We follow up my neighborhood’s lone Trump-Pence 2020 sign with something even more surprising: Black flag that is the Featured Image, which I captured using iPhone XS on August 16. Vitals: f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/1229 sec, 52mm (film equivalent); 11:51 a.m. PDT. The tabby nicknamed Ranger from my “Cats of University Heights” series lives in the same residence.
Have feline families formed a coalition against racism? Nope. It’s the meeting of art, entrepreneurism, and opportunity. “CLAWS is not a group or organization, it’s my idea/message/statement/artwork/design”, creator Ryan Patterson explains on his Cat Magic Punks page. “If you love cats and are against white supremacy, you’re part of it!”
His “dearly departed cats, Waylon and Willie”, inspired the design business, which cranks out coffee mugs, neck gaiters, posters, and T-shirts. CLAWS is but one graphic concept—and the flags are currently sold out, by the way. For someone squeamish about organization Black Lives Matters‘ political ambitions and Marxist underpinnings, CLAWS is one alternative to expressing solidarity about the problem of racism without displaying a BLM sign.
Editor’s Note: Because the Cat Magic Punks website shows up as insecure—meaning no SSL certificate—a direct link isn’t provided. Site address: http://catmagicpunks.com.