Blade of the Monkey Unisex T-Shirt
This design began as a pen and ink illustration for Inktober 2020 (an annual art challenge to produce at least one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October, either of one's own choosing or working from the official prompt list) with the prompt "blade". For the last few years, I've been constraining my Inktober illustrations to my character, Plunger Monkey, which has added a great deal of fun for me. This particular image pays homage to Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal manga, which I love.
The main character is named Manji, which happens to be the name for both the weapon known as a sai to most westerners as well as the name for the swastika. The swastika was a symbol of well-being in Hinduism and Buddhism before it became corrupted, and the main character has one on the back of his kimono. Manji is a rogue warrior, infected with a parasitic worm that causes him to regenerate from injuries and thus be immortal. The story tracks his journey out of his life of killing to one of...well, still killing, but killing bad guys and helping a young girl avenge the murder of her family by a rival sword school. Manji's kimono is also half black, half white, with the symbol the opposite in the middle of his back. Not wanting to cause a stir, and because it made sense to me, I replaced the manji on the kimono with a banana for PMD, as well as gave him a plunger-tsuba (the guard plate on a katana) on the sword. The funky weapon in his left hand is one invented by the creator Hiroaki Samura, and it's one of Manji's favorites.
Generic shirt information:
This t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
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17 shop reviews5 out of 5 stars
I bought this for my youngest son, who loves all things purple and cats. He got a bazillion compliments and comments!
This shirt is super cool! Well made, quick shipping and a fun graphic. The communication with the seller was fantastic! The story behind the graphic is really cool too! I have bought two and can’t wait to give them to family- we have have a tailless cat and are into parkour so it was a perfect choice!
This will be my new favorite shirt! The design is awesome, looks even better in person. Love the plunger monkey! Thanks to the artist for sharing his creation and his dreams.
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