These shirts are part of Ron's opening salvo into clothing design. Unlike other aviation art or graphic design within this genre, Ron has used the entire surface of each garment, front and back, to blend his original compositions with the style and cut of the garment. Each shirt is a new design, incorporating Ron's art, to be something entirely unique: a piece of wearable art, signed by the artist.
The story behind this composition:
His name was Yasuto Nitta, and he was a highly regarded night fighter pilot, flying the excellent Nakajima J1N1 Gekko; his squadron commander's wingman. On November 3rd, 1944, he penned a last letter home to his parents in Japan, as he was about to fly his last mission against Allied naval targets off of Leyte Gulf.
It read, as translated by Dan King:
"November 3, 1944. Yasuto Nitta (possibly thumb prints under his name) His first name 保人can be pronounced three different ways, we can't be sure which is correct. But, Yasuto is the most common of the three. (Yasuto, Yasuhito, Tamohito) Night Fighter, 2nd Aircraft (means the leader's wingman) 1st Koku Kantai 321st Kokutai At a hot tropical airfield (The pilot couldn't write the name of the airfield, not permitted. So he used the expression "Shakunetsu" to tell his parents that he died in the tropics. Shakunetsu means VERY hot and steamy...they would know that he didn't die in Japan, but in the south) CENTER INSCRIPTION "TOJOIN SEIRETSU" This refers to the line-up we see of the pilots being briefed before their mission. RIGHT SIDE "To my parents far away in the father land, I leave this final message. 'The cherry blossoms that fall, and those that don't fall, are both cherry blossoms.'"
My artwork, as it appears upon this shirt, depicts Yasuto's last mission, flying his Gekko night fighter, using all of the known information from both the letter and records from that time.
Fabric Weight:5.0 oz/yd² (170 g/m²)
Features:Casual, Daily Casual, Short Sleeve, Regular Sleeve, Round Neck / O-neck, Regular, Moderate, Regular, Summer
Pattern:* Same Style with BELLA+CANVAS