Gritty Velvet will be releasing the late and great Cleopatra t-shirt this Saturday, April 17 at Guerrilla Garden warehouse for the highly anticipated Firelily bash Electric Punanny. This is not just a shirt, its an art form that has many messages. It represents taking risks and standing on your own such as Cleopatra did. The ankh (Egyptian hieroglyph) in her hair symbolizes the union of man and woman, the key of life. It also represents regeneration of spirit; a fresh start, a new beginning. This is a shirt of evolution.
Here is the initial sketch of Cleopatra. I drew her eyes and eyebrows and we began from there; mi amorcito Filthe helped me to perfect her beautiful face & together we created her. After listening to Erykah Badu's latest album New Amerykah pt. 2 Return of the Ankh just recently I felt it necessary to include the ankh into the drawing, it was as if the stars were aligned right at the correct moment.
Here is the finished product...Enjoy!