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Sure, I agree with you there. Simply putting "FREE TIBET" on clothes is very on the nose, no debate in that. However I do think politics can make your art stronger and more interesting.
I'd be very surprised indeed if @BandannAlmanac were to shed any positive light on this.
I assume it's insincere because of how the message is presented. The woman wearing Free Tibet socks while bending over. Or the guy in a robe skateboarding. I assume it's just for aesthetics. The skater could be a Buddhist, of course. I'm admittedly making a lot of assumptions.Why is everyone just assuming that this whole Free Tibet thing is insincere and just some kind of marketing move? Maybe we should give the guys at Kap the benefit of the doubt?
No Nukes was something I came up with many years back, as it was part of a slogan I saw in Osaka for anti-nuclear energy after 3-11. I liked the message (the ring of No Nukes sounds nice) without thinking about it too much and made some appliqué and put it on a green jacket. I wore it once to a Kapital exhibition, photos were taken and end of story...
Yeah, didn't Warehouse have a bunch of sweaters with Beethoven stuff on it too this past year?No Nukes was something I came up with many years back, as it was part of a slogan I saw in Osaka for anti-nuclear energy after 3-11. I liked the message (the ring of No Nukes sounds nice) without thinking about it too much and made some appliqué and put it on a green jacket. I wore it once to a Kapital exhibition, photos were taken and end of story...
The Beethoven and Virgin Mary has been trendy as hell in Japan the last year or so... Kapital certainly didn't come up with it on their own... the only thing they did was put the Beethoven and Native American stuff together.
Like almost every brand everywhere they make an inspiration wall and fill it with pictures, photos, and swatches and basically imitate or make slight changes to whatever they gather from it. It is a lot of work but the majority of the creativity is coming from the pattern makers and artists who are interpreting these ideas. People you will never see posted on Kapital instagram...
Free Tibet was probably a swipe directly aimed at the people making fakes of their stuff... I don't really think they give a shit about Tibet or its people...
You can find positivity wherever you want... I for one support the hard working people of Kapital's sewing factories and the designers that support and (basically do all the grunt work for Kiro) run the company behind the brand.