A Radioactive T-Shirt for Our Nuclear Times
by Chris Black
Jun 15 2018, 10:56am
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A few nights ago, I was peacefully watching The Bachelorette at home when the major broadcast was rudely interrupted by oversexed, oversized baby George Stephanopoulos and his cohorts bringing us a live feed from Singapore. President Donald Trump was set to shake hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. The goal of this public glad-handing was to achieve “nuclear disarmament”—of course, we don’t really know what happened between these two buffoons and their translators. (Though I can guess, unfortunately for me, that they were not ranking Oasis albums.) It will take years to know what effects this agreement will have (if any), but the always articulate Trump assured the American public in his usual vague style with these words: “People are going to be very impressed.” Sounds like me talking about my singing voice. LOL.
So, obviously, I have had bombs on my mind! Luckily Brooklyn based artist Joe Garvey made a t-shirt that embodies where I am (and likely you are) mentally. Since the first nuclear explosion in 1945, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. Like tropical storms, all of these tests had cool names. Garvey has chosen his favorite and put an image of it on the front of a short-sleeve white t-shirt while on the back is the name and date of this particular test, “Yukon 8 May 62.” Walking into a room with an explosion on your chest feels very 2018! “Don't pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang!”