Brown Wear Apperal

Saturday, February 3, 2018
I have come across BrownWearApperal, a shop with a message. It's an Etsy shop that promotes being proud of our indigenous roots. If you guys have been following me on Instagram for a while, you would have noticed the drastic change in my passion for my culture, our true culture. When I was looking to buy a shirt from the shop I really couldn't decide which one I wanted to get! They are all so awesome! This is the one I went for.
I am so excited to be able to share with you guys a bit from BrownWearApperal                                       



Here is some information from the shop owner Justin Rodrigez: I started Brown Wear Apparel because I wanted to raise the consciousness of Brown people here on the American continent; who we are, where we come from, and who are our ancestors were. Many of our people don’t realize that we are Native American by blood; different tribes but one people. I myself didn't have this knowledge of who I was., I knew we were Mexican, but then I heard we were also Hispanic, and later we were Latino; it was all really confusing. For years I just accepted that's the way it was, until my brother, who was my roommate at the time, started searching for answers and then began to develop an understanding who we truly are. Being his roommate, I couldn’t help but overhear what he was listening to; or see what he was watching. Different books would arrive in the mail and I would ask him what they were about; they sounded very interesting. My brother had started to change some; his philosophy on life seemed different. I noticed a sense of pride in who he was as a Brown man, being Mexican, and identifying with his Indigenous ancestry. This was very refreshing to me because it seemed to me that we were supposed to try and assimilate to white culture, but I never really saw pride in doing that. He never once tried preaching or forcing information on me; occasionally he would say, “Hey, did you know about this?” or “Have you ever heard about that?" Over time, I started asking him more questions, until eventually, I was seeking knowledge for myself; and that’s when my consciousness really started to develop. I started reading more, watching documentaries, I began to travel more and seek what my ancestors left behind. Then I continued on my own path to do as my brother did for me, he reached his hand out for me to be free, and so I made it my life’s mission to reach my hand out for all my Brown brothers and sisters who were in my shoes. This is why I chose "“Awake, Embrace, Empower” as Brown Wear’s mantra. Because first comes the awaking; the individual gains a knowledge of self. Next comes embracing who you are, the culture; and the people you come from. The last part is perhaps the most important part; and its empowerment. Not only are you empowered by gaining knowledge of self, but as you are mentally liberated, your presence automatically liberates others.

Photos from Panama

Photos from Panama

Photos from Panama


Here is a little bit more from the shop:

My background is in art, and I kind of stopped drawing and painting for years but then in 2014, I started making shirts because there wasn't anything that really represented who we are as Brown people. I started looking into screen printing; my brother and I were working with very basic equipment and set up. We had two screens, one squeegee, and no screen press; just eyeballing it. My first shirt was "Unapologetically Indigenous No assimilation required" The second shirt was "Not Hispanic I'm Pre Hispanic" as I slowly regained my artistic skills back again I started doing more and more designs. Later on, my brother stopped being involved with the making of the shirts; but has always still been a big supporter. As I kept making shirts I started doing more traveling with an interest to meet Indigenous people in Central, and South America. On a couple of trips, I made shirts to pass out that had a message of Indigenous pride and unity. While in Panama I passed out 30 shirts to the Kuna people, and I made around the same amount to pass out on my trip to Nicaragua. This past year I was fortunate to visit Puerto Rico (before the hurricane), Peru, and back to the Yucatan. This year I’ll be visiting some brothers and sisters in Nevada and Cali, and get some photos with fans wearing the shirts. Everyone I’ve reached out to has been more than happy to participate. I hope my shirts will help our people fall back in love with themselves and get rid of self-hate within our communities. 


Photos from Nicaragua 

Photos from Nicaragua

Photos from Nicaragua
To show your support head over to BrownWearApperal here.



Tlazocamahti

I have come across BrownWearApperal, a shop with a message. It's an Etsy shop that promotes being proud of our indigenous roots. If you guys have been following me on Instagram for a while, you would have noticed the drastic change in my passion for my culture, our true culture. When I was looking to buy a shirt from the shop I really couldn't decide which one I wanted to get! They are all so awesome! This is the one I went for.
I am so excited to be able to share with you guys a bit from BrownWearApperal                                       



Here is some information from the shop owner Justin Rodrigez: I started Brown Wear Apparel because I wanted to raise the consciousness of Brown people here on the American continent; who we are, where we come from, and who are our ancestors were. Many of our people don’t realize that we are Native American by blood; different tribes but one people. I myself didn't have this knowledge of who I was., I knew we were Mexican, but then I heard we were also Hispanic, and later we were Latino; it was all really confusing. For years I just accepted that's the way it was, until my brother, who was my roommate at the time, started searching for answers and then began to develop an understanding who we truly are. Being his roommate, I couldn’t help but overhear what he was listening to; or see what he was watching. Different books would arrive in the mail and I would ask him what they were about; they sounded very interesting. My brother had started to change some; his philosophy on life seemed different. I noticed a sense of pride in who he was as a Brown man, being Mexican, and identifying with his Indigenous ancestry. This was very refreshing to me because it seemed to me that we were supposed to try and assimilate to white culture, but I never really saw pride in doing that. He never once tried preaching or forcing information on me; occasionally he would say, “Hey, did you know about this?” or “Have you ever heard about that?" Over time, I started asking him more questions, until eventually, I was seeking knowledge for myself; and that’s when my consciousness really started to develop. I started reading more, watching documentaries, I began to travel more and seek what my ancestors left behind. Then I continued on my own path to do as my brother did for me, he reached his hand out for me to be free, and so I made it my life’s mission to reach my hand out for all my Brown brothers and sisters who were in my shoes. This is why I chose "“Awake, Embrace, Empower” as Brown Wear’s mantra. Because first comes the awaking; the individual gains a knowledge of self. Next comes embracing who you are, the culture; and the people you come from. The last part is perhaps the most important part; and its empowerment. Not only are you empowered by gaining knowledge of self, but as you are mentally liberated, your presence automatically liberates others.

Photos from Panama

Photos from Panama

Photos from Panama


Here is a little bit more from the shop:

My background is in art, and I kind of stopped drawing and painting for years but then in 2014, I started making shirts because there wasn't anything that really represented who we are as Brown people. I started looking into screen printing; my brother and I were working with very basic equipment and set up. We had two screens, one squeegee, and no screen press; just eyeballing it. My first shirt was "Unapologetically Indigenous No assimilation required" The second shirt was "Not Hispanic I'm Pre Hispanic" as I slowly regained my artistic skills back again I started doing more and more designs. Later on, my brother stopped being involved with the making of the shirts; but has always still been a big supporter. As I kept making shirts I started doing more traveling with an interest to meet Indigenous people in Central, and South America. On a couple of trips, I made shirts to pass out that had a message of Indigenous pride and unity. While in Panama I passed out 30 shirts to the Kuna people, and I made around the same amount to pass out on my trip to Nicaragua. This past year I was fortunate to visit Puerto Rico (before the hurricane), Peru, and back to the Yucatan. This year I’ll be visiting some brothers and sisters in Nevada and Cali, and get some photos with fans wearing the shirts. Everyone I’ve reached out to has been more than happy to participate. I hope my shirts will help our people fall back in love with themselves and get rid of self-hate within our communities. 


Photos from Nicaragua 

Photos from Nicaragua

Photos from Nicaragua
To show your support head over to BrownWearApperal here.



Tlazocamahti


@jenriverabell