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Latino/Chicano, Lowrider and Gangbanger T-Shirt Art collection
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Description
The collection consists of display samples of Latino, Chicano, lowrider and gangbanger t-shirt designs, decals, patches, and cards from the 1980s to the 1990s. Some of the designs were supplied by Francisco's Exotic T's, Photo-Lith International, and SSI. Many of the designs draw on gang-related street art forms--tattoo flash and graffiti placas. There are also designs inspired by Christian iconography; album cover design; and lowrider artwork. Some designs reference Latin music; others are targeted to Latinas, children and military veterans. There are designs emphasizing Central and South American countries, as well as some U.S. cities and states. A few designs reference Chicano Power and Mojado Power. The items included in the collection were originally displayed in a now-defunct store in San Francisco's Mission District, and customers would select illustrations that would be heat-transferred onto their own clothing or onto t-shirts sold by the shop
Background
The items included in the collection were originally displayed in a now-defunct store in San Francisco's Mission District, and customers would select illustrations that would be heat-transferred onto their own clothing or onto t-shirts sold by the shop.
Extent
6.4 linear feet. 5 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Boeckmann Center Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
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