Ye’s Were Open

Maybe it is a bit misleading. We (the web shop) are still open and at the same time not open yet. I told you earlier, we are working (hard) to refresh, improve and professionalize our web shop. Almost there, within a week, Yeah!

But this is not what this design is about. The walnut is representing the human brain, but more so, the ‘mind’. What is in our minds is usually strong rooted and shaped by many experiences and stories. As we grow older the more clammed some minds get. That is why this welcoming sign is hammered straight in to the cortex. Yes we are, sometimes insecure, sometimes afraid, and sometimes rigid but always open!

This design is for sale at our web shop and on sale> 15%Off 

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A few nice items on the subject:




‘Sad Mammal’

The day after a sunlit spring experience is a bit of a grey day, nondescript, not significant, not poetic at all.  A day as many days,  sandwiched in between’ yesterday and tomorrow. Tomorrow will be promising again. Looking forward to it!

Speaking of poetry:

“Considering coldly, impartially, that man is sad, coughs and nevertheless takes pleasure in his reddened chest; that the only thing he does is to compose himself with days; that he is a gloomy mammal and combs his hair”.

César Vallejo.

This poem was inspiration for design Sad Mammal. It created an image in my mind of an elderly guy standing in front of his bathroom mirror. wondering were the years and his hair had gone. While contemplating he combs and models the few hairs left on his scalp. This image made me laugh, the gloomy sad mammal…..

César Vallejo poetry foundation


God = Nature



It is springtime! Yes, love it. Every spring life explodes. Little life like flies and bugs too. Annoying for one, a spectacle for others.

In primary school my teacher always said (and Darwin before him); there’s no God but nature. I believed that and still believe this.

This design Nature = God is available @

bbc nature documentary

‘Not Easy Being Green’

It is not easy being green” is a famous quote from a green Muppet frog called Kermit. Kermit was referring to him self, his destiny wearing his green skin, and during romantic endeavours with miss Piggy. He suffered from self-pity in a very charming way. But his words covered a lot more, maybe more than he realized back in the happy Jim Hanson years.

It is ‘not easy being green’ > if you live in Russia and being critical to the corruption of Medvedev or the Poetin administration. Or being critical to the regime what’s so ever.

It is not easy being green if you are Turkish and not in favour of the rising new dictator called Erdogan.


It is not easy being green if you are a Muslim in a polarized world. Caught in between two extremes. Not Muslim enough for the Muslim fundamentalist, not western enough for the populist.

It is not easy being green if your name is Jesse Klaver, in for the race to the new ‘right’- ‘middle’ oriented Dutch cabinet. What’s there to win; a lot! What’s there to lose? His electorate> see what happened earlier.

It is not easy being green in a globalized world, with rapidly increasing populations and many mouths to feed.

But it might be the only reasonable thing to do.

Become green, stay Human!










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‘Blocking the Sun’

Yes it’s true, Trump wants to get rid of the Obama Care.  The voting at the  House of Representatives is postponed, because it can’t get a majority vote on the matter. Trump is not happy and grunts, “It’s all or nothing“. The republicans are divided on the matter.  The moderat part of the right wing is pro Obama care and against the Health Care Act, because they fear it only gets worse. And the redneck, Tea party part of the republican party thinks even the Trump ‘Health Care Act’ is not sufficient enough. Trump is caught in the middle. Let’s hear a prudent ‘Hurrah’ for the democratic system. Sometimes it puts a hold of progressive idea’s, but in this case it is the dam that turns the flood. 

I am not American, but Dutch and coming from what we used to call a National Health Fund, what earlier used to be governed by the state but currently  becomes more and more a victim of free market forces.

I believe strongly that everyone regardless their income should have acces to healthcare. It should be a basic principal in our so called civilized worlds, to care for one and other, to care for the lesser gods. The rich can spare more and the poor can spare less, it’s that simple.

Trumps voters believed that he was the voice of the forgotten ones. Now, if this isn’t prove that he has no eye for the forgotten ones at all, I do not know what does!

Design ‘Blocking the Sun’, is all about the haves  v.s. the have nots. In our case we sauced it with bit of humor, but the message should be clear.

Artwearness chooses to act in a humane way, taking account of the world around us and giving you some thing to chew on once in a while……

Coincidentally design ‘Blocking the Sun’: is also at sale this month, it’s true!

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New design ‘ Alley Oop’ @ Artwearness

Design Alley Oop is a salute to basketball, the most creative of all sports (sorry, not a real sports fan), but it is also a metaphor for achieving your goals by aiming right, taking risks. Not seldom ballet and modern dance moves are being used to score.  Twirling and twisting……And besides the design itself is just a nice graphic.

Dennis Rodman is modeling (fictive) our shirt with the print here. Why did we pick Dennis Rodman of all people? He is controversial and a bit extreme.

The part of being friends with Kim Young Un is really offensive and odd, to say the least. But this rough boy has a soft side too. He made a statement against fur! Which is utterly cool in a world were recently wearing fur is becoming very common again.

Dennis Rodman, regardless of what you might think of him, is a totally unique and original human being. Thats a feature to cherish in a world were everybody seems to look and act like each other.

Here here for the colorful people!!

It Rains Shirts

It rains shirts, it is pouring. Fortunately it is not causing a flood like in Peru, but a continuous stream of new ideas and designs.

Nevertheless, mentioning Peru; images of the flood, rivers running trough streets and destroying houses, constantly on my mind. On the other hand draught, like in some parts of Africa right now, is also a real killer.

The latest news on climate change is that we entered an new era that no scientist could predict so far, temperature and catastrofe wise. The best part is that living in the damp and cold Netherlands, is getting better. No one here will resist to the idea of a few degrees warmer. Other parts of the world will become desserts, wetlands or too hot to live.

That is why Artwearness supports the Green and honest way of doing busyness. This is why we do not offer you a shirt for a few euro’s. We offer you a shirt with a great original design and a clear conscious. By choosing for sustainable T shirts (Stella and Stanley) with eye for the welfare of the earth and the people on the cottonfields. No modern slavery but fairtrade. No polluted cottons but bio cotton. No enormous stocks but printing on demand.

In the future we would like to make the transport wrap more sustainable too. That is step two.


So do you believe it’s time to make a chance? Pay a little more, because you can, maybe buy a little less, to work on a better, fairer world?

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Power Woman


Why is the globe mainly controlled by men? What is the greater benefit for this ‘mans world’. To quote James Brown back in the sixties : What would it be without a woman or a girl”.  It would be much more dull and the world would not be round but square. Theres a statement about woman and war: that no mother would gladly send her young ones to war. I think that’s a true thing.

It is almost forgotten but next to colored, gay, disabled people, woman are still a big discriminated group, maybe the largest in the world. That is why we should celebrate every brave woman who stands up to the oppression of her kind. In our western society maybe not a big deal, but new heroins claiming space in the middle east is a big deal.

An interesting documentary of ‘Tegenlight’ VPRO. (in dutch) see below.


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‘The Masses’

The Masses, what about them? The masses choose to be unique and original but not all by them selves.  Unfortunately is the choice by large numbers often no risk and middle of the road. There’s absolutely no harm in being average, most people are. But to be truly original, you have to follow your own track with the risk of not being acknowledged. But with the benefit of being free of mind and choice. As far as anyone can be truly free.