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Australians Just Love Backpackers

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$22.40
Darren Stein

Sydney, Australia

Sizing Information

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Chest 36" 40" 44" 48" 52" 56"
Length 28" 29" 30" 31" 32" 33"
Sizing chart

Features

  • Sweatshop-free, ethically sourced 100% cotton apparel
  • Printed using cutting edge direct to garment technology
  • Slim fit, order a size up if you'd like it less fitting
  • Cold wash and hang out to dry

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Artist's Description

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

Artwork Comments

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