Tara the Malinois Unisex Tee


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Nate Schoemer, the human star of Animal Planet’s weeper From Rescue Dog to Super Dog, has a canine heart and soul himself: warm, affectionate, happy, boundlessly enthusiastic, and brimming with unconditional love for all dogs, yes, even chihuahuas.
He does have a favorite, though: the Belgian Malinois.
For our first collab with a human we admire and aspire to be, we’ve created a series of limited-edition designs using the Malinois as a theme.
An identity portrait is a type of digital silkscreen that is composed of symbolism that make up the subject’s character traits and heritage. Tara the Malinois is named after the Tibetan Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion and action, also know as the savior of souls lost in the karmic cycle of reincarnation known as Samsara.
Here’s Tara’s symbolism in this digital silkscreen identity portrait:
The four elements are represented by the earthen colors of her muzzle, overlayed with Buddhist clouds for air. The water droplets and blue represent life-giving, cleansing purity as she emerges from the Eternal Ocean. The fire in her ears is for her selfless courage, leaping into life-threatening danger to rescue those in need. Her red feathers represent another kind of flame: the purifying fire in which offerings of gratitude are burned.
The purple face mask is an imperial color, marking her as empress of dogs; likewise, the gold of her mane is Chinese imperial yellow, which she wears as a mantle representing absolute power and possession of the Mandate of Heaven; it’s also the color of Eastern monks, signifying sacrifice in devotion to her path.
Her throat and neck crackle with tech circuitry, representing singular, unemotional focus of purpose. The cyan tidal wave down the side of her neck represents the overwhelming disasters she confronts without question, with complete selflessness. The sonar overlay in her ears references her ability to hear sounds that are inaudible to humans — she is ever-alert, and heeding the cries of those in need of rescue, a helping hand, or protection from danger.
We’ve tested a lot of tees — this is one of our top 5, instantly comfortable, clearly durable, the kind that only gets better with time.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz./yd.² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you — and it’s a bit pricier — but every item is hand-checked for quality. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction — you’re doing your bit for the planet. Thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions.

• Traceability:
– Weaving—India, South Korea
– Dyeing—El Salvador, California
– Manufacturing—Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US
• Contains 0% recycled polyester
• Contains 0% dangerous substances


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