So, I’m reading Boing Boing last night, and I see an item about a planed freedom-to-photograph protest that is to happen on June 1, in Los Angeles. The article mentioned a Flickr discussion group. I went over to Flickr and I joined that group. There was some talk at that group about wearing similar t-shirts as a unifying gesture. I can’t be in Los Angeles in June, but I can design a t-shirt.
You see, it has / pissed me off considerably / that "The Man" / has been / hassling / law abiding citizens / who dare / to engage / in their / first amendment / right to take / photos in public places. / Other photographers are / getting pissed-off as well.
(See also Flickr video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photodrift/2422740769/ )
I have designed a number of t-shirt images in my life. I have had a few of them made, but only for my own amusement. I could sell them, but who would buy? No one. Both CafePress and Zazzle allow people to sell their own images on t-shirts that CafePress or Zazzle would produce. I have known this for a long time. I have not done anything with this information because I don’t produce images that anyone else would want.
So, just for the hell of it, I design some words to put on a t-shirt. After some consideration, I whittle the words down to "Photography is not a crime". The words are simple, concise, to-the-point, and none the worse for having been used before.
Now, having made the image to put on a t-shirt, what do I do with it? I have put other putative t-shirt images up on my Flickr page (here and here). So, I put this image up on Flickr as well. However, the people over at the "freedom-to-photograph" Flickr discussion group really need real t-shirts. I can’t make the t-shirts myself, but the people over at CafePress and Zazzle can do it, if I ask them to. So, just for the hell of it, I ask them to!
What do you know! I now have stores up at CafePress and Zazzle! Having fashioned the stores, I might as well use them. It does not matter to me if no one buys the things. I lose no money on the deal. Nor do I expect to make any money.
Right now, I have one shirt (image) available at CafePress and Zazzle. (I think that the shirt at Zazzle is the better of the two.) It will take almost no effort at all to put up more images at CafePress and Zazzle. You can bet that sometime in the near future, I will be having more products up and available. I think, however, that I will wait until after June 1, so as to not muddy the waters on the issue that caused me to create the stores in the first place.
---Pip R. Lagenta