Black Lives Matter: RG Community Artist Submissions


Since we announced our tee initiative on June 4th, we received an overwhelming show of support from artists in our local community who were willing to share their work, offer their voices, and use their talents to further Black Lives Matter.

Because of the large volume of outstanding submissions, we decided to expand the collection to include 5 featured tees, 3 photo prints, and a sticker pack with 5 different stickers. Available now for pre-sale with a ship date starting July 6, 2020.

All profits from the sales of any products from this collection will go directly to causes of the artist’s choice that also align with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

You’ll be able to look through each submission and accompanying write-up below. We’ve included background information from each organization’s website to give you a better idea of where your money will be going.

We’d like to thank everyone who offered their voice and platform to show their support. Let’s keep pushing forward.

PANDENI MUCHALI

Pandeni Muchali, musician and artist based in Vancouver, BC.

My design was inspired by the 1966 Black Panther Party led by Huey Newton, and also the OutKast 2014 reunion tour jumpsuits worn by Andre 3000. My reason for channeling this energy is because of how these ideas and symbols connect the people in terms of what they do and don’t understand in their environment.

All proceeds will go to Humane Society International.

HSI

Humane Society International (HSI) works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond and confront cruelty in all its forms.




CLARE MAGLANOC

Clare Maglanoc, visual creative based in Vancouver, BC.

Intrinsically, I am driven by emotion, culture, and people in all aspects of my life, so it is important that I deliver work reflective of the realities around me. No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police is a short yet powerful message that carries much truth about the broken justice system in America, but is just as prevalent in other parts of the world. I hope this graphic serves as a reminder to be vigilant within our communities and to take every course of action within our reach against all forms of racism.

All proceeds will to go to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.

Black Lives Matter Vancouver

Black Lives Matter Vancouver is local community of Black activists fighting against systemic racialized violence, who aim to bring awareness to the often-invisible plight of marginalized BIPOC communities everywhere. The Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter is organized and developed on the ancestral and unceded land of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.




LAUREN COUTTS

Lauren Coutts, art director and designer based in London, UK. Originally from Vancouver.

I've always been drawn to design as a direct communicative tool within the world. Incorporating personal values or views into work isn't something I often get to engage in, but am always excited by.

The phrase I've chosen to use, one bad apple spoils the bunch is an idiom which I feel applies across a variety of important topics today. Wrongdoing in an organization or group, no matter how seemingly small, can easily have an overall corrupting effect on an entire system, especially if not handled promptly or efficiently. Many people in recent days have used the term there's only a few bad apples in defence of the few, and I really want to put context back into the phrase; reminding back to the full idiom, that it in fact that it spoils the whole bunch. Responsibility and accountability needs to be taken as a collective group.

All proceeds will to go to Hogan's Alley Society

Hogan's Alley Society

Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization of activists, professionals, artist, academics, and organizations committed to educating the community about the racialized and physical erasure of Hogan’s Alley: which was home to Vancouver’s Black population. HAS adopts a research driven approach rooted in historical accuracy, recognition and celebration, while building future infrastructure for BIPOC communities to equally participate in affordable, city building initiatives.




DONNEL GARCIA

Donnel Garcia, artist based in Vancouver, BC.

My design is based on vintage Marathon T-shirts. I believe our call for change won’t happen overnight. It will be a constant fight. One that requires us to restructure our minds, reevaluate our words and actions, and celebrate black lives. The phrase "Sprint into Action for the Long-Run Evolution" means we should take immediate action, but also brace ourselves, for this a marathon in which our society will evolve into something more beautiful than where we are now. No matter if our pace slows down a mile or two, it’s okay. As long as we're constantly pushing forward. Strong and Steady wins the Race.

All proceeds will go to Hogan's Alley Society.

Hogan’s Alley Society

Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization of activists, professionals, artist, academics, and organizations committed to educating the community about the racialized and physical erasure of Hogan’s Alley: which was home to Vancouver’s Black population. HAS adopts a research driven approach rooted in historical accuracy, recognition and celebration, while building future infrastructure for BIPOC communities to equally participate in affordable, city building initiatives.




CASANDRA PARTO

Casandra Parto, visual artist with a background in design based in Vancouver, BC.

If there are any learnings to be taken away from today’s climate, it is that we are stronger together. This design pays homage to both past and present forces of unity. As it has for decades, the raised fist symbolizes unity for many civil rights movements, but most notably Black Power. Currently, the black square on social media is the viral international symbol of 2020’s ‘Blackout Tuesday’ - an online peaceful protest for racism and police brutality. Individuals and organizations are coming together to stand up for what is right and what matters

All proceeds will go to Hogan’s Alley Society. It is important to start by helping those in our own backyard, so we would love to start locally. 

Hogan’s Alley Society

Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization of activists, professionals, artist, academics, and organizations committed to educating the community about the racialized and physical erasure of Hogan’s Alley: which was home to Vancouver’s Black population. HAS adopts a research driven approach rooted in historical accuracy, recognition and celebration, while building future infrastructure for BIPOC communities to equally participate in affordable, city building initiatives.




JEREMY JUDE LEE

Jeremy Jude Lee, photographer based in Vancouver, BC.

I’ve never believed that I was the sole author of my portraits of other people. There is always something that draws a photographer towards their subject matter, whether it be the beauty you see from a culture, or the authenticity you see within a person.

This image was created in collaboration with Gabe Gibbs, a professional basketball coach from Detroit MI, based in Vancouver, BC.

All proceeds will go towards Gabe’s 3-year-old niece Madison, to support her in her fight against cancer.

Madison’s Fight Against Cancer

All funds donated from the sale of this tee will be directed to a GoFundMe initiative started by Madison’s uncle Gabe Gibbs, on behalf of her immediate family. Any money raised will be used to cover the cost of her medical expenses, supplies and living costs, as her father will be unable to work due to her required 24/7 care.




CHRIS DANFORTH

Chris Danforth, writer, editor and photographer based in Vancouver, BC. He has contributed to publications like Hypebeast, Highsnobiety and Complex, and he has produced commercial work for brands like Adidas and Gucci.

This photo of Young Thug was taken in 2018.

All proceeds will go to Just Georgia a fund established in response to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick.

Just Georgia

Just Georgia is a community of activists, attorneys, and organizations seeking justice for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The movement sees institutional accountability as the first step. Just Georgia aims to better equip its black citizens at the local level, to better respond to ongoing systemic harms, with an end goal of unhinging systems of oppression that have negatively impacted Black Georgians for decades.




GABRIEL GALEDO

Gabriel Galedo, photographer based based in Surrey, BC.

I took these photos on May 31/2020, at the first BLM Rally in Vancouver, which was held at the Art Gallery. I hope these photos embody the individuality of each person, and the community of movement in our city.

All proceeds will go to Know Your Rights Camp - I believe in educating our youth, and the future outcome of our shared uprising. My family is from San Francisco, and even as a fan of the 49ers, it was very distressing to see how Colin Kaepernick was treated for believing in this cause. I believe in the platform of sports, and athletes representing more than just their game.

Know Your Rights Camp

Know Your Rights Camp takes a developmental approach when it comes to affecting change. Through youth education, self-empowerment, and mass-mobilization, the Know Your Rights organization aims to liberate Black and Brown communities and has seen a 274% increase in active participants, from 7 major American cities.




HANA

Hana, artist based in Vancouver, BC.

I grew up in Vancouver and have witnessed the communities around us experience racism and discrimination in many forms. There has been a lack of immediate action, towards improvement in our Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ+ communities. However, we all know too well it does not stop here in Vancouver.

As I’ve begun living life and connecting with individuals of all groups, specifically the black community, my friendships have developed into deep and loving connections, and on countless occasions, I’ve been a confidant to the horrific stories of injustice both directly and indirectly affecting these individuals.

This one piece is from a collection, that depicts the pain and mental toll of oppression due to darker skin colour. Chain motifs and chaos surrounds the figures, leaving us to wonder how much more is left to see and do before being left completely drained. Watching on social media and being idle during a significant movement when you have the privilege to do so, means we are leaving those who need us to hang dry. This all feels really personal for me, and it soon became a means to connect with my circle of like-minded BIPOC friends through the ignorance we’ve faced. Now is an urgent time for us all to do more than the minimum for our brothers and sisters who are facing unimaginable pain, discrimination and violence. It is time for us to do better and hold others accountable.

All proceeds will go to Black Women In Motion.

Black Women in Motion

Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth led organization committed to the advancement of black women, while providing support for survivors of sexual violence. Focused on creating intersectional and inclusive spaces of education and healing for black women, BWIM is fully organized around Black women leadership and engagement. BWIM actively partners with community agencies and projects to fully eliminate discrimination at all organizational levels.




COSETTE

COSETTE (Antonio, Adrian, Bryan, Bronte, DJ, Marcus), artists based in Vancouver, BC.

Ask yourself: Who is currently keeping you safe? The police are an institution that have proved themselves only capable of providing safety and security to a select few. Abolish the police and prison industrial complex. Dissent is our duty.

Black Lives matter more than property, product, and capital. Black Lives Matter now and always.

All proceeds will go to National Bail Out.

National Bail Out

National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist lawyers and activists seeking to end systems of mass incarceration and pretrial detention that disproportionately affect Black people America. The NBO collective provides employment opportunities, community support, and leadership, with the end goal of reforming bail practices and eliminating pretrial detention.




LYTCHI

Lytchi (James, Dom, Raymund), artists based in Vancouver, BC.

Lytchi, hailing from Asian descent, understands that our brand benefits from a culture, fundamentally cultivated through generations of African-American tradition and heritage.

Moreover, we understand that we cannot empathize with the injustice that the Black community has faced for centuries. Thus, standing in allyship, our submission hopes to use such privilege and opportunity to relay a positive message whilst moving the conversation forward.

All proceeds will go to Black Arts Vancouver to aid in continuing their programs.

Black Arts Vancouver

Black Arts Vancouver is a community-led organization working to support and foster the free expression of BIPOC youth, through volunteer led workshops and fully funded exhibition events. Focused on the construction of Black identity and narratives, BAV aims to cultivate a collaborative space where BIPOC youth can educate as well as engage in different forms of Black art and culture.




JYU

Max, artist based in New York City.

Black Lives Matter. Keep donating!

All proceeds will go to Black Art Futures.

Black Art Futures

Black Art Futures Fund is a community of philanthropists promoting the holistic celebration and preservation of Black arts and culture. Seeking to create a future where Black art and culture can thrive, its members secure funding through grant making, board-matching and organization-to donor cultivation, in order to provide grants of ($750k or less) to help support external organizations working to enhance Black arts and culture.




SATCHI SALUBRE

Satchi Salubre, artist based in Vancouver, BC.

I am a Filipino woman who had the privilege of studying design and am blessed to be able to share messages that matter. As we continue on this pursuit of justice, it is important that we aid the world with the right language of abolishment. This shirt provides just that and allows the viewer to seek more answers.

As the great Toni Morrison said, “...Just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

Power to all the Black voices silenced by police brutality.

All proceeds will go to the National Congress of Black Women Foundation (NCBWF).

National Congress of Black Women Foundation

The National Congress of Black Women Foundation was founded in Vancouver in 1984 to promote and facilitate activities and programs that advance and recognize Black women and their families. NCBWF is a registered charity, operating at the national level, that has been instrumental in enriching Vancouver’s black diaspora through community-based services, education fundraising, and training to help further its member’s leadership skills, community responsibility, and sense of social justice.




Pre-sales can be found in the RG Community page.