Red is NOT ‘the new black’

red is the new blackJoni Graves,
Spring Green, WI.

I made this mash-up design for a t-shirt after an unfortunate coincidence in my email inbox. Prior to today’s announcement by the DA in the shooting of Tony Robinson, and two minutes after the UW-Madison Chancellor’s email “Campus resources for the Tony Robinson decision”, I received a “Badger Voice” newsletter email from the Alumni Association with a picture of four bright red t-shirt designs and the headline “Red is the New Black” (a “fashion cliche” that, according to a 2004 column by William Safire, probably goes back to the mid-1990s). Under the circumstances, I wanted to say “red is NOT ‘the new black'”.


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