The Abyss Stares Back, Black 100% Cotton T-shirt, S-5XL, Surreal, Tribal, Primitive, Pagan, Animist, Spirit, Spiritual, Friedrich Nietzsche

The Abyss Stares Back, Black 100% Cotton T-shirt, S-5XL, Surreal, Tribal, Primitive, Pagan, Animist, Spirit, Spiritual, Friedrich Nietzsche


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Imagine the infinite darkness of the universe, an expanse so immense that it seems endless, a void where light is lost. This is the black background of the image, providing a canvas for the central subject: a face, mysterious and alluring.

Emerging from this nothingness is a face so deep and dark it nearly merges with the void. It is a face that appears both ancient and timeless. The edges of the face dissolve into the abyss, making it hard to distinguish where the face ends and where the darkness begins. This ethereal quality gives the face a transient appearance, as if it’s on the brink of being swallowed whole.

But, it’s not the void-like appearance of the face that captivates the viewer's attention, it's the subtle illumination. A delicate sheen reflects off the high planes of the nose and the plump curves of the lips. These subtle highlights are the only indications of the face's form, emphasizing the three-dimensionality of the subject amidst the flat blackness.

Yet, it’s the eyes that are the most arresting. The whites of the eyes starkly contrast with the surrounding black, drawing the viewer in. These eyes, with their pitch-black pupils make an unbreakable connection with the viewer. They seem to hold centuries of stories, sorrow, and wisdom.

Adding to the allure, blue tribal-like tattoos, seemingly painted with the hues of the deepest oceans, adorn the face. These markings trace elegantly over the cheeks and brow, accentuating the face's structure while giving it a cultural or perhaps otherworldly identity. The tattoos serve as a reminder of the face's heritage, its history, and its connection to a past or a world we can't fully comprehend.

The title, "The Abyss Stares Back", encapsulates the essence of the image perfectly. Not only does it allude to the impenetrable darkness surrounding the face but also to Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote, “If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” The face, in its quiet intensity, seems to be the very embodiment of that abyss: deep, enigmatic, and reflective of the viewer's own inner darkness and mysteries.

This heavy cotton tee has the classic cotton look and feel. Casual elegance will make it an instant favorite in everyone's wardrobe.

.: Classic fit
.: 100% Cotton
.: Light fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Tear away label
.: Runs true to size

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Sleeve Length=7.25"

Sleeve Length=7.76"

Sleeve Length=8.23"

Sleeve Length=8.75"

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Sleeve Length=10.75"

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What is All-Over-Print (AOP)?

All-Over Print (AOP) is a printing method that uses dye-sublimation to print a design onto polyester. During the dye sublimation process the dye is absorbed into the fabric. Since, it is not printed on the surface, like most t-shirts, it provides for a fantastic soft-to-the-touch feel and superior breathability.

AOP is a more time consuming method than screen printing or direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, so the prices are higher and the production times are longer, but the results are most definitely worth it.

Advantages of AOP:
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Mirrored edges (mirror wrap) is used to show the whole image on the main surface, rather than printing the edges of the image on the sides (image wrap) of the canvas frame. It is usually used when there is necessary detail on the edges of the image. Image wrap is used when the focal point of the image is in the center.

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