It’s been more than a week since Kevin Eric Raymundo, also known as Tarantadong Kalbo, posted his now viral artwork on social media. The image of a standing fist amidst a sea of bowed ones has truly resonated with many Filipinos. “Wala sa plano 'yung may ‘magtutuloy’ nung artwork ko. Kaya din nagulat ako nung may nagdagdag ng kani-kanilang mga sarili dun sa likha," Raymundo told ABS-CBN News Wednesday.
Indeed, it’s become a small movement online, with many artists and non-artists adding their own avatars to the original raised fist—the universal symbol of standing against oppression. Many are interpreting it as a wake up call, for Filipinos to finally take a stand on issues they feel strongly about, or a suggestion to make one’s voice heard in the next elections by registering to vote. Tumindig. Manindigan. Let your voice be heard.
A week later and the “tumindig” images just keep growing and many are taking the original image to the next level—as artists are wont to—or just putting their own unique stamp on the raised fist. Below are some of the ‘tumindig’ fists we think are so extra, they need to be put on the spotlight.
1. Artist Leeroy New’s raised fist made of discarded plastic water bottles.
2. Sharon See’s crocheted fist with red nail polish
3. Graphic artist Dan Matutina’s iron fist with jade ring. “Nakikiisa kay @tarantadongkalbo at sa ibang mga artists.”
4. Artist Arnold Arre’s fist with the colors of the flag
5. Comedian Red Ollero’s real fist with face and mic. “Pasensya na @tarantadongkalbo gusto ko sana makisali kaso di ako magaling mag-drawing…pero bugbogin ko sa punchlines mga hayop na yan.”
6. Patreng Non’s fist beside a community pantry. “Tumitindig at lumalaban para sa food security at karapatan ng ating mga magsasaka.”
7. Ad agency Gigil’s logo fist
8. Ellipsis Coffee Antipolo’s latte art fist. “Finding encouragement in a lot of artist posts. We are not alone. (Sorry kaliwete ako. Haha)”
9. Cubao Customs custom vinyl figure fist. “Nakikiisa ang Cubao Customs kay Tarantadong Kalbo at sa mga artista ng bayan na #TUMINDIG, nag-ingay at ngayon ay lumalaban!”
10. Teatro 77’s theater ghost fist. “Even the theater ghosts say ‘tumindig.’”
11. Designer Mich Dulce’s “very badly rendered me” fist with fascinator. “Illustration is definitely not one of my skills, but will never turn down the opportunity to stand in solidarity with other Filipino creatives who use their voices to demand for change, defend democracy and stand up for human rights.” Her message also came with a call to register to vote here https://irehistro.comelec.gov.ph/cef1 before September 30, and a PS to VP Leni Robredo to run for President.
12. Bayani Galera’s Mongol #2 pencil fist.