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Then They Fight You, Then You Level Up Geek T-Shirt

It’s sad, but true: tales of protest don’t always end with “and then you win.”

A couple of weeks ago, Rowan summed up the hopelessness that plagues many progressive activists with a poster reworking Gandhi’s old slogan to read, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you die.”

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Good Shirts Doing Good: The Four Corners of Skreened’s Ethical Foundation

Yesterday afternoon, the print-on-demand t-shirt outfit called Skreened renewed its commitment to ethical practice, issuing this statement:

1. Ethically made – inside and out. We start with only American Made garments. That’s our baseline for treating workers at the beginning of the process with respect. Money is our way to vote our conscience daily and [...]

Santa Claus is a Socialist European!

You thought Barack Obama was a threat to international capitalism? He’s got nothing on Santa Claus. Haven’t you noticed the striking similarity in appearance between Santa and Karl Marx? [...]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on [...]

New CafePress Marketplace Designs Down 22% since March 2009

When in the early summer CafePress raised prices for customers buying t-shirts and cut pay for designers making graphics for t-shirts, a number of observers predicted that CafePress would lose designers to competitors like Zazzle and Skreened. It was also predicted that CafePress would lose market share to these competitors as a result. Have these [...]

Skreened offers $3-$4 Discounts on Custom Shirts for All July

Pssst. If you enter the coupon code “fireworks” at checkout when you buy one of our ethically-made-in-the-USA t-shirts from Skreened, you’ll get 15% off the cost. That comes out to $3-$4 off per shirt, a pretty good deal. The coupon will work through the entire month of July.

Peace Spider Children's Tshirt

I know that my son, when he goes to school in the Peace Spider shirt, will be promoting a more peaceful message than the superheroes do. He’ll also have a design that none of the other kids in his school are likely to have. That’s definitely something I couldn’t find at Target or Wal-Mart. [...]

Peace Spider Children’s Tshirt

I know that my son, when he goes to school in the Peace Spider shirt, will be promoting a more peaceful message than the superheroes do. He’ll also have a design that none of the other kids in his school are likely to have. That’s definitely something I couldn’t find at Target or Wal-Mart. [...]

Justice Clothing and Justice Clothing

They’re promoting injustice using the brand name Justice to make it seem otherwise, appealing to young girls’ fresh idealism even as they trash it, selling clothes for tweens that probably were made by tweens in outsourced sweatshops. [...]

CafePress Boom! New Ethical Design Possibilities with Sweatshop-Free Dark Cotton Kids Shirts

For us here at Irregular Times, selling shirts is like licking fingers: we like to know where they’ve been. We sell shirts made by American Apparel because the company is transparent and reliably regulated when it comes it its workforce and compensation practices. Most apparel producers work very hard to hide the information about their [...]

Cafepress or Skreened? Comparing Ethics, Base Price and Design Area, the Choice is Clear

There’s more than a little hyperbole out there about changes to the Terms of Service by the print-on-demand merchandiser CafePress, and some of it is more than a bit hypocritical. Buzz Edition tweets, “Artists get shafted by @cafepress Slave labor was abolished…Right?” and Lavender Liberal blogs:

If you recoil at the idea of buying a [...]