2008 is a sad year for all Americans whether we like it or not. Â With the Presendtial campaign winding down we have come to realize all of the flaws in our checks and balances system that our founding fathers deviously devised. Â Our presidental candidates have resorted to fear tactics to scare voters to choose, and most of all, our economy is in the toilet. Â A toilet made in China.
Everything we own comes from an Asian continent. Â Why? Â I haven’t the slightest idea anymore. Â Do employers and people on wallstreet have any idea how much money American would rake in if it produced it’s own products? Â How many jobs it would give Americans that deserve it? Â The arrogance of bankers, congress, and politicians alike amazes me, but I never thought I would see the day that even the graphic t-shirts that I’ve come to love would fall prey to economic troubles and Asian outsourcing. Â Even those trendy artists and tree huggers alike that claim their tees that they sell on the streets of major cities are ‘homemade’ fail to note that the cotten t-shirts that they are printing on come from China, Taiwan, or some other country selling them at dirt cheap wholesale prices. Â Ninety-seven percent of all clothing sold in the United States is no longer made in the U.S. Yet, Minnesota is home to two long-standing textile manufacturers.Â
Today I am offering a retrospective, and a digital monument to all of those creative graphic t-shirts made in America.