RP? ARPEE? Who and What?
I have Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP. My blindness can be described as losing peripheral vision, and dark adaptation, or night blindness. During the day I see, fairly clearly, about 7 degrees. Tunnelvision. For me, it’s like looking through Swiss cheese, or a long toilet paper tube. At night, it’s like I’m looking through the toilet paper tube while wearing sunglasses.
We all have different conditions, at varying degrees of loss. But, we’re all in the same boat.
FROM WHERE DO YOUR PRODUCTS SHIP?
Most of our shirts are printed and shipped from North Carolina. Sweatshirts are shipped from Mexico, the USA, and the Philippines, and may take upwards of two weeks to arrive.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE RASH GUARD SHIRTS?
Our long-sleeve Rash Guard shirts are highly sought after for their awesome water applications. Blind swimmers have a nearly impossible time wielding their canes effectively. The brightly colored shirts with “BLIND” in no uncertain terms let everybody know which swimming bodies can’t see. An apparent Godsend to parents!
WHERE ARE YOU TAKING US, MR. AWAREWOLF?
Great question! I see AwareWolf Gear as a movement; the birth of a community. I see all too often, on social media, that we all have issues, that there are many recurring themes running among us. Of note, people are not focusing on their surroundings, being distracted and simply not paying attention. The sighted community assumes that every person on the street can see, and will make at least some attempt to avoid oncoming traffic. We can’t. And the brightest, most reflective safety vest produced will simply not inform the world that we can’t see them coming. Only “Here I am.” By gently announcing that we can’t see, the dynamic will shift.
So where are we going? I have many directions I see Awarewolf heading:
AWAREWOLF CUBS. Attire for our blind and visually impaired youth. A softer, friendlier Awarewolf cub as a logo. Lets the chillens know it’s OK to be blind. And yup, here I am.
“GUIDE” Shirts for our sighted human guides. The back logo will be an Awarewolf guide… wolf, on all fours, with the awesome “I got-cha, Dude” attitude. Confident and safe.
Package Deals? Team Uniforms?
Nothing is out of the realm! Have an idea? Want to purchase a set or collection? We can help you.
BUT, speaking of uniforms…
Team shirts. And by “team,” I mean the “club” you belong to, that got you here in the first place. Me? I’m an Arpee. (RP) My team could be the “Arpees,” and our mascot could be a wedge of confidant Swiss cheese. Because that’s how we often describe our vision- like looking through Swiss cheese. Or a toilet paper tube. Or Swiss cheese. Please note: I can only speak for my Team. You can come up with your own Team names and mascots!