Adrian Knopik, co-owner of a creative agency in Poland, Fuse Collective, designed a series of T-shirt designs for polish clothing company Surge Polonia. He was inspired by national polish symbol and glorious moments in polish history.
“The Eagle”, “Poland”, “Polish coat of arms”, and “Eagle for Fan” series are inspired by Orzel Bialy or The White Eagle, the national coat of arms of the Republic of Poland. Legend has says that The White Eagle emblem originated when Poland’s legendary founder, Lech, saw a white eagle’s nest.
When he looked at the bird, a ray of sunshine from the red setting sun fell on its wings, so they appeared tipped with gold, the rest of the eagle was pure white. He was delighted and decided to settle there and placed the eagle on his emblem. And then The White Eagle was adopted and has appeared on the shields, ensigns, coins, and seals of the Piast dukes since the beginning of 12th century. Then it appeared on the Polish coat of arms during Przemysl II reign as a reminder of the Piast tradition before the fragmentation of Poland.
“Hussars of Death” is inspired by badge of Towarzysz husarski or The Polish Hussars. They were considered the elite of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth cavalry and widely regarded as the most powerful cavalry formation in the world, since 1770, Polish Hussars were undefeated in battle for over 100 years.
And, “Warsaw Uprising” is inspired by Kotwica, polish for anchor, an emblem of the Polish Secret State and Armia Krajowa (Home Army). Warsaw Uprising itself, or powstanie warszawskie in polish, was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Armia Krajowa to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany.
Don’t tell you you don’t learn anything new today.