Lately, I've been getting a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from making these political graphics. I don't know what to call them, but they have a stencil/stamp/screen-print style. My original intent was to make them in just black and white and add them (well, those made with Creative Commons images) to Wikimedia Commons, making them available for anyone to use or remix. Then I realized the commentary value of using images as textures to fill in the white, so I started doing that. The background is always full black, so selecting it with the lowest tolerance and then inverting the selection allows anyone to put anything they want in there, including just white for that classic black t-shirt feel.

I have complicated thoughts about being a Canadian and commenting on American politics. For now, I justify it by noting that America has more influence on the planet than any other single country, and a disproportionately higher impact on Canada. So what happens in the USA has direct implications  for everyone, especially Canadians. And Mexicans, of course.

I try to stick to source photos that are in the Commons, and when I do I then put that new image back into the Commons. I have a post about it where new contributions are linked to. For now, I'm doing this through Wikimedia Commons.

Featured shirts


Those designs below that have been donated to the Commons are linked to their pages on Wikimedia.


Click on an image below to be taken to the store page that sells that design on a t-shirt. At present. all shirts are made by Zazzle, which is a little on the pricey side. I am looking into alternatives. Of course, shirts are available in a variety of styles and colours for all genders - just click around, you'll figure it out.


Graphics in this vein that have been made exclusively by images in the Commons will, in turn, be added to the Commons. They are free to use for any purpose, including commercial, for no cost other than attribution. Please credit either Justus Hayes or WhyTheAlgarve - your choice.

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