Limited Edition "Ayos Lang" Long Sleeved Tee

from Mark Redito

T-Shirt/Apparel

“Ayos lang” (Tagalog). The literal translation is: “just ok.” But it can also mean: “I’m good/fine/alright” or “meh.”

It’s the typical response to: “Kamusta?” (how are you), “Ayos lang.”

Not really a bad thing, but I can’t help but sometimes interpret this phrase as something automatic or mindless. It’s an ambivalent response.

That made me think about how some of us live our lives that way-- on auto-pilot. Passive. “It’s ok.” “meh.” Ayos Lang.

But what if we switched frames and saw “Ayos Lang” as more about ownership and active acceptance? What if it meant, I see my circumstances, I know where I’m at. I got this. Ayos Lang.

That insight inspired my collaborator, Sherlan (www.sherlanabesamis.com), and I to create this piece. To serve as a reminder to ourselves that we have a choice; that we can own whatever comes our way. That we can accept where we are and not be bound by it. That we don’t have to live life on auto-pilot.

Black colorway modeled by Angela (www.instagram.com/spicysound/) photographed by Carly (www.instagram.com/carlayyy/)
Cream colorway modeled by Bohkeh (www.instagram.com/bohkeh/) and photographed by Jay R (www.instagram.com/_jayrlim/)

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