Light is a relative term in the world of ‘Light Infantry’. They live and die by what they carry. Every ounce is considered. Every meal, change of socks, and baby wipe a measured dance between comfort, longevity, and necessity. Mission dictates, but sometimes the mission can change. The troops on the ground having to make due with what they have, or what can be dropped in for them.
I’m really excited to have this piece finished at last. It’s been on the back burner for a long time and it was just great to have a little time to continue to explore this series further.
I’ve always had an affinity for the world of the infantry, I worked alongside them a lot as a forward observer and had to train in many of the same proficiencies when down on the line. Be it 11B or 0311, the infantry of the US Army and the USMC are some of the most highly skilled combat forces in the history of warfare. They are men I’ve been proud to serve alongside.
Be it light, airborne, air assault or mech, they find a way to adapt to the situation and overcome it. There is no substitute when the bullets start to fly for a soldier or marine at your side whose sole job is to carry their rifle and put rounds on target.
Sometimes you get to try some new thoughts out with a new shirt. This new one for Ranger Up was a different approach for me. Taking a type driven design based around a saying and building it into a design is always tough. But sometimes you see the right inspiration here and there, find bits and pieces that make sense. And build something new with the parts. Sinners and Saints comes from the idea that you can be both in your lifetime. When you are military, you’re essentially both at the same time. A savior to some and a sinner while you perform the action necessary. There’s something nice and old school about this one. The typeface, the scroll work and small additions. I’m looking forward to rocking it.