This illustration is based off the Greek Hydra and the Hercules myth. Some deep subject matter to wrestle with this "python": PTSD, physical injuries, loss of friends, lovers etc. Maybe you're a Marine who did a lot of deployments and lost some friends, maybe you're a cop who spends time seeing hard stuff on the streets. Man has an internal struggle after he's battled a beast, and he must battle the beast within himself. He isn't a demigod. He's a regular Joe who is a hero to many. This shirt illustration symbolizes the brotherhood of man, men and women, that seek out and battle bad things.
"WE FIGHT MONSTERS. I'm not afraid of anything in this world that's been seen. I have scars on the inside. My badges of honor. There's a light inside my heart; it's for others to see. I live to show the way to those lost and in pain. And you? Walk with magnificence. Cock of the walk. Lead the way or follow those who use their pain to fight monsters and the injustices in this world"~Michael Kurcina.
The hydra is a crafty monster with many heads. The placement of each sword on the circle represents Hercules anticipating the monster's movements and then striking those heads where they attack. He cuts each head off.
Every piece of Spotterup art represents something deep and powerful! This art represents the cop, the soldier, the mother, the person that fights back against a screwed up world.
We don't care if you have scars from the battlefield, child abuse or divorce. Everyone has a story to tell and they can either follow that long line of men and women who state "woe is me" or they can break from the path and find a new track to follow. Spotterup simply pushes the idea of being your own person, finding solutions to problems, and not being a drag on the world. Learn new things, impart wisdom, build friendships, and learn to not be a slave. There are lots of great sites and communities out there. Well, this one is ours.
Note: Hercules, who subdued and destroyed monsters, bandits, and criminals, was justly famous and renowned for his great courage. His great and glorious reputation was worldwide, and so firmly entrenched that he'll always be remembered. In fact the ancients honored him with his own temples, altars, ceremonies, and priests. But it was his wisdom and great soul that earned those honors; noble blood, physical strength, and political power just aren't good enough.
Spotterup promotes the idea of the classical "whole" man found in ancient texts. For our modern day he is the GUNFIGHTER, WRITER, WILDMAN, MONK: Man of Action, Man of Intellect, Man of Emotion, Man of Spirit. This shirt is part of ourWILDMANseries. Expect to see many more designs under this archetype.
Consider the Athenian ideal of a balanced education. From the book Greek Realities: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece, By Finley Hooper "They could play some flute but should not neglect wrestling." They avoided the excesses of life. They might focus on music or philosophy but spent enough time so that their bodies did not become soft."