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A blue, hand screen-printed, artist t-shirt featuring Italian footballer Mario Balotelli. The Italiano Nero is the Black Italian. Created by Carolyn Castaño. (MENS)


I am Italian, I feel Italian, I will forever play with the Italy national team. - Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli born Mario Barwuah is an Italian striker with A.C. Milan and the Italian national team. Born in Palermo, Sicily to Ghanian immigrants. Placed in foster care, he was raised by an Italian Jewish family, the Balotellis. He is described as having become "indifferent" to his parents and took the Balotelli name.

Balotelli is one of the most exciting players in Europe. He is also one of Europe's most maligned players, the object of a never ending string of racial slurs, verbal abuse, and polite attacks on his work ethic, discipline, maturity. After a car accident in the UK, the police asked the millionaire footballer why he is carrying so much cash. "Because I am rich." His other slogan is "Why always me?"

Mario Balotelli and those around him weep. In June 2012, he dedicated his goals at the Euro 2012 final to his foster mother Silvia, ran to embrace her as she wept. In February 2014, it was reported that Balotelli wept after being substituted, then it was reported that he did not weep. Why always me? Because I'm a rich Italiano Nero.


The shirt is the creation of visual artist Carolyn Castaño ( Her Balotelli shirt is a Royal Blue American Apparel, blue being a color of the Azzurri. On the front Balotelli weeps under the words Italiano Nero - Black Italian. On the back is his name and number. All images and text drawn by Castaño in white ink. Each shirt is silkscreened by hand by Castaño.


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Mario Balotelli Blue T-Shirt - “Italiano Nero" - Womens - Created by Carolyn Castaño, selected by Africa is a Country

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: screen print, plastisol ink, American Apparel, cotton, tshirt
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 1 reviews
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