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It’s Just You and Me

Posted in Products by Gluekit on November 2, 2007

Gluekit’s very pleased to draw your attention to the handsome “It’s Just You and Me” t-shirt that Michael Perry (aka Midwestisbest) has created for Part of It.

The shirt features Perry’s hand drawn type and imagery. Perry’s work might seem hauntingly familiar– especially to those of you out there who frequent Urban Outfitters stores or have an eye open to UO’s whimsical type. Perry’s the man behind some of the more evocative type imagery the big UO has to offer. (And of course, he also just edited a very nice tome on hand type called Hand Job: A Catalog of Type.)

Perry has designated that a portion of the profits from this shirt go to NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association. In the 1980s, a number of mental health organizations and foundations got together and merged, creating NARSAD– it’s now the United States’ most prominent mental health research institution, awarding numerous research grants to scientists. NARSAD seeks to prevent, cure, and treat a host of mental illnesses, ranging from schizophrenia to autism, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

And here’s a little gloss from us: Perry’s shirt suggests the isolation and melancholy that can afflict those suffering from mental illness, but his shirt also seems to highlight the modern condition, and the strange taut, somewhat faltering equilibrium of emotion that can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. It’s a beautiful shirt, for an important cause.

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