below.

Love Across Barriers T-Shirt Designed by Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008, we’re introducing a new t-shirt in collaboration with POZ Magazine to raise funds for the non-profit, the National Organization for People With AIDS (NAPWA).  Designed by Project Runway standout designer Jack Mackenroth, the message this design conveys is one of universal love and respect and that AIDS is a disease that does not discriminate.  The front reads “Love across barriers soothes the heart and cures the soul” while the back sports the quintessential red AIDS ribbon and reminds that “Shame can be fatal.  Get tested.”  Clothing of the American Mind is thrilled to be working with Jack Mackenroth and is honored to be supporting the essential work of NAPWA.  All Love Across Barriers t-shirts are printed on 100% cotton with environmentally-friendly, water-based inks.  For more information on POZ Magazine or the work that NAPWA is doing, visit http://www.poz.com and http://www.napwa.org.

Women’s T-Shirt
http://www.cotam.org/index.php/store/womens/poz-love-across-barriers-women.html
Silver with black and red graphic on front, back & sleeve
Sweatshop-Free :: 100% combed ringspun jersey cotton
Garment dyed & washed; Wash in cold water, dry on low heat or line dry (for no shrinkage)
Sizes Available:  S, M, L & XL
Link to size chart:
http://alternativeapparel.com/Shop/ItemDetails.aspx?ProductID=303&CategoryID=22&Overstock=False&Section=&SectionUrl=&Consumer=Y

Men’s T-Shirt
http://www.cotam.org/index.php/store/mens/poz-love-across-barriers-men.html
Powder blue with black and red graphic on front, back & sleeve
Sweatshop-Free :: 100% combed ringspun jersey cotton
Garment washed, classic, relaxed fit; Wash in cold water, dry on low heat or line dry (for no shrinkage)
Sizes Available:  S, M, L, XL & XXL
Link to size chart:
http://www.alternativeapparel.com/Shop/ItemDetails.aspx?ProductID=124&CategoryID=15&Overstock=False&Section=&SectionUrl=&Consumer=Y

Men’s Vintage T-Shirt
http://www.cotam.org/index.php/store/mens/poz-love-across-barriers-men.html
Vintage white destroyed with black and red graphic on front, back & sleeve
Sweatshop-Free :: 100% cotton
Garment dyed & washed; grinded collar, sleeves & bottom hem; Wash in cold water, dry on low heat or line dry (for no shrinkage)
Sizes Available:  S, M, L & XL
Link to size chart:
http://www.alternativeapparel.com/Shop/ItemDetails.aspx?ProductID=377&CategoryID=15&Overstock=False&Section=&SectionUrl=&Consumer=Y

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4 Responses to “HIV/AIDS awareness t-shirt I designed for COTAM.org”

  1. I love it.

  2. Oh Jack, you can’t get any cuter even if you try, man i got a crush on you… Those shirts are damn pretty, and they looks good on ya’, (oh well, anything you put on looks good on ya’, that’s right)…!!!

  3. alnhouston Says:

    bravo

  4. The T-shirt is great – the message greater!
    If the world would learn to listen we could make great music together!

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