“See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.”
The Three Wise Monkeys are the earthly representatives of this phrase, which is significant in many cultures.
In Buddhist tradition, the proverb is simply about not dwelling on evil thoughts.
But in the Western world, the meanings are even darker. Both the phrase itself and the image of the monkeys can signify a code of silence in gangs or organized crime syndicates.
More often they are used to refer to a wilful lack of moral responsibility, especially on the part of those who refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing. The people that look the other way, or feign ignorance.
You may, for instance, see the monkey emojis posted below an outrageous tweet or a deliberately provocative Instagram post. It’s when you know you’re being evil, but you do it anyway.
According to Japanese legend, the names of the monkeys are Mizaru, who covers his eyes, and therefore sees no evil; Mikazaru, who covers his ears, and therefore hears no evil; and Mazaru, who covers his mouth, and therefore speaks no evil. Although of course, you may know them by other names.
This unique depiction of The Three Wise Monkeys was created by Kent-based illustrator Arron Miles, and features all three zombified heads, stacked up in a pile, like some kind of fucked-up totem pole. Elements from The Quarter Masters logo appear on coins, along with a nice pink slosh of Arron’s trademark brains.
Every detail has been reproduced using the highest quality DTG print, which gives you insane levels of detail and eyeball-popping colours, whilst barely adding any additional weight or bulk. Hand-finished with a QM Cavalier silver neck label at our shop in Folkestone.
The garment itself is our finest T-shirt ever —165gsm, 100% brushed cotton, premium grade, strictly reserved for the Cavalier range. Responsibly produced in accordance with the Fair Wear Foundation. Fabric tested and certified under OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Class I. Exceptional build quality. Feels fantastic to the touch. You literally won’t want to take it off.
Sizing comes up slightly smaller than our regular tees, so if you normally order a medium from us, you’ll want to grab a large one of these. A good way to check is to run a tape measure under your arms and all the way around, breath in, and pinch wherever the tape joins. Round up to the nearest size for a fitted look, or add a couple more inches for a relaxed, extra comfy fit.
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Model @boredbrand — 40″ chest / 5’10” wearing L
Photos by Phoebe @phoebesprostsons_photography