Guardians Shirt

This t-shirt features the 'Guardians' design, perhaps currently the best example of Louie's trend-setting merger of cultural themes. The primary design consists of two Chinese Guardian Lions (aka Fu Dogs) created using a mix of Northwest Coast and Coast Salish design elements. Louie decided to explore this theme after recognizing the overlapping (common) purpose of guardian lions and Coast Salish house posts, which both identify and protect important spaces.

The original 8' x 8' painting was created in 2013 for the Wing Luke Museum's "Cultural Confluences: People of Native and Asian Heritage" exhibition. In 2015, Louie was commissioned by the City of Seattle to paint a variation of this design on a bentwood box for Xi Jinping, the President of China.

  • Red base
  • Printed in Seattle.
  • 100% cotton shirt, pre-shrunk
  • Unisex size

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Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, is a self-taught artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. He got his start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, and began applying his artwork to accessibly-priced products. Louie’s unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.

  • Machine wash, 105°F (40°C) or cooler.
  • Dry normal, medium heat.
  • Non-chlorine bleach if needed.
  • Do not dry clean.

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