Are your garments ethically sourced?
Our t-shirt supplier is either "Vancouver"-based printer Pressing Matters. They’re not unionized, but it’s a team of only 3 people and they have good politics. We're in the process of navigating most of our printing to VALU co-op, which is unionized and a worker owned co-op also based in "Vancouver"
Due to the ongoing, never ending supply chain shortages we very little consistency or control over which blanks can get but the short answer is yeah, we use cheap blanks. Yes, it's not great but moving to the most ethical blank option will cost us a dollar less than what we currently charge for our products.
Factoring in shipping, that means that you'd be paying $60 per tee-shirt, sometimes more and the over-lap between people who can pay $60 for a tee-shirt and out customers is like 3 people. We know this because we tried to do a preorder with $40 union made tee-shirts and it failed miserably.
For our direct to garment over all print bags, we use Quebecois direct-to-garment manufacturer, Art of Where. They print and sew everything in house.
Us kind of. We're literally just two people with a Livingroom full of t shirts. No bosses baby.
Why are you doing this?
It’s about visibility. Listen, we probably all have a terrible uncle with a mustard stained “Tru-No” shirt/bumper sticker and now we're here to fill the voracious demand for ridiculous leftist merch. Activists and politicians are too busy trying to save our dying planet to make dumb crop tops so we’re trying running this shop.
And let's face it, there are few joys in life when you're constantly fighting for the rights of trans-racial fish-people, to ban private cars and toothbrushes, and trying to elect mothman prime minister of Canada. We just want to bring some modicum of joy into the lives of our overworked and under-appreciated comrades.
Where are you Located?
The unceded and occupied territory of the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Or east van if ur dirty ;)
What are your political views?
There's a word count limit so in short we're anarchists but not like super picky about what kind of anti-capitalism we get as long as it's decolonized and anti-imperialist. It's hard enough to imagine a better world, let alone pick a specific type of hypothetical anti-capitalism.
How does pre-ordering work?
It's really hard and not always a good idea for us to roll the dice on new products. When we launch something new, sometimes we do a preorder. If fewer than 15 people order in a preorder we refund everyone and cut our losses.
Every preorder will have specific information and expected delivery dates, so check out the listing. When in doubt, contact us directly for information and we'll tell you what's up.
How long have you been around?
In the fall of 2019 we decided to make a limited run of stupid political shirts to hawk at a flea market fundraiser for the Vancouver Tenants Union. And when the good people of Beauce, QC said no to ass man, we ended up with a bunch of no-longer relevant shirts with Maxime Bernier's face crossed out.
Then when Daddy Trudeau got real liberal with that CERB money and we had nothing else going on in the Summer of 2020 we started the shop to fill the mundane days of the early panini. We genuinely thought we'd lose so much money we'd give up and this would be a funny story we tell the Visa bill collector one day.
Here we are 2 years later thanks to the continued support of the beautiful comrades of the internet.