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Blake Hamster (Munich)

Blake Hamster (Munich)

The DAA (designers against aids) shirt was Blake Hamsters first release.
The redesign of Bernhard Willhelm's shirt ties in with connotations of
his original dinosaur motive: »wild love/sex«, »strength« and
»protective skin«. Building on these themes, Blake Hamster gave the
sleeves the protective look of a knight's armour and based the design
of the shirt's body on the famous Nibelungen saga. On the back of the
shirt, between the scapulas, we drew a cross just as Kriemhild did on
the robe of Siegfried the dragon slayer. According to the legend,
Siegfried had bathed in dragon blood to tan his skin and become
invulnerable. The cross marked the spot where a leaf of a linden tree
fell on Siegfried's body while bathing, leaving a single point of
vulnerability. Kriemhild«s intention was to let the knight Hagen von
Tronje know where to protect her husband and she did so without telling
Siegfried. Both were betrayed by Hagen von Tronje when he killed
Siegfried. The inside of the shirt shows the leaf of the linden tree as
well as quotes of Nibelungenlied that describe the betrayal. Blake
Hamster's aim with this redesign was to address the issues of
protection and trust – two components in today's relationships of love
and sex that are critical for successfully reducing the rate of HIV
infections.

www.blakehamster.com

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