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Black Lives Matter Black Metal Logo

Ever since the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA, I wanted to have a Black Lives Matter shirt. Actually, a year ago when I was at a metal show a saw a guy show up in a Black Lives Matter shirt and thought that was bad-ass and awesome of them. But I wanted one that was more "me". I tend to love bold shirts, but I wanted something that was a little more subtle and different, and while it may take a moment to see it, when you did, it was a nice payoff.

So I came up with a Black Metal Logo-style version of "Black Lives Matter".

In terms of process, I went through about 2 months of frustration when I finally realized the best way to do this was to just literally write what I wanted and then just ink over that and work on the final design free-hand. Instead of everything being planned, the vast majority of this was done without a real plan. On top of that, this is the first time I ever inked an entire piece with only a brush!

The symbol in the middle is supposed to be an African symbol of Strength, and from there there are roots running through the entire piece that symbolize the roots of everyone in this nation, black or otherwise, and how we're all connected and how that gives us strength. The trees symbolize reaching up, the swamp is just metal but also represents the South. The chains represents the struggles we once went through, and the black fists represent overcoming obstacles. On the ends of the "M" and "R"are African symbols for endurance, which I thought lent itself well to the fists. The shaky line in the middle represents two things: the sounds of people standing up for themselves in a good day, and the fact that "lives" matter, so it also represents a heart beat. The top of the "B" and "S" also feather-off on purpose since the entire top is supposed of sort of "fly away" in freedom.

Finally an American Flag because I'm still a proud American.

There's a lot going on if you really are interested, but if nothing else it looks awesome and you can "kinda" read it easily, but not too easily, but that was all the point. Enjoy!
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