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T-Shirt. Source: Andrew Stelzer

T-Shirt. Source: Andrew Stelzer

The T-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe, worn by pretty much everyone at one time or another. It’s a sort of common denominator in a culture marked by differences. On this edition, we’ll hear how three T-shirt designers use the garments as a way to fight racism, communicate cultural identity, and mourn friends who’ve passed away.

This show has been a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Thanks to student producer, Jacob Fenston who wrote and edited this show under the guidance of independent media producer and UC Berkeley journalism lecturer, Claire Schoen.


Inez Brooks-Myers, Oakland Museum of California Curator of Costume and Textiles; Eric K. Arnold, Bay Area arts and culture writer; Ryan Suda, Black Lava Clothing owner and founder; David Sanchez, Native Graphix/HOMEY master printer; Mauricio Quijada, Native Graphix/HOMEY printmaker; Jordan Perez, HOMEY intern; René Quiñones, HOMEY executive director; Nautiks, Filthy Dripped co-owner; 510 Airbrush, Filthy Dripped airbrush artist; Friends and Family of Creon Burns Jr.; dozens of t-shirt wearers in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, Santa Monica, Gardena and Los Angeles.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Jacob Fenston
Producer and Associate Producer: Andrew Stelzer and Puck Lo
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy, Aubrey Green
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

T-Shirt Slideshow
Photos: Jacob Fenston


Nautiks hand-painting a memorial shirt at Filthy Dripped.

For more information:

Oakland Museum of California – Oakland, CA

Black Lava Clothing – Torrance, CA

HOMEY – San Francisco, CA

Filthy Dripped Art Couture – Berkeley, CA


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Author: Radio Project

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