I spent most of the day yesterday reading about protest art from the 1940’s through the 1980’s.
I was reading about art to try to keep myself off social media because the news has been one disappointment after the next. Racial and antisemitic hate crimes are happening in rising numbers across our country as leaders picked by Trump are put in place that reinforce white nationalism and male superiority. It’s scary. It’s angering. It’s frustrating to watch from a short distance. It seems like a nightmare fueled by too much sci-fi and caffeine or a surreal scene from Pink Floyd’s, “The Wall” coming to life before my eyes.
So yeah, I tried to get away from it (the hate and disappointment and pain and anger and sadness) for a few hours by completely logging off social media. I read about art. But couldn’t pull my mind away from the political reality we are in. So I found myself studying posters that promoted things like equality, the Black Panthers, The Black Liberation movement, feminism, labor laws, war and peace and more.
The culmination of my “escape” was to make my own protest poster about the history we are in the middle of. It’s my first protest poster. There may be more if people find them useful or cathartic.
If you want you can print this at home as a poster or stickers. Use it for whatever you like as long as you don’t make $ off of it. Stick it on walls, put it on your fridge, share it on social media, tell your friends and organizers about it. Make copies. Turn it into a sign. Use it for whatever free application you can think of. If you need it larger, I have attached the file to the original Patreon post for you to download and print at home.
If you want the easy way to stand up and fight with this image, I have included this design in my RedBubble shop where you can get shirts posters stickers and more. I only make a few bucks from the shirts and a few cents when you buy a sticker, but know even if you pay a small amount for my art, I’ll be able to survive as an artist and make more art.
Stay strong and get organized. Download the image from here.