dis magazine’s new t-shirts let you wear the change you want to see in the world

The platform commissioned five artists to design t-shirts that are both political and fashionable.

Jul 16 2015, 5:05pm

photo courtesy DIS magazine

Politics are fashionable. Last week, Hillary released a line of rad campaign swag, making political activism fashion's new frontier. And, as usual, DIS magazine beat the rest of the world to the progressive political game.

The ever-relevant and future-focused platform recently added DISawareness tees to its diffusion line of artist-designed products, DISown. From turquoise tees printed with Imagine there's no Israel and Imagine there's no Palestine to white shirts with Castration Crew scribbled on the back, the collection explores the controversial conflict in Gaza and reimagines an iconic t-shirt for the all-girl hardcore punk band, Spitboy. The artists involved include K8 Hardy and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

"We're in the midst of a global crisis," DIS's Lauren Boyle told i-D via email. "Recently DIS magazine has responded by exploring the ethics of ecology and the environmental crisis and demystifying urgent questions related to big data. We wanted to incorporate these discussions and ideas into DISown."

In a meta way that explores both the world's global issues as well as commodity activism, DIS's new line continues a long tradition of fashionable campaigning: "In our research, we became fascinated with political t-shirt trends, in particular @GOPteens and other right-wing groups," Boyle continued. "Where are the crazy and inspiring progressive t-shirts for our generation? In the grand tradition of commodity activism, we commissioned five artists to design t-shirts that raise awareness. Direct action that's ready-to-wear."

The shirts are available now at the DISown online shop, so DIS encourages you to be, or at least wear, the change that you want to see in the world. 


Text Hana Beach
Photos courtesy DIS magazine