Chido-En Service Shirt
Los Angeles is primarily made up of large sprawling suburban neighborhoods. A prototypical home features a prominent front yard with a lawn symbolic of the American Dream. These lawns have been historically maintained by different waves of immigrants of color — be it Japanese and Korean diasporas of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries or the Mexican and Central American diasporas from the late twentieth century until today.
The LA landscaper endures many physical challenges due to the nature of their work, but there are also external factors and stigmas that make the work even harder. The reality is that most landscapers are proud of their work and have skills that take years to acquire. Many of these landscapers in LA have become entrepreneurs, building a large client base with multiple employees. Whether it be a small or large company, the worker shirt (usually seen as a long sleeve tee in bright orange or yellow color) is an essential item for landscapers in LA.
The shirt helps promote their services, protect them from the elements, and feel a sense of pride in the work they do. The Chido-EN service shirt is directly inspired by the landscaper shirts seen throughout the city. Printed in Van Nuys by Blythe Printing Studio on off-yellow Comfort Colors, 6.1-ounce, 100% ring-spun pre-shrunk cotton.
Image courtesy of Proyectos Tyrone
Proyectos Tyrone is a conduit for BIPOC-centric projects that promote artisans/designers/humans from marginalized LA regions. Proyectos Tyrone is happy to release it's second project at Cafe Murmurs with artist Javier Ramirez:
Chido-En is the bonsai project of LA-based artist Javier Ramirez. Chido-En offers traditional bonsai services and a hand-picked amount of carefully selected starter and intermediate trees available for purchase. Merging the Mexican slang word for cool (Chido) and the Japanese word for garden (En), Chido–En also explores the mixing of two distinct cultural realms. With Chido-En, Javier weaves together the ancient Japanese art form of bonsai with his native Mexican-American visual language to present something that feels distinct yet respectful of the two cultures.