Liner Notes

Virt Seal Anatomy

  • Background
    • Leaves
      • Hemp. The misunderstood plant. The immediate connection most uninformed people relate to hemp is marijuana. However, hemp can be used to manufacture clothing, manufacture building supplies and transformed into various foods. Ironically, hemp is also used for weed control in some organic farming. It is this deeper layer of value that ties so deeply with Virt Ink.  Our products and designs always incorporate a deeper level of meaning beyond what appears on the surface.
      • Wreath. The leaves are shaped as a wreath, particularly a laurel wreath, to symbolize part of the culture that shapes Virt Ink. In ancient Greece victors in both athletic and poetic meets were crowned with a wreath to acknowledge their success. Coming from an urban background, the vast majority view sports and music as the most sought after path of betterment. Although most do not succeed professionally or commercially, the desire and diligence is what is truly to be rewarded.
    • Smoke
      • In Native American culture the smoke produced from a peace pipe symbolizes the words of prayers.  The prayers rise into the heavens and in turn the participants adhere staunchly to the vows or promises made so that blessings will in turn fall upon them. Loyalty and brotherhood is one of the tenants of the Middle Class High Life.
      • Lyre. The smoke is actually made up of repeating symbols for the lyre. Hermes became the god of merchants and thieves in Rome, he then stole some oxen from Apollo. The dispute was settled when Hermes gave Apollo his own musical instrument, the lyre. Being the symbol tied to thieves and merchants represents the inherent criminal ties that most share coming from the grittier side of the “middle class”. The atonement in the myth is a nod to the fact that, while most from that environment share a criminal element, oftentimes another path is chosen.
  • Ring
    • Circle
      • The circle is a symbol of completeness, a symbol with no divisions. Having a friendship with no divisions is What Virt Ink was founded on.
      • The circle is also a symbol of boundary. While the face value of Virt Ink is appreciated by the masses, there is an inner circle of knowledge and custom that is embedded within.
    • Men of Leisure, Women of Pleasure
      • The balance/reward for hard work is the ability to seek pleasure in leisurely activities.  
      • You may notice that the words are facing the inside of the circle, so that the entire ring has to be rotated in order for the words to be read right side up. This is to represent the idea of a cypher. In hip hop the cypher is the essential format for lyricists. It is within a cypher that rhymes are given in their raw form and critique is received immediately. If you aren’t worthy of being within the cypher you would be promptly excused. The cypher is the symbol comradery and battle in Hip Hop and is where the members of Virt Ink formed their earliest bonds.
  • Inner Circle
    • Segments
      • The 90 degree line and vertical line that break the inner circle into segments is semaphore for the numbers 2 and 4. In numerology 2 and 4 become 6, which in Roman Numerals are the letters V and I.
    • Upper left segment
      • The two birds in this segment represent the old adage of “Birds of a feather, flock together.” Again this is a nod to the friendship and comradery shared by Virt Ink.
      • The raven and oriole are a testament to the city of Baltimore, a representation of both sports teams.
      • East is the direction of youth, happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Both birds are facing east in conjunction with the Virt lifestyle incorporating these ideas.
    • Lower left segment
      • Hammer
        • The hammer is symbolically the tool of the middle class. Blacksmiths, carpenters, and geologists all use the hammer to shape raw materials into beautiful creations or unearth things missed by others.
        • It is used to both build and destroy therefore it must be used with balance and precision.
        • Hammer is also slang for gun, an unfortunate part of reality that impacts everyone from an inner city background.
      • Key
        • The key is a symbol of knowledge. With knowledge all doors can be opened.
        • The skelton key shape reinforces the idea of knowledge opening multiple doors.  
        • The bow of the key shares its shape with the head of the budget microphone that many of the founders of Virt Ink used while forming what has become Virt Ink. The teeth of the key are the numeral “22”. A nod to 22nd Dimension, the predecessor to Virt Ink.
      • Anchor
        • The inverted hammer and key cross member form the shape of an anchor. The anchor is a symbol of strength and stability. The ability to hold on no matter how rough the waves get. The combination of the two symbols that make up the anchor are a testament to what holds Virt Ink together.
        • The anchor was also used to covertly show one’s Christianity.
    • Right segment
      • Grapes
        • Grapes symbolize wealth and class, an aspiration of the Middle Class High Life that exists although not in the prominent forefront.
        • Grapes also represent wine. A favorite drink of Virt Ink’s.
        • Wine is also used as symbol of the life blood of Christ.
        • There are 15 grapes. In numerology 1 and 5 become 6, which in Roman Numerals are the letters V and I.
      • Barley/Wheat
        • Wheat is the symbol of leadership and creativity. Both are strong characteristics shared among Virt Ink.
        • Wheat also symbolizes bread, which is symbolically linked to the body of Christ.
        • Barley is symbolic of beer. Another favorite drink of Virt Ink.
        • There are 22 fully visible spikelets on the middle rachis.