"They Tried To Bury Us, But Didn't Know We Were Seeds" This statement resonates with us for many different reasons. We all know what it feels like to feel like life, circumstances, or even our own choices have buried us. But we at The Fringe have learned that when we find ourselves feeling buried, if we allow God to breathe on our lives new life can burst forth.
Why orange of all colors? Most of us at one point wore an orange prison jumpsuit. When you're convicted of a felony, your past follows you. It often determines what job you can get, what apartment or house you can have and many other things along the way. It's easy to feel ruled or bound by your past when your record follows you. But we believe we are more than our past, and this design is a reminder we are no longer in that jumpsuit. That even though we were part of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in America, we are no longer bound by those bars or our past and that great things are ahead.
The half skeleton, half human design on this shirt is symbolic of the transformation those of us are going through who are fighting our way out of addiction, homelessness, incarceration or other destructive lifestyles. We at The Fringe believe that people are more than the worst thing that they've ever done. (Shirts are slim fit, not box fit)
5" by 5" You Are More Magenta Sticker
You Are More Design:
We believe it is an act of defiance and an act rebellion to break the cycles that have held us captive. It is an act of defiance to never return to prison after going the first time. It is an act of defiance to become a great mother or father after being an addict. To break out of poverty after generations being held by it.
This design features a man who is half human and half skeleton. The skeleton side symbolizes our past, the part of us that has brought death. The parts of our hearts and minds that we are ashamed of. Our criminal history, our regrets, our mistakes. The choices we've made that have caused others and ourselves harm and destruction. But we are learning over time to believe that we are "more than the worst thing we've ever done." We are starting to believe that we can come back to life where we've been dead and new life and hope can spring forth. That resurrection is still possible to those who have thought all was lost. You are not your past and you my friend are more than the worst thing you've ever done.
“If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives.”
― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart