Curse and Blessing of the "Stands for Something" T-shirt


What I hate about the "stands-for-something" (SFS) T-shirt is that it adds to the mess of soundbites that generally paint each of us into an ideological corner.  It adds to the "black-and-whiteness" of how people unfortunately judge each other (you're either this or that, nothing is nuanced).  The SFS T-shirt, like most protest signs, is brief and to the point...snappy, witty (we hope)...driving home a position.  The difference is that the protest sign is used in a specific moment with specific context (usually at a march or rally surrounded by crowds that are on one side or the other of a specific issue) while the T-shirt is usually worn in the everyday world, floating out there with no context. This is a blessing and curse for the SFS T-shirt.  Curse...people look at you sideways with zero understanding.  Blessing...you wake-up passersby...who give you the quiet satisfying "nod" of approval or the vocal invasive disapproval...either way, you sparked something. Thankfully, blessing far out ways the curse...which is why I'm doing what I'm doing.  That's what I love about SFS T-shirts.  

Will the Make America GOOD Again T-shirt spark a conversation? Too subtle?  Let us know what you think.  Which version do you like better - red or blue?  (All tees are in beta at purescue!)

 


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