No Bad Days

I’ve become a fan of Cotton Bureau, ever since I came across The Zone via Rands. The shirts are a bit on the pricey side, but the quality so far has been excellent and many designs pass along their proceeds to worthy causes.


Most recently, I bought the “No Bad Days” shirt, a design by Michael Buchino. Roughly translated, the Latin on the shirt reads:

No bad days.
Only good days and wasted time.
Death is coming.

The words served as a kind of mantra for Buchino’s friend Andrew, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Buchino wrote a great summary of Andrew’s story, and charted the evolution of the design from words to tattoo to shirt.

While the image of a skull and mention of death may come off as macabre, I think the underlying message is a positive one. Like all memento mori, this design prompts the viewer (and wearer) to reflect on the present day, and to truly consider it.

Carpe diem.

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