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This T-shirt is part of a series where Union has collaborated with 3 brands to produce some special, socially conscious products. The collaborative is called "The Return" and its intentions are to reminisce back to a more conscious times where we were constantly speaking up for ourselves and against social injustices. The racially unjust events of this past year have spawned a new energy to "fight the power" so to speak. All proceeds from the sales of these shirts are being donated to charity. Thanks to PNB, TooBlackGuys and GRQ$.
Don’t Shoot GRQ$ X UNION LA
After the Rodney King verdict came down and LA went up in flames during the riots most of the blame was placed on Police Chief Daryl Gates. Gates was a known racists that let several heinous acts by white officers transpire under his watch. The infuriated black community lashed out in several ways. One of my favorites was a poster mocked up to look like a shooting range target with an image of Chief Gates at the center. I remember seeing them sold on street corners and even in a scene of the infamous film Menace to Society. For whatever reason I could never get my hands on one.
This coveted poster was our initial inspiration for our t-shirt. I was never able to find an image of the Chief Gates poster but ran into some great images of vintage shooting targets. My partner and head designer Jamie Benson used these vintage targets as inspiration to create our “Don’t Shoot” graphic.
We then were curious to how many wrongful deaths of african americans had been caused by the hands of police officers in recent years. To say the least the numbers were staggering. We then decided to memorialize as many of the deceased by listing their names on the back of our t-shirt.
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