Blackwing Volume 3 - Ravi Shankar Limited Release Pencil
In June of 1966, George Harrison met maestro Ravi Shankar in Bath, England. Harrison asked Ravi to teach him how to play the sitar, a task Ravi agreed to only after considerable hesitation. Their collaboration resulted in an explosion in the popularity of classical Indian music and culture in the United States and around the world.
The Blackwing 3 is a tribute to Ravi Shankar on his 100th birthday. It features our extra-firm graphite and a matte turmeric finish accented with a pattern inspired by one of Ravi’s iconic sitars. The pattern prominently features the ॐ (Om), a sacred Sanskrit symbol with three phonetic components that correlate to the waking, dream, and unconscious states of being.
A portion of every pack sold will benefit the Ravi Shankar Foundation and their mission to "preserve the diversity of cultures and richness of their arts." Learn more about the pencil and the foundation here.
Also released with Volume 3:
Inside the Endless Om 7-inch Vinyl Record:
"Inside the Endless Om" was written by Johnny Irion and Nashville songwriter John Goodwin and features an all-star group of performers, including Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips), Michael Jorgensen (Wilco), Alan Kozlowski, and John Goodwin’s childhood friend Jeff Bridges. Each performer performed their portion of the track while in isolation.
Yellow / orange swirl out of 500 (the finished look of each record may vary)