Pussy Riot Gear: L.A. Artist Peddles Totes and Tees to Cover Jailed Rockers' Legal Fees

Pussy Riot Kitten Poster
(Courtesy Fab.com)

With their headline-baiting name and compelling anti-establishment stance, Pussy Riot has easily won over worldwide sympathy and support. After their recent two-year jail sentence for a sacrilegious anti-Putin demonstration in a Moscow church, even Austrian architect Wolf Prix evokes their name when calling for more decisive action in architecture (and no doubt amplifying the search engine optimization of his scathing 500-word attack on David Chipperfield’s installment of the Venice Architecture Biennale).

The punk performance art provocateurs' message resonated with L.A.-based artist Kii Aarens in particular. “I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 70's going to a Catholic church every week,” Aarens tols ARTINFO via email. “Even back then I was frustrated by the outdated beliefs and policies and never really knew how to show it.” Never, that is, until now.

 

While he admits he “always felt the urge to stand up and scream ‘Fuck Off!’” his new designs on Fab.com provide a subtler mode of self-expression and show of solidarity. Tapping his graphic design specialization in band posters, he’s branded tee shirts and totes with the former Soviet Union’s flag, replacing the Cyrillic letters that represent the USSR with “PSSY.” Those, along with posters of innocent kittens insouciantly playing in the Russia-shaped grass with a slow-burning explosive, are for sale at the online design flash superstore until 11am tomorrow. Fab.com is donating half the proceeds to to the direct legal services needed to free the imprisoned rockers, with Aarens pledging to match that sum.

To see more of Kii Aarens's Pussy Riot designs, click the slide show.

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