PESTLE & MORTAR CLOTHING FLAGSHIP STORE, BANGSAR
A tiger is more than just a label on a bottle. It's a living, breathing icon that's on the verge of extinction - unless we do something to help.
That's why Tiger Beer, WWF Malaysia, and Pestle & Mortar Clothing have teamed up with 4 local artists - Sean Lean, Kenji Chai, Julian Oh, and Hugh Koh - to create an extra-limited-edition capsule collection in aid of the Malayan tiger:
the ENDANGERED EDITION.
Sean Lean is an artist who lives and works in Malaysia. His artwork is explorative in nature - it often deals with issues of fragmented identities, and the contradictions between our traditionally Eastern values and the lure of popular Western culture.
The faded, distressed nature of the artwork reflects the dwindling numbers of the Malayan tiger, which will soon fade from our world entirely unless we make a change. At the forefront stands the number 250: the estimated number left alive in the wild today. It is confrontational and uncomfortable – but it’s a number we cannot escape from, and without our help, neither can they.
Kenji Chai is a street artist based in Kuala Lumpur. He is famed for his imaginative and colourful graffiti and murals. The imagery in his work often deals with nature and its importance, and it aims to raise awareness on the issue of animal extinction.
"Vanishing" is centred around the idea of symbiosis and how the forest and wildlife come together as one in perfect balance. Human greed and selfishness are destroying this natural harmony and if the numbers of Malayan tigers continue to decline, they will soon vanish entirely – blowing away like wilted leaves in the wind.
Julian Oh is a tattoo artist and a freelance commercial cinematographer based in Kuala Lumpur. He has been to Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia for tattoo conventions.
At the heart of this artwork is the relationship between parent and cub, and the potential dystopian future faced by the Malayan tiger. The use of negative space for the cub portrays a void, both figuratively and literally – representing their non-existent future should the hunting and killing of adult tigers continue.
Hugh Koh is the co-founder of Pestle & Mortar Clothing, one of the leading streetwear labels in Southeast Asia. The brand has become a household name among the youth of today and has been donned by a slew of celebrities – namely, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, and Jackie Chan.
Depicting a Malayan tiger walking towards a group of extinct animals, "Judgement Day" illustrates its final destination if we do not act to save it. The tiger looks back to the viewers to remind us that the fate of Malayan Tigers is in our hands, and now is the time to make a difference.
These shirts are rare – only 260 pieces will be produced – but still not as rare as the Malayan tiger, with only an estimated 250 left alive in the wild today.
Drop by Pestle & Mortar Clothing Bangsar Flagship Store on 16th August 2018 for the launch of the ENDANGERED EDITION collection, enjoy Tiger Beer and music, and show your support for the Malayan tiger before it's too late.