Black Friday Mister Freedom® Special Event: Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Mister Freedom 2013

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Mister Freedom Yolanda Skivvy 2013


Mister Freedom Yolanda Skivvy 2013



I hope you all had a pleasant Thanks Giving day. But, that was yesterday.

And today, it’s here! The anticipated 2013 Edition of… Black Friday, referred to  as “Black Eye Friday” by the ice pack Industry.
Consumers’ finest behaviors, displaying unmatched shopping skills, a real sense of philanthropy coming to your neighborhood, maybe at a Walmart near you?..
Black Friday, the return of the stampede, power to the Sheople.

Meanwhile, no less eager to ‘cash in’ on this classy phenomenon, we at Mister Freedom®, have cooked up something in the form of a special edition item, not unlike what we had done for the March 2011 Japan Tsunami relief effort, here and here.
I first thought of using the proceeds to fund a vacation in Bora Bora. My co-workers, however, vehemently opposed to it and kindly suggested Mister Freedom® donates 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross

On November 8th 2013, Yolanda (Haiyan) tore through the center of the Philippines…

Believed to be the strongest recorded storm to ever hit land, with winds up to 236 mph, this ‘super typhoon’ left total devastation on its trail, often in areas already economically challenged.
Annihilating isolated rural communities, fishing villages and cities alike, Haiyan’s viciousness was soon shared with the World through shocking photos of flattened out landscapes, bodies laying in rubbles… Photos showed the magnitude of the disaster but were barely a glimpse of the ongoing nightmare to be faced in the aftermath, as recounted by survivors and rescuers.
Today, after about three weeks, the death toll is estimated to be around 5600, with some 1700 still missing and about 26,000 injured… For those wanting official updates, see here.

It is not my purpose here to describe the horror, but rather to try to make myself useful to some extent, as promised three weeks ago on Mister Freedom® Instagram.
Photographers will move on and International media coverage will inevitably fade, before Pinoy folks out there see the end of that tunnel.
So, this one goes to the gritty Filipinos and Filipinas whose task it is to heal and rebuild.
I trust this will reach you.

We hand printed 20 of our skivvy shirts with an original MF® graphic, designed for the event.
This quite ‘obscur’ graphic draws its inspiration from the Revolution of the late 1890’s in the Philippines and the symbolic attached to it.
For those, like I, who have zero knowledge about Filipino History besides the Bataan March and the General MacArthur episode, here is a short slice of background I gathered:
In the 1870’s, an intellectual movement led by ilustrados (Philippines born erudites) started demanding reforms from the ruling Spaniards, for the benefit of natives versus the peninsulares (Spain-born colonists).
Later channeled by Katipunan leaders (a revolutionary secret society founded in 1892 by patriots), this Nationalist spirit grew into an armed revolt for independence, eventually ending colonial Spanish rule in 1898…
The Republic of the Philippines was granted Independence from the United States in 1946.

Although our graphic is not intended to convey any message other than that of a fundraising for a natural disaster affecting the Philippines, the symbolic comes from several flags and banners adopted by revolutionary groups throughout the early years of the ‘Tagalog War’:
* The eight rays of the rising sun represent the Philippines first eight provinces.
* K is for Katipunan, KKK being the full acronym of that secret organization (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galang, Katipunan ng mga anak ng bayan).
NOTHING to do with what it shamefully stands for in the USA, obviously.
K also stands for Kalayaan, meaning Freedom in Tagalog, which i saw fit to use.
* The rather crude Freemason meets Jolly Rogers looking skull and crossbones is inspired by early lower rank Katipuneros‘ banners, along with General Mariano flag from 1896.
*The numbers 11-08-13 mark the fatal date of the Yolanda typhoon.

Mister Freedom 2013 Yolanda Tshirt Mister Freedom Yolanda Skivvy 2013

I did a rough sketch and then hand cut the stencil board. Each shirt was individually hand printed.
Shirts made and printed in the USA, limited edition of 20 shirts only.

It is a bit involved to set this charity event on so we decided to do it the old school way, from this blog.
Each shirt sells for $100.00 (we will pay for shipping). NO returns.
Call 323-653-2014 for more infos if needed, or email with your size and shipping info. We will then send you a Paypal money request (from if your size is available. Please check the sizing chart of our Skivvy shirts for fit questions.
We will hold your shirt until we receive the payment, then ship.
These numbered shirts (listed below) will be annotated with the buyers’ name/website (or ‘private’ should one desire to stay anonymous) as they sell.
Upon completion of the transactions, 100% of the total amount will be donated to the American Red Cross for “TYPHOON APPEAL, which I trust will dispatch the funds to locals/groups who need it the most.
An official receipt from the Red Cross for the amount of your $2000.00 donation will be added to this post on completion of the final transaction.

We will be understaffed for the next two weeks. We will do our best, but please be patient, as we are doing MANY other things at work, often keeping us away from computers. Also, if your email was sent at 3am on Sunday, you still get a response, but not within the hour…
Thank you for your understanding.

Now Friends, you know what to do.

Thank you in advance on behalf of those you helped.
Salamat sa iyong pagaalala.

Christophe Loiron,
Laborer at Mister Freedom®


List of shirts available (to be updated as fast as possible)

Shirt No. 1 (Small): Six Feet Under Records (USA)

Shirt No. 2 (Small): R.V. (USA)

Shirt No. 3 (Small): Mr. Andrew Jacobson (USA)

Shirt No. 4 (Small): Gary Batty (USA)

Shirt No. 5 (Medium): R.V. (USA)

Shirt No. 6 (Medium): Stepfan Schulte (Germany)

Shirt No. 7 (Medium): Matt Middlebrook (USA)

Shirt No. 8 (Medium): Six Feet Under Records (USA)

Shirt No. 9 (Medium): Giles, Alex & Paula Padmore (UK) Iron Heart

Shirt No. 10 (Medium): USMC MSgt J. V. (USA) Vintage Engineer Boots

Shirt No. 11 (Medium): Owen Langston (USA)

Shirt No. 12 (Medium): Zachary M. Irby (USA)

Shirt No. 13 (Large): Craig and Gloria Bayer (USA)

Shirt No. 14 (Large): Micah Thompson (USA)

Shirt No. 15 (Large): Allan A. (Australia)

Shirt No. 16 (Large): Matt Skeen (USA)

Shirt No. 17 (Large): Steven Boyd (USA)

Shirt No. 18 (Large): Ronnie Ivarsson (Sweden)

Shirt No. 19 (Large): Tim Supakorndej (USA)

Shirt No. 20 (Large): Kevin Gregory (USA)


UPDATE: 11/30/2013 04:37pm

Mission accomplished in 24 hours!!!
A great many thanks to the generous souls who have made this charity event possible.
Today (actually yesterday, i’m sneaky like that), $2000.00 have been donated to the Red Cross for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
If you see someone in the street wearing this Mister Freedom® Tshirt, go shake the hand of a good man.
Ladies and Gentlemen… much obliged.

From Jordan, Cristian, Tom and the ol’ man at Mister Freedom®

Mister Freedom 2013 Typhoon Appeal RECEIPT

Red Cross Receipt


Red Cross Update Dec 6, 2013

Red Cross Update Dec 6, 2013


To view the November 2013 report of the Red Cross response, and where your money went, click Typhoon Report Red Cross

Mister Freedom® for Japan Disaster Relief: Round Two, “NINKYO” T-Shirt


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Limited Edition Mister Freedom® original “Ninkyo” Tshirt. The FULL amount of your purchase will go to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

Because the fight is far from over, and I believe in res non verba versus being just speechless in front of the constant and on-going flow of bad news from Japan, here is round two. This is what we cooked up this time:

We hand stenciled 30 custom numbered T-shirts, with original MF® artwork, this time inspired by 60’s propaganda art (Mai ’68in France, Cuba Libre, etc…)
The use of the ninkyo kanji (“an ancient philosophy that values Humanity, Justice and Duty…”) was inspired by an interesting read entitled “Yakuza to the rescue”. Take five, it’s insightful about the often crossed line between Right and Wrong.
Before afterhours bloggers get all excited, I confirm that there is NO political message is this graphic. The only message conveyed is that Japan will need all its will/work power and solidarity to rebuild the mess, especially after the world’s attention gets distracted by other events.

Mister Freedom will be donating ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the sale of each shirt to the American Red Cross, who will properly dispatch the funds to help those affected by the recent 9.0 earthquake in Japan and Tsunami throughout the Pacific. The MF donation for the FULL AMOUNT, $100.00 per shirt, will be made on the day of your purchase, and the official Red Cross receipt will be available on demand.

100% cotton knit Tubular T-shirts/ Printed on vintage 1950’s-60s NOS military undershirts/ Hand stenciled with water-based ink/ Each print is unique in its variations/ Limited Edition of thirty numbered shirts/ Packaged in custom made original MF chipboard boxes, hand stenciled/ Pre-Washed and fully shrunk.

The limited Edition shirts numbered 1 through 20 are available at Mister Freedom®.
For locals who want to do the right thing, shirts numbered 21 through 30are available from Tina Wakino at BAZAR 1108c Abbot Kinney, Venice, California 90291. Email

Here is the list of the generous donors who have helped folks in Japan who really needed a hand and a break (we will update the list as fast as we can):
T-shirt No. 01/30 (SMALL): TOMMY YIP (UK)
T-shirt No. 02/30 (SMALL): ZACK GINIES (Canada)
T-shirt No. 03/30 (SMALL): D.B.P. (USA)
T-shirt No. 05/30 (SMALL): JORGE GIL DE GOMEZ SANTO (Spain)
T-shirt No. 06/30 (SMALL): NOBUKO NISHIMURA Fr/jp design&vintage (France)
T-shirt No. 07/30 (SMALL): HEADSISTAILS (USA)
T-shirt No. 08/30 (SMALL): NANCY DEALEY (USA)
T-shirt No. 09/30 (SMALL): JAMES SEARS (USA)
T-shirt No. 10/30 (SMALL): MAVI (Spain)
T-shirt No. 11/30 (MEDIUM): GREG FURUKAWA (USA)
T-shirt No. 12/30 (MEDIUM): THIS SUNDAY (USA)
T-shirt No. 13/30 (MEDIUM): T. SHOOTER (USA)
T-shirt No. 14/30 (MEDIUM): BEN STARMER (USA)
T-shirt No. 15/30 (MEDIUM): JAMES SEARS (USA)
T-shirt No. 16/30 (MEDIUM): MITCHELL CHANG (USA)
T-shirt No. 18/30 (MEDIUM): CLINT MOREY (USA)
T-shirt No. 19/30 (MEDIUM): R.V. (USA)
T-shirt No. 20/30 (MEDIUM): R.V. (USA)
T-shirt No. 21/30 (SMALL) via Bazar: TIMOTHY “TUG” GODDARD (USA)
T-shirt No. 22/30 (SMALL) via Bazar: MICHAEL WILKERSON (USA)
T-shirt No. 23/30 (SMALL) via Bazar: AARON ISLE (USA)
T-shirt No. 24/30 (SMALL) via Bazar: MICHELLE WILLIAMS (USA)
T-shirt No. 25/30 (SMALL) via Bazar: KATERINA TANA (USA)
T-shirt No. 26/30 (MEDIUM) via Bazar: JOSHUA GILMAN (USA)
T-shirt No. 27/30 (MEDIUM) via Bazar: JASON HUE (USA)
T-shirt No. 28/30 (MEDIUM) via Bazar: THE RIOT ACT (USA)
T-shirt No. 29/30 (MEDIUM) via Bazar: ADRIENNE STOLTZ (USA)
T-shirt No. 30/30 (MEDIUM) via Bazar: COBY GEWERTZ (USA)

Size: SMALL & MEDIUM only
Retail $100.00 (full amount going t0 the American Red Cross). We pay for shipping.

We thank you sincerely in advance. For shirts No.1 through No.20, call John or Jordan at (323) 653-2014 or mail or to get yours while they last. We ship internationally.
For shirts No.21 through No.30, visit BAZAR in Venice, Calif. or call Tina at (310) 314 2101

UPDATE (Saturday April 2nd, 2011 at 02:00PM):


We still have a few left to go to win round two, but Mister Freedom® team and Tina Wakino would like to thank you again for your generosity and participation in making this donation of $3000.00 to the American Red Cross possible. YOU did it.
Lotsa love from MF® and BAZAR to all for your support of the JAPAN Disaster Relief.

Update Email from the RED CROSS, received June 20, 2011:

Mister Freedom® humble contribution to JAPAN Disaster Relief: Nihon “tourist” Tshirt


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Limited Edition Nihon tourist T-shirt“I SURVIVED JAPAN 9.0 AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY SHIRT”

I’ll try to be brief.
We are all getting depressed by the on-going dramas unfolding in Japan since March 11th 2011.
As a small and humble token of appreciation of a People, and respect of a Country I personally owe so much to, here is what we cooked up at work:

We hand stenciled 15 custom numbered T-shirts, with original artwork inspired by not-so-serious“tourist” type 1960’s-70’s graphic T-shirts. The recent events are obviously a non laughing matter, but some ‘lightness’ is the only remedy i have found against the daily flow of bad news and alarming updates…

Mister Freedom will be donating ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the sale of each shirt to the American Red Cross, who will properly dispatch the funds to help those affected by the recent 9.0 earthquake in Japan and Tsunami throughout the Pacific. The MF donation for the FULL AMOUNT, $100.00/shirt, will be made on the day of your purchase, and official receipts will be available on demand.

Of course we don’t expect you to be wearing the shirts, if you were not there when the 9.0 hit… But if you have a friend in Japan and would like to show that you “did something” by sending him/her this shirt as a present, know that your generosity will be helping some folks in need of food/shelter/support. (Just wait a  bit and let the Post Office deliver more urgent goods for now.)
We will be updating this post with the name or website of the 15 participants.

100% cotton indigo blue dyed Tubular T-shirts/ Vintage 1950’s-60s NOS military T-shirts/ Hand stenciled with slight variations/ Dual discharge and red waterbase ink printing/ Limited Edition of fifteen numbered shirts/ Packaged in custom made original MF chipboard boxes/ Pre-Washed and fully shrunk.

LIST OF DONORS (we salute you…):
T-shirt No. 01/15: RUMI I CHUNG (Australia)
T-shirt No. 02/15: BEATLE (Germany)
T-shirt No. 03/15: DOC BLUE (France)
T-shirt No. 04/15: THIS SUNDAY (USA)
T-shirt No. 05/15: JAMES SEARS (USA)
T-shirt No. 06/15: GREGOIRE (USA)
T-shirt No. 07/15: MAX RINCON (USA)
T-shirt No. 08/15: JOE McINTYRE (USA)
T-shirt No. 09/15: JOHAN HURTIG café.se (Sweden)
T-shirt No. 10/15: MICHAEL GOLLOTTI (USA)
T-shirt No. 11/15: LEAH GIONIS (Australia)
T-shirt No. 12/15: WALTER CARILLION (USA)
T-shirt No. 13/15: JAMES SEARS (USA)
T-shirt No. 14/15: NOBUKO NISHIMURA Fr/jp design&vintage (France)
T-shirt No. 15/15: KAI FU CHENG (USA)

Size: Small only
Retail $100.00
(full amount going t0 the American Red Cross). We pay for shipping

We thank you sincerely in advance. Call John or Jordan at (323) 653-2014 or mail or to get yours while they last. We ship internationally.

UPDATE (March 19th 2011, 1:48PM)

All of us at MISTER FREEDOM® wish to thank all of you dearly for your prompt actions and your generosity…
Thanks to the above listed 15 international donors, and everyone who applied, the American Red Cross has received a payment of $1500.00 (MF® made the full payment on day 1 because of the obvious urgency. Official receipt above.)
Lotsa love from MF® to all for your support of the JAPAN Disaster Relief.