The latest t-shirts from Spotter Up! Spotterup promotes the idea of the classical “whole” man found in ancient texts. For the modern day he is the GUNFIGHTER, WRITER,  WILDMAN, MONK: Man of Action, Man of Intellect, Man of Emotion, Man of Spirit. Every shirt design falls under one of their four archetypes.

Consider the Athenian ideal of a balanced education. From the book Greek Realities: Life and Thought in Ancient Greece, by Finley Hooper “They could play some flute but should not neglect wrestling.” They avoided the excesses of life. They might focus on music or philosophy but spent enough time so that their bodies did not become soft.”

The shirts are Athletic fit and use a soft fabric. If Spotter Up is out of stock they will have more products coming in usually NO more than 2 weeks from the date you ordered (usually 7 to 10 days). Some items must be in season before they can be ordered such as hoodies (usually Winter time). All orders come with one free, cool Spotter Up Sticker.

Navy SEAL Perry Yee

T-shirt “War Buddha: Nirvana, War & Rifles” Black and “I Brought War to Nirvana” Gray.

The Warrior Monk. The design was inspired by Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha. In Hesse’s story the protagonist feels disconnected from society and he is in search of meaning. This design has nothing to do with Buddhism. The symbol of a peaceful character (Buddha) was specifically chosen to contrast with our view that we must stand up for ourselves against evil, even using weapons if there are no other options. There shouldn’t be an internal conflict nor a social disconnection.
The gunfighter knows what he needs to do and he gets it done. Life has purposehe has a mission and he is going to fight. He must not live life passively. Our view is that men and women must live vitally and our sentiment can be summed up here: “Where is the locus of your pain? We can all joke about an injury by asking what is the “boo boo” and to show where it hurts. We’ll even get a few laughs but the reality is we are susceptible to pain and deep pain simply cannot be ignored. Most men in our modern world who feel disconnected from the common culture and experience feelings of meaninglessness and futility should understand we are milliseconds away from reducing our suffering simply by attacking doubt with action.

Men fearful of pain, deep seated pain, will never get to the root of the problem unless they examine the wound. We must attack any of our misgivings with deliberate honesty to prevent the corrosive power of skepticism from rotting us within. Deliberate action married with focused intelligence means we discover why we are dying inside and it requires cutting out our dishonesty. Examination begets facts, facts require action, action requires order, order creates conviction, conviction breeds passion, passion brings connection. Do the damn work doctor. We must examine how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how we see others.

Is life meaningless? Are we worthless? The truth is men are given a tremendous amount of power in that we are not only able to think but we are able to make choices yet most men squirm like worms rather than act like lions once given the facts. The location of your pain isn’t over there, it’s inside of you, and you can change how you think and feel. We were built for great things. You were built to do great things now do it. Don’t be afraid of the work you must do. Have confidence in who you are, what you want to do, and what you want to say. Life holds a certain amount of misery and suffering but it also holds joy. Take action. Do not be a coward.”

The other part of this is to stand by your philosophy. If its peace than hold to peace. If you must fight, then fight.

“Keep preaching peace, do nothing, or do little when violence comes to others but consider one day that violence may come to you, so be grateful if help comes from someone that won’t auction their talents nor principles as you did. When it happens is NOT the time to figure what it is that you believe. Give regard to a moral code that has real principle, merit and is useful because there are evil men out there. Give violence that is an appropriate response, that fully adheres to your principles, and if need be destroys bad men in their tracks.”

T-Shirt “We Fight Monsters.”

This illustration is based off the Greek Hydra and the Hercules myth. Some deep subject matter to wrestle with this “python”: PTSD, physical injuries, loss of friends, lovers etc. Maybe you’re a Marine who did a lot of deployments and lost some friends, maybe you’re a cop who spends time seeing hard stuff on the streets. Man has an internal struggle after he’s battled a beast, and he must battle the beast within himself. He isn’t a demigod. He’s a regular Joe who is a hero to many. This shirt illustration symbolizes the brotherhood of man, men and women, that seek out and battle bad things.

“WE FIGHT MONSTERS. I’m not afraid of anything in this world that’s been seen. I have scars on the inside. My badges of honor. There’s a light inside my heart; it’s for others to see. I live to show the way to those lost and in pain. And you? Walk with magnificence. Cock of the walk. Lead the way or follow those who use their pain to fight monsters and the injustices in this world”~Michael Kurcina.

The hydra is a crafty monster with many heads. The placement of each sword on the circle represents Hercules anticipating the monster’s movements and then striking those heads where they attack. He cuts each head off.

Every piece of Spotter Up art represents something deep and powerful! This art represents the cop, the soldier, the mother, the person that fights back against a screwed up world.

Spotter Up doesn’t care if you have scars from the battlefield, child abuse or divorce. Everyone has a story to tell and they can either follow that long line of men and women who state “woe is me” or they can break from the path and find a new track to follow. Spotter Up simply pushes the idea of being your own person, finding solutions to problems, and not being a drag on the world. Learn new things, impart wisdom, build friendships, and learn to not be a slave.

T-Shirt “Gunfighter” in Red or Black

The world is a strange and beautiful place. From any high tower a man can look out into a sea of lights that pepper the dying darkness and the hills full of eyes stare back out at him. People wonder, “is there more to life then this?”

Many die in darkness, alone without a soul to die with. The mind wanders back to the past where the same man hurtled across the blackest night in a metal bird over heaths of stone and empty space. A drink in hand, music playing, a thousand people swaying to songs that mean nothing to him because they don’t sing his story. His heart and mind are on other men, in another time, at another place. He would die with them but they are gone.

Lights sparkle in big cities, lights crackle in old homes, like an old cat darkness climbs down rickety stairs. The bustling activity in these honeycombs of homes clustered round him are too much to handle. Vast night and old memories are dying magic that no longer thrill him. He loses his purpose. There are lights that will never go out. There are stars that will never go out. There is a good hunger that will never be filled. There are men who will live forever.

In the saddest of nights he must find his stride and run a little faster and step a lot longer and find his footsteps again. He must run ahead of the man he used to be. In war one man enters an arena and its inevitable that another man leaves. His spirit must tunnel out and let light be the food he lives upon and not bad memories. Treasure isn’t found in the darkest hole but above if he searches for it.

There are lights that will never go out. There are stars that will never go out. There is a good hunger that will never be filled. There are men who will live forever. He must find them again…He is a fighter. He will be a fighter until the day he dies.

Gunfighter Hoodies are available too

Some sniper fans in Ireland

T-shirt “Tyger Tyger Burning Bright” Black or OD Green.

“Men like swords can be forged in fire , those who change with every burning become the most formidable of weapons”-Michael Kurcina. Spotter Up’s tyger represents power, beauty, fierceness, revolution, unpredictability, and they ask modern men to challenge conformity just as Blake did against the soul crushing workings of the Industrial Revolution and human labor that stifles man. Release your inner energy against it. Fight against being a cliche and that means not being earth bound with your thinking. 

The artwork is is a modern look inspired by William Blake’s poem The Tyger.

The Tyger” is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection. “The Tyger” is the sister poem to “The Lamb” (from “Songs of Innocence”), a reflection of similar ideas from a different perspective (Blake’s concept of “contraries”), with “The Lamb” bringing attention to innocence. “The Tyger” presents a duality between aesthetic beauty and primal ferocity, and Blake believes that to see one, the hand that created “The Lamb”, one must also see the other, the hand that created “The Tyger”: “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” The illustration has a sword, tiger, moth, olive branch and M4 Rifles. What can you make of this symbolism?

Dutch Moyer retired SOF SF/SMU wearing Spotter Up’s sick shirt!

“A man can change his nature no more easily than a hungry tiger can change its stripes, until he loses his scent and taste for the natural in order to hunt the supernatural. He must abandon all that he think he knows, those ideas about limitations and permissions, if he wants to start feeling like he’s gaining ground and making a killing. Sometimes he must go a different path from the streak. Perhaps he must start small before he can envision hunting big game but he must start. He must abandon old ways of thinking in order to acquire new ways of stalking things that will make him a devastating beast in this wild world.”~Michael Kurcina

Green Beret Dan Posey getting it in!

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 
In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand, dare seize the fire? 
And what shoulder, & what art, 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand? & what dread feet? 
What the hammer? what the chain, 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? what dread grasp, 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp! 
When the stars threw down their spears 
And water’d heaven with their tears: 
Did he smile his work to see? 
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? 
Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

T-shirt “Steppenwolf” Black or OD Green.

“Swords from Plowshares, Wolves from Sheep, Eyes Wide Open, We are Not Asleep”. Quote is Spotter Up’s. This drawing is loosely based on Herman Hesse’s book called Steppenwolf where the protagonist Harry Haller goes through a profound crisis during the 1920s and lives away from the public. There are two warring souls fighting within him, one is the beast known as the wolf and the other is the law abiding man. Haller is disgusted with modern European culture. He loses everything: his family, his home, his job.  This artwork represents the protagonist’s split between his humanity and his wolf-like aggression.

Their take on it is modern man’s conflict between being too much of a “sheep” and not enough of the “wolf.” The wolf carries a rifle and a grenade. He is ready to battle and he has no desire to capitulate and become soft and without standards like the culture around him. Steppenwolf is a fighter. The sheep represents mindless man and culture too willing to please everyone instead of drawing a line in the sand and defending his ground. The sheep holds a sickle and an olive branch. Man is too willing to be humane when he should be more aggressive. He needs to be a wolf!

“Every man lives confusedly in darkness until he is willing to enter into light by exiting the womb of his life and leaves the safety of that environment. He has to make mistakes, he has to take chances, he has to be willing to be cut down by critics and applauded by praisers even at times ignoring what they say, while he finds out for himself what is true and false, and even then he’ll never really know a thing until he leaves comfort behind. He must disregard everything told to him in all the safe passages he’s traveled, and those tubes and tunnels. It’s only when he’s free of ‘back there’ will he understand what he left behind.

Men will always be strangers to one another and themselves unless each learns by trail and error and ascertains the truth, that what he believed was only theory, and until he applied it he was but a theorist and not a realist. Truth has a way of cutting through nonsense. He must make his bones, and sometimes he must pay some very big dues, but in the end he’ll know truth. What he knew before may have been right but it wasn’t until he questioned it, and applied it will it sink in and make sense.

The cause of any man’s confusion is that he never found himself but finding means searching, and a halfhearted attempt often comes from halfhearted men who in the end are just kidding themselves.”~Michael Kurcina

“Virtuvian Man” T-Shirt and Hoodies.

The Vitruvian Man or simply L’Uomo Vitruviano is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci that historians tell us he created around 1490. There are a lot of websites paying homage to this iconic image however Spotter Up think theirs is the coolest.

“The Vitruvian Man (Italian: Le proporzioni del corpo umano secondo Vitruvio, which is translated to “The proportions of the human body according to Vitruvius”), or simply L’Uomo Vitruviano (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlwɔːmo vitruˈvjaːno])”, “The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.”,”The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the classical orders of architecture. Vitruvius determined that the ideal body should be eight heads high. Leonardo’s drawing is traditionally named in honor of the architect.” [1]

Rather than retooling his iconography just for the sake of doing it, as some businesses do, Spotter Up decided theirs would be rooted in meaning. It is therefore re-titled the VIRTUVIAN MAN as a take on a man of VIRTUE.

DEFINITION OF VIRTUE

1a conformity to a standard of right morality
b a particular moral excellence
2beneficial quality or power of a thing
3manly strength or courage valor
4a commendable quality or trait merit
5a capacity to act potency

DEFINITION OF VIRTUE

1a conformity to a standard of right morality
b a particular moral excellence
2beneficial quality or power of a thing
3manly strength or courage valor
4a commendable quality or trait merit
5a capacity to act potency

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Spotter Up believes in finding solutions to problems.  ‘Find a Way or Make One’. Excuses are never made.

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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