Dindga McCannon Revolutionary Sister Tee
- $36.00 for Members
Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee
100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton
Printed on white tee on front and back
Available in sizes S-3XL
This unisex shirt features Dindga McCannon's 1971 mixed-media artwork Revolutionary Sister on a short sleeve white tee. Printed on the back of the tee is the didactic for the artwork; and it is available in sizes S through 3XL.
This work is in the Brooklyn Museum collection. Dindga McCannon wrote about her inspiration for making Revolutionary Sister:
"In the 60s and 70s we didn’t have many women warriors (that we were aware of) so I created my own. Her headpiece is made from recycled mini flag poles. The shape was inspired by my thoughts on the statue of liberty; she represents freedom for so many but what about us (African Americans)? My warrior is made from pieces from the hardware store—another place women were not welcomed back then. My thoughts were my warrior is hard as nails. I used a lot of the liberation colors: red—for the blood we shed; green—for the Motherland—Africa; and black—for the people. The bullet belt validates her warrior status. She doesn’t need a gun; the power of change exists within her. The belt was mine. In the early 70s bullet belts were a fashion statement, I think inspired by the blaxploitation movies of the time. I couldn’t afford the metal belts, probably purchased at army navy surplus stores, so I made do with a plastic one."
Dindga McCannon (American, born 1947). Revolutionary Sister, 1971. Mixed media construction on wood, 62 x 27 in. (157.5 x 68.6 cm). © Dindga McCannon.