also i'm really sick of social justice t-shirt and poster making companies using really borderline generic designs
take this image by Liberation Ink for their Assata Shakur t-shirt
i’m sorry, but there’s nothing about this design to remotely suggest that this is Assata and not just a woman with an Afro
there’s nothing unique about her features or presentation to convince me that she’s Assata
its like, i get the economy behind designing like this
its an image that’s easy enough to mass transfer onto many t-shirts without very little effort
but if we’re going to make “liberation” or “revolutionary”/“social justice” t-shirts
can they be revolutionary in the sense that the graphic design is a celebration of our natural features, reclaimed beauty, and a shifting aesthetic politic that decolonizes itself?