Most message-bearing shirts are full of sound and fury, signifying your obliviousness to no one caring what you think. Make a statement that hasn't been lifted from a bumper sticker, with Downtown's own Apolis tees.
Founded by three charity-minded brothers, Apolis's twice washed, 100% cotton tees suggest messages with such subtlety, decoding them would require a PhD in shirtology. Prime examples:
Industrial Revolution: A horse with an oil derrick for forelegs poses the question: was the Industrial Revolution really a step forward for humanity? A query the world's leg-ironed 8-year-olds can't ponder, because they're too busy making your sneakers.
Respert Leben: German for "respect life", with feathers representing diplomacy and peace, and arrows for violence and conflict. Better late than never, Germany.
Space Race: Images of the Earth/Shuttle launch/moon represent the struggle to master space. More inscrutible images: a freeway and a dollar bill with a heart on the bottom that looks suspiciously like a mix tape -- because if you're blasting into the void, you'd best be taking your Air Supply.
Apolis also purveys upscale casual pants and hoodies, each boasting a stitched-in red cross -- a restrained reference to the brand's commitment to helping the poor, the needy, and those lonely souls ostracized from society for visualizing whirled peas.