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Fire Totem

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Fire Totem uses symbolism to identify changes in landscapes and revision of pathway lines across Country brought about by cultural fire management practices.


Oliver is a Bundjalung man from the Northern Rivers and has been actively engaged in Cultural Land Management projects. Oliver’s passions and research lie in cultural fire management, concerning how to support living on Country and how to care for Country with fire.

The Major Mitchell (Wee Juggler) is a bird with much cultural significance for Oliver. Commonly known as the fire totem due to its markings.



The Wee Juggler sits at the centre of this shirt design. Surrounded by an abstract landscape combining water, fire, trees, storms and weather, the design symbolises changing landscaped and reviving pathway lines across Country through the importance of cultural fire management.

As a tattooist, Sydney brings influence from her tattooing practice and borrows elements from neo-tribal and cyber symbolism styles of tattooing into this shirt design.


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    Our shirts are made from a mid weight, 180 GSM, 100% combed cotton (aka a great shirt). They are also preshrunk to minimise shrinkage (phew).

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