There are somethings that you just can’t do – even in the name of artistic freedom.
You can’t go around kicking dogs. You can’t abuse kids. And you can’t go around plastering symbols of racism and genocide on t-shirts.
Which is why it’s baffling that one fashion brand has just been set up with mission of repurposing the swastika.
It’s unclear exactly where they’re based but KA Design wants to help people get back to the symbol’s Indian routes some 5,000 years ago.
So to do that, they’ve released a series of sweatshirts and grey t-shirts on which they’ve stuck rainbow coloured swastikas – which they say symbolises the LGBT movement.
This despite, the fact that for years, the Nazis threw homosexuals into concentration camps on the regular – killing thousands.
Even more cringe is the fact that they’ve stuck words like peace, zen and love under the symbol.
‘We really like the symbol in its shape and aesthetics, and we would love to share the beauty of this symbol detached from the Hatred associated with it. This project only represents the first step of our “master plan”, and we are excited about what the future will give us,’ KA Designs tellsÂ Dazed.
As you might have guessed, no one at the label has ever worked in the fashion industry before. But that’s OK because they don’t consider themselves ‘skilled fashion designers, but more as artists and free thinkers in general’.
And they’re not too bothered if anyone’s offended by their clothing – they understand if it makes you feel ‘insecure’ but that’s just because you’re not willing to break the association between swastikas and Nazis.
‘We want to promote love and peace to remind everyone that mankind can be better that what it currently is and was in the past. It’s not in our interest making everyone forget about this past,’ they say.
‘We are free to reclaim whatever we want. However, it is very important to find the right way to do it without forgetting why this something is being reclaimed.’