Update: And the winners are...
Alexander from Russia!
Stephen from Germany!
Amy -- Comment #11!
Thanks to EsJay for the shirts - and don't forget to read the next blog post.
Today we are giving away three custom t-shirts from EsJay Designs' Classic Kingdom collection. Joe is the visual artist behind the designing duo, who started out as high school sweethearts and now run the company together. The Kingdom line of t-shirts was inspired by -- you guessed it -- the animal kingdom. If you look closely at the shirts pictured below, you'll see a moody king of the jungle and a hungry shark, not to mention a pouty 'king of beasts' without his crown.
The other half of EsJay Designs is Sandra, who handles everything that is not drawing. If you take a look at their website, I'm sure you'll agree that Sandra has considerable artistic talent of her own. The site looks great! Sandra and Joe operate out of Harlem, so if you ever do that New York trip you have been planning, you might look them up and ask them to show you the new collection. For now, though, all the animals live in virtual cages - check out their site to see the whole Kingdom line and lots of other hoodies, tees and more.
Although it is a bit early in the month, today's post is about another December tradition, Kwanzaa. Not a Christmas tradition by any means, Kwanzaa actually begins on December 26 and lasts until the start of the new year in January. Each of the seven days is dedicated to one of the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles.
Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition, meaning it started as a movement by Blacks in the United States. It strives to be international and pan-African in focus, however. At the root of Kwanzaa (and Pan-Africanism for that matter) is the belief in Africa as a united continent and an alternative source of traditions from the prevalent (white European) holiday tradition.
There is a lot more to write about Kwanzaa, especially since this is a relatively new holiday tradition that many people may not know much about. For now, though, we'll start with a video from The Black Candle, a film about Kwanzaa -- and are looking forward to all your comments!