Paying respect to our city, the KIN*MIA Lotto t-shirt features three quintessential icons of Miami: a pink flamingo and palm tree positioned in front of one of Florida’s famous sunrises.
The plastic pink flamingo was first designed in 1957. However, these lawn ornaments don’t hail from Miami or even Florida at all — these fake birds were actually conceived of in Leominster, Massachusetts —the “plastic capital” of the world. And interestingly enough, the prevalence of the iconic pink flamingo in pop-culture stems from the 1972 classic by John Waters of the same name. But don’t be fooled – the movie The Pink Flamingo has almost nothing to do with the tropical fowl.
Today, these plastic pink flamingos can be seen as a sign of tackiness, which we unabashedly adopt as our own. The palm tree, ubiquitous in South Florida, represents victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life; while the sunrise is a symbol of re-birth and attainment of knowledge as it signifies the end of the darkness. See also, Guru.