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Anonymous asked: Aw, dude, do you <i>really</i> need the skull with the Indian headdress shirt? To me that says, like, "go genocide" - but maybe that's 'cause I grew up with Native friends. Also it's too close to that hipster-inna-headdress etsy thing. I don't tumble, so this has to be anon, but honest, I do consult Downeast and out pretty regularly.

That post was based purely on the aesthetics of the shirt, and an appreciation of Wes Lang’s work in general, coupled with my longstanding love of the Grateful Dead, and the nostalgia I feel when I see them in the media (which occurs more and more infrequently these days). In fact, I believe the Dead represent a unique slice of Americana, which, during a time of polarizing racial tensions, championed an ethnically diverse country that should support all races and cultures. If I’m not mistaken, the Dead had great relations with a number of Native groups and Mickey Hart even placed an image of Rolling Thunder on his kit at one point. Don’t want to be preachy, but wanted to make my intentions clear. I certainly don’t support genocide and am actually deeply embarrassed/ashamed by the way America has treated the Native community.

Not sure what you mean with the hipster-headdress bit, but that could certainly be accurate. Glad you’ve been stopping by though- much appreciated.

  1. ockrock said: Well handled. Gentleman and a scholar.
  2. downeastandout posted this

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