Memento Mori Bundle (Medallion + Print)
Memento Mori (“remember you will die”) is the ancient tradition of reflecting on mortality. Used properly memento mori is invigorating — a tool to create priority and urgency. To treat our time as a gift and not waste it on the trivial and vain.
We're excited to offer this bundle deal as a way to keep the powerful reminder front of mind.
Memento Mori Medallion
Each coin is handcrafted in the United States by a custom mint operating in Minnesota since 1882. The same mint where the iconic AA anniversary medallions were created in 1973 by Bill Westman, an employee. Westman wanted to create something to leave with people he interacted with in recovery groups and to mark their achievements in sobriety. To remind them of the messages of AA and help keep them on their road to recovery. Westman’s advice was “carry this in your pocket or purse and when temptation is great, reach into your pocket and feel the medallion and remember your struggle to get this far.”
The front features an interpretation of de Champaigne’s 17th century painting and the back shows a shortened version of Aurelius’s timeless wisdom. The coin acts as a reminder to not obsess over trivialities, or trying to become famous, make more money than we could ever spend, or make plans far off in the future. All these are negated by death. It’s time we stop pretending otherwise.
Memento Mori Print
Inspired by our popular Memento Mori Medallion, this 11 x 17" print is pressed into thick 100lb French Kraft-Tone stock.
Each print is made using the centuries old letterpress technique, stamping each image into the paper to give incredible detail and texture.
The print is a modern interpretation of the French painter Philippe de Champaigne's painting "Still Life with a Skull," which showed the three essentials of existence - the tulip (life), the skull (death), and the hourglass (time). The original painting is part of a genre referred to as Vanitas, a form of 17th century artwork featuring symbols of mortality which encourage reflection on the meaning and fleetingness of life.