The Path

Design by igo2cairo

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This is a collaboration with my dad. I've used his original Chinese calligraphy for the design which was created by him using a large brush made from the tail of a horse. My dad is an authority on Taoism and has been published for his english translation of the "Tao Te Ching", written by the sage Lao Tzu.

My dad's explanation of the characters:

"Wu Wei" is the essence of Taoist philosophy. A better translation is "Nothing Doing". "Wei" in ancient China also meant "artificial"; thus in it's negative sense, it means "Nothing Artificial" and in it's positive sense it means "Doing what comes natural".

A little about Taoism:

Taoism is a philosophy that emphasize living in harmony with the Tao (道), the mysterious source and essence of everything that exists. The Chinese word Tao roughly translates as "way" or "path" (hence the name of this design), although this usage takes its meaning from "reality" or "nature", which the word Tao can also mean. The proper path in life, says Taoism, is one that works in harmony with the natural universe.

The keystone work of literature in Taoist philosophy is the Tao Te Ching, a concise book containing teachings attributed to Lao Tzu, or "the Old Teacher", in ancient China.

Kyle Shuflin

Really cool, I am glad that your able to work with your father

FRICKINAWESOME profile pic Alumni

Fantastic collab from two artists of an extremely different nature that come together to balance each other's creative forces, you can't get much more Taoist than that! :) I love the Tao Te Ching, read it in college and pick it up from time to time to see new things in its constantly redefined passages.

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WOW, awesome Collab

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What a wonderful collab! Love the story behind the characters. $5


Wow! High 5$ this.


Striking tee! The handmade calligraphy is stunning. Love the aesthetic!

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Strong, powerful imagery.

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