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UT Inspired: NumberUT Inspired vol.5 “Number”

UT Inspired is a world wide design project, curators in cities become the center for artists from all over the world. Their mission, to make a T-shirt. The theme of the fifth series, curated by SHIFT, is “Number”. We interviewed the artists who designed the T-shirts incorporating their characteristic interpretations on the theme.

UT Inspired: Number HARMONICA BLDG
Design: Harmonica Bldg., Model: Rie, Photo: Syarima


The Maid Cafes are no longer weird Japanese things but can now almost be considered as part of the official Japanese culture.
We designed these maid characters using Kanji characters. Anytime you wear this T-shirt, it makes you feel like a Goshujin-sama (master), or an Ojo-sama (lady).

All three colors are our favorite. We hope that you enjoy wearing them.

UT Inspired: Number TAKORA Kimiyoshi Futori
Design, Model: TAKORA Kimiyoshi Futori

TAKORA Kimiyoshi Futori

A T-shirt is casual wear, so I chose the number 72 for this project as representative of a happy or a lucky charm.

Happy birthday to people born in 1972! You are a Toshi-Otoko and Toshi-Onna (born in a year with the same sign of the Chinese zodiac in the year; mouse). I wish you a wonderful and happy year. I designed psychedelic and cute African plants for you. In the petals, mice hide secretly.

Check it out! I hope it you in the mood to wear the Chinese Zodiac T-shirt this summer.

UT Inspired: Number WABISABI
Design, Model: WABISABI


We designed the number, 13, in our original font, “hormone”. Some people regard it as a lucky number, while others consider it unlucky. There is no such number that has such conflicting characteristics as 13. That’s how we wanted to it to be.

If they like 13, we would love them to wear this T-shirt. If they don’t, we are terribly sorry..

UT Inspired: Number ZAnPon
Design: ZAnPon (Left)


122 is the age that Jeanne Louise Calment lived to. She is a French woman who has lived longer than anyone else in the world, since it’s been officially recorded. There is also a story that she started fencing at the age of 85. I was so impressed with this somewhat positive number that I tried to express 122 in my own way.

I designed this with the thought that people will feel or live positively by wearing this T-shirt, I hope that many people will wear this T-shirt.

UT Inspired: Number Kinpro
Design, Model: Kinpro


When I heard the theme, “Number” I first thought of counting numbers or numeric numbers. Then I imagined the image of gauze. Each fibre is weaved into a strong piece of gauze. But if even a single string gets frayed, the entire cloth gets frayed. Then again, you even get to like this “fray” of the gauze… although I’m sure it’s different from person to person how they feel about it. This is how I interpreted the “gauze” as “number”, and came up with this illustration.

I would be happy if people wore this with skinny leg trousers in a punk-ish style.

UT Inspired: Number CHO-CHAN
Design, Model: CHO-CHAN


As the theme was “Number”, I wanted to make a T-shirt with my favorite number, 8. As I wanted it to be something that makes people happy when they look at it or wear it, I thought “888” would look cute. Also, three digits are always the numbers for substitute players, so I wanted to cheer on such people. They are dancing numbers, sexy 8 dancers.

There are a set of three colors used on the design, and the combination of colors are different on each body color, which gives the different perspectives on each one, so please choose your favorite one. And I wish I could meet someone wearing this T-shirt.

UT Inspired: Number HITOMITOI
Design, Model: HITOMITOI


10 (to) – 1 (i) %! Toi%!! 101%!!!

The margin is the art.
The margin is the emotion.
The margin is the love, yes, love.
The margin is something you need in life.

The picture printed on the T-shirt was something from Sicily that I gathered the other day.
“Toi%”, thank you very much.
Well, I hope you will in the margin, 101%.

UT Inspired: Number exonemo
Design, Model: exonemo


About “108”
Not to add, but it’s the method of substitution.
Through time, people get closer to 0,
and start to shine hard.

Hello to all SHIFT readers, my name is exonemo.
Unlike any other creature living on earth, humans don’t use their own skin but use materials to protect their bodies. They grow into so many varieties, and I feel quite proud that such a wide variety exists for one type of creature. Not only that, some humans even extend their hair, or they control their bodies by removing their hair. In modern times, many men remove their lower facial hair with some special device, and many women get rid of their hair in other parts of the body. Furthermore, they even take the skin with hair off other animals to cover themselves, which can be the most oddest thing to do on earth.
But, who cares!
I just like this season when I can just have one T-shirt on!
I love it!

UT Inspired: Number Taku Anekawa
Design, Model: Taku Anekawa

Taku Anekawa

Feeling the sound of my heart beat. This is the closest feeling of being alive.
The rhythm of the heart. At this very moment, here it comes again and again.
The average number of the heart rate in one’s whole life: 4 billion.
This enormous number is going up here at this very moment, once again and again.

Hello, this is Anekawa. A needle is almost stinging my heart. I might be dead in 30 years’ time. It seems long, and it seems short. The feeling of fading life, and the reality of death. If one wants to weave a story full of life, it might be ideal to keep these two aspects close together.

A heart with a needle made of silver coating, this is what I intended to have an implication in these two motifs.

This T-shirt is for those (including myself) who spend everyday without realising that they could die tomorrow.

UT Inspired: Number Atsushi Toyama
Design: Atsushi Toyama, Model: Ayaka Sugiura

Atsushi Toyama

The word “Number” only reminds me of that particular sports magazine title. There might be a serious lack of imagination here.
On the day before the deadline, I just went mad and drew three circles.
There we go; one! two!! three!!!

One: My job is to make illustrations, I probably should express by drawing something, the passion and love that flows out of myself could not be expressed on such a little canvas.

Two: I had a vague feeling that there wouldn’t be strict restrictions from the client, so I tried something that wouldn’t be allowed in other projects.

Three: When there are three circles together, they look like like a face, or each circle looks like something from the galactic system. There seem to be small, medium and large ones. They might be do, re, mi, if they were sound pieces. So what??

※The T-shirts from UT Inspired series can be purchased from Uniqlo Online Store. (Domestic delivery only)

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