UPDATE: These T-Shirts Are Helping Support the Black Lives Matter Protests
Here is a list of inspiring T-shirts that brands are selling in an effort to aid the Black Lives Matter movement, protests, and initiatives across the country.
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Every Wednesday afternoon, Complex Style usually publishes a post that highlights a series of new items releasing from our favorite brands. It is a list meant to help streetwear and fashion fans decide how to spend their money or update their closet with the latest drops. But in the wake up of the ongoing protests around the country surrounding racial injustice and the senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black men and women, we feel that this is not the time to ask our readers to spend hundreds of dollars on something that feels rather trivial. There are much more important things happening around us that we need to give attention to.
Many brands have decided to do more than simply post a message to their social media profile. Some have donated directly to the cause, while others have released special products to source funding. Check out some of the brands using their platform to aid the cause below.
If you would rather simply donate directly, we encourage everyone to use their "new clothes" budgets to support one of the various bail funds and organizations across the country that are aiding the front lines during this time. A list of these initiatives can be found here.
Freshjive has reissued its "Black Is Not a Crime" graphic T-shirt. All proceeds are being donated to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenge racial and economic justice, and to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
This Miami skate brand has decided to promote a message we should all easily be able to get behind. Short. Sweet. To the point. "Fuck Racism." All proceeds will be donated to the (F)empower Community Bond Fund.
Brain Dead has teamed up with Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes to release a special graphic T-shirt. Proceeds will be split between the Movement 4 Black Lives (M4BL) and LGBTQ Fund. "If You Love Black Culture, Protect Black Lives."
Fear of God
Jerry Lorenzo took to Instagram on Thursday morning to announce that a special run of Fear of God's "FG" logo T-shirts flipped to read "GF" in honor of George Floyd will be releasing via the brand's IG page this Friday. In a message of solidarity, other streetwear brands are listed across the back of the T-shirt including Union, Noah, Off-White, Awake NY, Just Don, Denim Tears, and Melody Ehsani. All proceeds will be donated to the Gianna Floyd Fund to help provide for his 6-year old daughter. Lorenzo writes, "We can never become for her what was lost, but we can help fill a small hole in her life by providing one thing she may not have to worry about."
Advisory Board Crystals
Advisory Board Crystals has released this graphic T-shirt in three colorways. Each color will see proceeds donated to one of three causes: Campaign Zero (black), Reclaim the Block (white), or the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (grey). Each shows side-by-side images of Minnesota, one of its outdoor scenery and the other of the city of Minneapolis during protest along with the phrase "Such a pretty planet, such an ugly world," as well as a glittered overlay of a broken apart United States. The back reads, "how much time do you want for your progress?"
Tremaine Emory has released a graphic T-shirt of his own. The front features a photo from the 1992 LA Riots of a man with a peace sign on his shirt in front of a blazing fire. A quote from James Baldwin appears printed across the back. All proceeds are being donated to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp, which provides multiple resources to empower black and brown communities.
Diet Starts Monday
Diet Starts Monday has released five graphic T-shirts with 100 percent of proceeds being split between Reclaim the Block, Color of Change, and the National Bail Out Fund. "Be part of the change. This is the tipping point. If you’re not with us, get the fuck out of our way."
Easy Otabor's Infinite Archives has teamed up with Hiroshi Fujiwara for the "End Racism" T-shirt. The design is inspired by GOODENOUGH's "End Racism" graphic that Fujiwara released in 1991 as a response to the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. All proceeds will be donated to Chicago's Rebuild Foundation.
This New York City-based gym and streetwear brand Yeah, I Work Out (Y,IWO) has launched its own "Black Power" T-shirt. The throwback artwork drawn by '80s artist Brett Lenger is an homage to black bodybuilders. All proceeds are being split between self-care initiatives for black youth like InnerCity Weightlifting, the Lift for Life Gym, and the Uniquely You Summit.
Bape will be releasing a "Black Lives Matter" graphic T-shirt on Saturday, June 20 through its online store. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated evenly between Black Lives Matter and Color of Change.
The legendary heavy metal band has re-purposed its black and purple Master of Reality cover to read "Black Lives Matter." All proceeds from the sales of this T-shirt will be donated to the Black Lives Matter Global Networks Foundation.
This newly-opened Chicago boutique has created two graphic T-shirts to aid its community displaying messages such as "No Justice, No Peace" and "Black Lives Matter." All proceeds are being donated to the Chicago Community Bail Fund.
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Jamie Story has released the "World Is Ours" collection, which includes a T-shirt, hoodie, and hat. All net proceeds are being donated to Black Lives Matter and Reclaim the Block.
Cherry Los Angeles has joined forces with Carrots, Wasted Youth, Shabbaaaaa, and Uncle Paulie's for this charitable T-shirt release. The front graphic sees a protestor holding a sign reading "Enough" in front of police, while the back acts as a memorial to many of the black men and women who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality. All proceeds are being donated to the The United Negro College Fund and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.
The Hundreds x BBC
The Hundreds and Billionaire Boys Club have come together for a special collab with all proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter and the Black Mental Health Alliance. The front features The Hundreds' Adam Bomb logo next to "BLM" written in BBC's signature font, while the back reads "Black Lives Matter" accompanied by each brand's logos.
CDG has released a capsule at Dover Street Market displaying messages like "Thinking and Doing Will Result in the Future" and "Believe in a Better Tomorrow." All proceeds are being donated to the Northside Achievement Zone, a black-led nonprofit working to close the opportunity gap in North Minneapolis.
10 Deep has decided to solely focus its efforts on calling attention to violence and racist policing in the United States during this time. All of the T-shirts have been priced affordably so they are more accessible. All proceeds are being donated to the National Bail Fund network.
Ps and Qs
This Philadelphia-based boutique has released the "Say Their Names" T-shirt. The front reads "Say Their Names. End Police Brutality." The back displays a list of names of black men and women who have been killed at the hands of police brutality since July 2014. 100 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the NAACP.
Rokit has released the "Liberation" T-shirt sporting the message "End Racism" on the front and "Let the Bastards Fall" across the back. All proceeds are being donated to Black Lives Matter. The brand also says to expect future releases to continue to raise funds for certain initiatives.
All Caps Studio
Saeed Ferguson's All Caps Studio has collaborated with 18 East on the "Silence Is Violence" T-shirt. "What You Allow Will Continue" is written on the left chest area, while a larger graphic is printed across the back as well. All proceeds will be split evenly between the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and Covid Bail Out NYC.
San Francisco's Benny Gold has released a T-shirt of its own with the message "All Together, One Voice." All profits are being split between Black Lives Matter and SoOAKLAND LLC., which helps rebuild local black communities.
This Korean retailer is showing its support of the Black Lives Matter movement with the "No Room for Racism" T-shirt. "Racism Is a Pandemic" is written across of the back. All proceeds are being donated to Black Lives Matter.
Will Smith's Bel-Air Athletics has releases its "Solidarity" T-shirt with all proceeds being split between Black Lives Matter, the Equal Justice Initiative, and Black Futures Lab.
Crafted has created a range of T-shirts with proceeds being donated to Reclaim the Block, the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund, and Black Lives Matter.
This T-shirt from Tombogo is inspired by the iconic "eRACISM" mural in Oakland under the 580 freeway. A list of black men and women who have been killed by police brutality is printed in red across the back. All proceeds are being split between the National Bail Fund and Black Lives Matter.
For All to Envy
For all to Envy has reissued its "End Racism" T-shirt with all proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter.
Pleasures has released the "No More" T-shirt. The anti-police brutality message sees a cop crossed out along with the words "You Can't Hurt Me Anymore." 100 percent of the proceeds will be split between the Black Lives Collective & LDB Peace Institute.
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Matthew M. Williams has reissued a tweaked version of this Fall/Winter 2017 collab with Uber and Kosher. A small flag logo and the words "Anti-Racist Action" are stamped at the center of the chest. Profits are being split between the National Bail Out, Campaign Zero, and The Freedom Fund.
Online Ceramics is also standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and calling for peace and racial equality. This graphic T-shirt will be available until Monday morning with all proceeds being split between the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, M4BL, and the National Bail Out fund. "Good Over Evil."
Chinatown Market's "Fuck Racism" T-shirt has already raised roughly $30,000 that will be split equally between George Floyd's Memorial Fund, National Bail Fund Network, and Black Lives Matter Movement Fund.
One of These Days
Matt McCormick's One of These Days has reissued its Peaceful Revolution long sleeve T-shirt with all proceeds being donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Instagram creator Euphoric Supply is selling T-shirts bearing an original sketch, a simple "fuck you" to racism, hatred, police brutality, and injustice. 100 percent of profits are being donated to the ACLU of Minnesota.
Checks N Balances
Checks N Balances is currently selling two T-shirts with all proceeds being donated to the National Bail Out and Black Lives Matter. One design is a tribute to George Floyd and displays his face above the words "I Can't Breathe." The other displays a photo of the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct ablaze and promotes the message of peace and equality "By Any Means Necessary."
This Los Angeles-based brand has created the "Heroes of Blackness" graphic. The vintage-washed T-shirt features various symbols and figures that have represented black culture since the civil rights era printed on the chest. "Dismantle" has been stitched at the neckline in red thread. Each shirt will also come with a hang tag displaying additional donation information and resources, as well as a list of names of those killed due to police brutality. All proceeds will be split between the Black Lives Matter Foundation, George Floyd Foundation, and Reclaim The Block.
Babylon LA has brought back its "Rights" T-shirt that originally released in 2015. 100 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Bail Project.
This Virginia-based brand is releasing its "Police in America" T-shirt this Friday with all proceeds benefitting the Richmond Bail Fund and various other organizations. In an official statement Utmost Co. writes, "We are disgusted at the level of disregard we have witnessed over many years toward POC and it’s time for a change by any means necessary."
Felt has dropped its own T-shirt to stand in solidarity with everyone protesting around the world asking everyone to, "Give Fascism the boot." The front graphic is accompanied by red text on the back that reads, "Fuck Racism. Fuck the police. Fuck Fascists. And if you don't like it, fuck you!" All proceeds will benefit the National Bail Out Fund.
This New York-based brand has created a special T-shirt with all proceeds benefiting the Estate of George Floyd. The front reads, "Don't Trust the Government," while "In memory and support of George Floyd" has been printed across the back right shoulder.
Kito's design sees a raised black fist surrounded by the phrase, "Justice For All." All proceeds are being donated to Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp.
Glass Ceilings x Dynami
Glass Ceilings has collaborated on the "Enough Is Enough" T-shirt, a message to promote peace and abolish killer cops. Proceeds are being donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
Do Not Disturb
Atlanta-based brand Do Not Disturb is currently selling hoodies, T-shirts, and face masks in an array of colorways to support the Black Lives Matter movement and honor the tragic death of George Floyd. All proceeds from the sales of this collection are being donated to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund and Buy Black ATL.
Canal, a New York City skate brand, has created a new logo T-shirt that shows its name written in the same font famously linked to Boyz n the Hood. "No Justice. No Peace" is written across the back. All proceeds are being donated to Campaign Zero, a police reform program started by Black Lives Matter activists in 2015.
Rick Dove's Much More will be releasing a T-shirt this Friday inspired by former Black Panther activist Assata Shakur. 60 percent of the proceeds will be split between the Black Visions Collective and Brotherhood Crusade.
Freddie Gibbs recently released a collaborative project with producer The Alchemist entitled Alfredo. This piece of merch celebrating its release displays a lyric from the track "Scottie Beam" that reads, "My execution might be televised." All proceeds from sales of this design will be split between the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. It can be purchased here.
This Philadelphia-based brand is currently selling $10 prints and $25 T-shirts bearing the statement, "Leave Us Alone." Proceeds are being donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Philly Bailout Fund.