Making history lively and relevant is usually the job of school teachers armed with a chest full of hats and beards, or film directors armed with a general ignorance of history. Armed only with sweet gear, Oakland's Fifty Seven Thirty Three
From a photographer who originally just wanted to make cheap Xmas gifts, 5733's a silkscreen/cut&sew operation out to spark dialogue on figures and events of the past, while accomplishing the equally crucial task of making its customers not-naked. Their individually printed (no two the same) American/Alternative Apparel tees rock designs like a gunned-down RFK w/ "The Ambassador Hotel" scrawled on back; a gun-toting Vietnamese militia woman; and "Let Them Eat Cake" in ransom-note font, flanked by amorous lesbians and Marie Antoinette, who 5733 claims "was actually quite preoccupied with HOT girl on girl action". Upping the craftsmanship are three heavy-weight cotton-poly hoodies: a "Japanese Schoolgirl" backed by tri-cut Imperial Japanese flag (flag also inside hood); "Anna Mae Wong", Hollywood's first significant Chinese-American actress; and "Josephine Baker" -- festooned w/ images of the '20s exotic dancer, it comes with embroidered cuff thumb-holes, for displaying thumbs-up solidarity with modern-day strippers
A few designs also come in a collared "Leisure Shirt" style, and there's some non-historical action as well, like paint-splattered lips ("Spit On It"), and the only-at-stores "X-Girlfriend", a Polaroid composite of the designer's exes -- given that they're all partially nude, it can be assumed the designer himself is history.