“PRINCE OF CAMBODIA” - THE WHO, WHAT & WHY

"RAISED IN EASTSIDE OF LONG BEACH, CA. HE'S CHALLENGED ADVERSITY, FIGHTING FOR HIS PEOPLE, NEVER GIVING UP & THAT IS THE KHMER WAY"  

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MY PRIDE

IS MY PEOPLE!

With a fight moniker of “The Prince of Cambodia”, 22 year-old professional Muay Thai fighter, Sovankesa Som, isn’t one to quietly fade into the background. Som, may not literally be a prince, but his authority in the ring leaves no doubt: he’s in the game to leave his mark.

 photo credit by Ahren Nunag 

photo credit by Ahren Nunag 

Training out of Inglewood by way of Cambodia under the coaching of Kru Rod McKiver, Som takes great pride in his roots, and his strong sense of self. It was this undeniable pride of nation and bloodline that spearheaded the Satra design.

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CHALLENGING ADVERSITY

"I've been through tough battles and wars, I been knocked down but always got back up!

The skull-like face is the focal point of the design, masked with a yak bandana of an other-worldly demon that altered his destructive path to achieve nirvana.

Radiating off the facial imagery are lightning bolts representing the knowledge and energy the mind emits when it is in a state of complete focus and determination.  

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Acting as a protective ring around the face  is the sak yant calligraphy, the Thai prayers bestowing protection, success, and luck.

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Written By: Jumana Bississo IG: Joujou55

“GRITLIFE” - THE WHO, WHAT & WHY

Defying the Social Norm!! An Empowerment For Women Of The New Generation! 

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In a sport traditionally dominated by men, Jackie Buntan is one of a growing crop of women earning their stripes within the burgeoning Southern California Muay Thai community.

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Defying the expectation!

"I always hear, She's pretty good for a girl" 

At a mere 20 years old, Buntan has emerged as a fighter to watch. Training out of Boxing Works in Torrance, CA since age 11, the amateur super bantamweight already has 16 bouts under her belt. With a record of thirteen wins, and three losses, she is no doubt a force to be reckoned with.

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I'm a Robot

I feel no pain, I must go on and finish it!

As with every design, symbolism plays a vital role in representing each individual fighter. For Buntan, the inspiration directly pulls from her Filipino roots, and the summoning of pure power and strength.

 photo credit by: Victor Alverez

photo credit by: Victor Alverez

Starting outwards and moving in, the eight sunbeams are a direct reference to the national flag of the Philippines, and its eight provinces.  Peering inward from there is the image of a rising sun centered on a blossoming lotus flower which fast-becomes the focal point of the design representing purity in its greatest form. Within the sun, are two tigers facing one another in the traditional Thai symbol of strength and power – sak yant. At the heart of it all lies the star, paying homage to Boxing Works, the gym she has been loyal to since the onset of her training in the sport.And finally the typography: GritLife—a stark reminder to persevere from hardship above all.

Written by: Jumana Bississo IG: Joujou55

 

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 Our first concept Mafia Daum 

Our first concept Mafia Daum 

“L.A. NATIVE” - THE WHO, WHAT & WHY

“Dope!”. “Goes hard!”. “Straight gangster!” These are surely fitting descriptions for this custom and one-of-a-kind offering from Satrawoot. 

The design draws its title directly from the fighter who inspired it. David Huerta; whose love and devotion for the sport of Muay Thai is rivaled only by that of his family, friends and his home city: L.A. Make no mistake about it, life in L.A. can be unforgiving and David Huerta is as flawed as they come.

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Dope!

To Live & Die in L.A.

 Skatedeck Limited Release

Skatedeck Limited Release

 

The Praying Hands at the base of the design represent his plea to the heavens for aid in surviving his own demons. The braided Mongkol draped between his thumbs are his savior, Muay Thai itself. His tattooed hand and knuckles are evidence of his pride as a fighter and a pure Angeleno. His moniker “King Tong” is boldly cast in the golden color of Ginger, a root that is found deep in the soil with properties both powerful and strong.

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“Goes hard!"

But even with this design’s intricacy and “street-cred”, there’s still more lying beneath it’s surface.


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“Straight gangster!”

Now, look closely beneath the hand tattoo; yes, closer still, that is a bridge, appropriately tagged with Satrawoot. It’s an homage to the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles, which albeit has been recently dismantled, will forever be a symbol of L.A. pride within the hearts of millions. The Navy Blue, White and Gold color palette is also an intentional nod to the LA Rams and UCLA institutions.

 Our first initial concept design pitch to David.

Our first initial concept design pitch to David.

So, now you know. The next time you pull this tee over your head, whether you’re headed to the gym or the fights, you can rest easy knowing that David Huerta and all of L.A. has got your back.

words by: Charles of @teepthis