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Australians Just Love Backpackers by Darren Stein

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One of the attractions that Australia seems to offer backpackers, apart from the easy lifestyle, cute wildlife and wide open spaces, are serial killers. Australia has unfortunately had a number of serial killers who have targeted young backpackers. From Ivan Milat (pictured on this T-Shirt) to Bradley Murcoch, they have routinely preyed on naive tourists far from home. Hardly the type of thing you would put on a travel brochure.
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This T-Shirt has drawn particular attention due to recent media coverage. Whether it is funny, ironic or in bad taste, my concern is that if I were to withdraw it, where would it stop? Would I need to remove the material in which I make fun of religion because some fundamentalist takes offense? Should I withdraw my jibes at politicians because they take offense? I have argued that it is a normal human reaction to laugh at issues that those close to the source of pain would find insensitive – be it the execution of a hated terrorist or the death of a beloved princess. Some may disagree with me, but I believe it to be a sociological reality. Although I understand that certain people may be offended by this, the image, unfortunately, was meant to stress the irony at a wider reality and set of issues than the Milat case, particularly the predominance of back-packers in Australia who are not always welcomed by the Australian residents, as well as a disproportianate number of murderers who seem to prey on backpackers.
I believe the issue to be one of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I will thus not voluntarily withdraw the work, nor surcumb to the insults and threats of those who take offense and hide behind online

I would like to recommend some of the work of my fellow artists which I believe might put this one in wider perspective.This T-Shirt has drawn particular attention due to recent media coverage. Whether it is funny, ironic or in bad taste, my concern is that if I were to withdraw it, where would it stop? Would I need to remove the material in which I make fun of religion because some fundamentalist takes offense? Should I withdraw my jibes at politicians because they take offense? I have argued that it is a normal human reaction to laugh at issues that those close to the source of pain would find insensitive – be it the execution of a hated terrorist or the death of a beloved princess. Some may disagree with me, but I believe it to be a sociological reality. Although I understand that certain people may be offended by this, the image, unfortunately, was meant to stress the irony at a wider reality and set of issues than the Milat case, particularly the predominance of back-packers in Australia who are not always welcomed by the Australian residents, as well as a disproportionate number of murderers who seem to prey on backpackers.
I believe the issue to be one of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I will thus not voluntarily withdraw the work, nor succumb to the insults of those who take offense or hide behind anonymous online identities to issue threats. If you take exception to the work, do not log onto the site to look at it, it’s hypocritical.
To place this piece in a wider context of art or humour, I would like to recommend the works of some of my fellow Red Bubble colleagues. They are talented individuals who deserve to share in some of the exposure that this work has had the fortune of enjoying.
Rudeboyskunk
Monstar
MisterKahn
Digirati
FASImages
Ricardo Gonclaves
Peter Strange
DreddArt
Mychaelalchemy
Psychoskin
Millytant

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australia, serial, crime, murder, killers, ivan, psychopath, murderers, milat

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  • fixtape
    fixtapeover 5 years ago

    Yikes!

  • cyberstetic
    cybersteticalmost 4 years ago

    thats a very funny t-shirt ,
    i told my brother to not wear a backpack when he told me he was moving to Australia hahaha

    good work!

  • John O'Dal
    John O'Dalover 3 years ago

    As an artist you might feel some empathy for the parents of the kids who were tied to trees, had their spinal cords cut so they couldn’t escape and were then shot with arrows carefully aimed so as to increase their agony and terror. I wonder how these parents view your ‘art’. Have a think mate. I’m all for expression – but your stuff is sad.

  • John O'Dal
    John O'Dalover 3 years ago

    As artists let’s celebrate man – not exploit the agonies man inflicts.

  • Margaret Walker
    Margaret Walkerover 3 years ago

    Critical I suggest if you wish to use the site you first read the Play Nice Policy

    have a nice day.

  • IvanMilat
    IvanMilatover 3 years ago

    Wyvernsrose, and I suggest that you remind yourself of the User Agreement by which all new and existing users agree to abide, nothing more and nothing less, when they sign up to the site. The User Agreement is binding on all users, the Play Nice Policy is not.

    There is nothing in the User Agreement to preclude users from providing feedback on the website (see User Agreement) that criticises, or implies criticism of, the decision by the website’s owners to host material that the user feels the site should not be hosting, that is inappropriate content:

    “Inappropriate content includes, but is not limited to, content that infringes the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or company, or that defames or vilifies any person, people, races, religion or religious group, is obscene, pornographic, indecent, harassing, threatening, harmful, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable.”
    [From site’s User Agreement].

    Is the Ivan Milat T-shirt “inflammatory or otherwise objectionable”? Possibly. On the face of it, therefore, the poster is acting reasonably and in accordance with the User Agreement to which he or she has agreed, in posting on the website their comment about the Ivan Milat T-shirt.

  • Darren Stein
    Darren Steinover 3 years ago

    I suggest you flip through the other images on the rest of the RB site to get a better idea of what people are putting up and what they find funny. You can start by exploring under the term “killer” just as an example, and tell me whether my material is as offensive as some of the “artistic” material you find there. You clearly have a particular bone to pick with me given your specific experience, but it is out of keeping with the reality of what artists, comedians, etc. produce. If you’ve seen the television show, “Dexter” for example, you will see the glorification of a serial killer.

  • MrWinters63
    MrWinters63over 3 years ago

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to offer an observation on your reply to ‘desclk’.

    “If you think it’s sick than don’t make the effort to log-in and look at it you hypocrite! It’s like someone slowing down to look at a car accident – another normal human reaction.”

    I myself, do not see the comparison between that example and this shirt.

    People may slow down to see a car accident that occurred, yes, that is a ‘normal’ human reaction. But they do not video tape the accident and make jokes about the accident later at home, which is more in relation to what you are doing with this shirt, in my opinion.

    You didn’t address desclk’s concern, nor critical’s for that matter, in regards to the families who have lost loved ones to this killer.

    You’ve made a couple references to “Dexter”. He kills other serial killers – not innocent people – and I might add, he is a fictional TV character, not like the person on your shirt. Not a real serial killer.

    @Critical – My deepest condolences to you and the families of your friend and your friend’s girlfriend. I am sorry for your pain, and sorry that you received no compassion from the designer of this shirt, upon coming here, and bravely telling such a story, in seeking understanding. My heart goes out to you.

  • Liddell
    Liddellover 3 years ago

    You say that you “spent three-years working in the townships around Johannesburg and I’ve seen more human blood spilt short of the what I imagine our soldiers have to witness in the Middle East”. If working in the townships as you maintain you did, taught you anything, it should be the horror and trauma that people living there have to endure everyday. That experience should have made you sensitive to the feelings of others and the long term effects of trauma. Your statement is no different to “I suffered trauma, so I’m going to cause trauma to others”.

    I assume from that statement that you experienced and saw some pretty awful things. Why then, would you want to inflict distress on other people when you have the power not to? To justify yourself by working under difficult circumstances is a blatant attempt at not taking responsibilty for the offence that this shirt is causing.

    The people that have been directly affected by Ivan Milat have lived it, have endured it and ultimately survived it. Why not be a decent human being and pay homage to that instead of milking their pain and coming up with insensitive quips about toilet seats?

  • lozonline
    lozonlineabout 3 years ago

    If certain members of Red Bubble are offended by this, don’t look at it. No one is forcing you to view this artwork.
    Darren, congratulations on making such a stir! Just one question for you… How many sales have you made?
    Keep up the good work!

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