All buttons are 1″ and on a sliding scale. Most are inspired by real-life struggles, and we offer them with the aim of letting the events, lives and ideas depicted be better known and to spark others to break from the violence and monotony of this world—not simply as fashion statements or a way for us to make a buck. T-shirts are (hopefully) coming soon. Prices do not include shipping.
2016 1" Reinaldo Arenas was born in the Cuban countryside and as a teenager took part in the Cuban Revolution. Within three years of outsting Batista, Castro outlawed homosexuality and Arenas and others were put in re-education camps. Despite this, according to Arenas, queer culture blossomed, and Arenas became equal parts poet, Castro-critique, and cruiser. After years in . . .
2016 1" In 1877 a railroad strike erupted on the east coast and spread west to towns along the rail lines. Locally, the general strike first made contact in East St. Louis and the metal foundries in Cardonelet—eventually consuming parts in between. It lasted a week and became known as the St. Louis Commune. In the end, the strike was . . .
2016 1" In 1850, after being sold away from his wife and children, John Anderson ran away from his new owner. A few days into his cavale, John was stopped by Seneca Diggs, a slave owner in the fields overseeing his slaves. When John could not present a pass giving him permission to travel outside his master's property, . . .
2016 1" A detournment of Albrecht Durer's Ercules inspired by the work of Fredy Perlman. Text from the poster version reads: "Some say Durer was a communalist like many of the peasant rebels of his day, others an authoritarian of the worst stripe. While his work can support either of these seemingly contradictory stances, his profession of respected artist . . .
2016 1" St. Louis in the late 1800s/ early 1900s saw a series of protracted and fierce streetcar strikes. Strikers sabotaged streetcars, tracks and cables, and likewise attacked scabs and police trying to break the strikes. Here we have the tracks covered in rubble and the electrical cable tangled with debris. ¢25-$2
2016 1" Leopold Trebitch lived in St. Louis in the late 1800s/ early 1900s. Little is known about him other than that he was arrested in 1901 shorty after Leon Czolgosz killed president McKinley. At the time Trebitch was squatting in Carondelet and building a shack to live in and host anarchist meetings in that butted up on . . .
2016 1" On September 22, 1954, prisoners at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City broke from their cells and for 26 hours took over the prison grounds. Prisoners had their fill of food, burned down sizable parts of the prison—including the factories they slaved away in—took guards hostage and exacted revenge against a notorious snitch. The state highway patrol was . . .
2016 1" One of the eye-catching and provocative graffiti pieces from St. Louis's floodwall. Names on the left side of those killed by police are Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, John Crawford III, Ezell Ford, and Dillon Taylor. ¢25-$2
2016 1" Leon Czgolgosz, the only anarchist to kill a U.S. president, shot to death William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition, September 6, 1901, in Buffalo, New York. Czolgosz had become increasingly radicalized in the years leading up to the attentat having witnessed a number of strikes violently suppressed. Inspired by anarchist Gaetano Bresci killing King Umberto I of . . .
2016 1" "Yes, as through this world I've wandered, I've seen lots of funny men, Some'll rob ya with a six gun, and some with a fountain pen. And as through your life you travel, Yes, as through your life you roam, You won't never see an outlaw, Drive a family from their home." The Ballad of Pretty . . .
2015 1" Kevin Johnson has been on Missouri death row for seven years for the 2005 killing of a Kirkwood police officer. As the ol' proverb goes, 'Monster in the Media, Hero on the Streets!' Proceeds go towards Johnson's commissary. ¢25-$2