Our T-Shirt of the Month for July 2022, made of 100% organic cotton by a worker-owned co-operative, and supporting grassroots labour unions in South Asia.
It commemorates the first ever usage of the word "scab", meaning "strikebreaker", being used in print for the first time in July 1777, which became one of the most important words in the working class vocabulary. By the late 16th century the word "scab" had come to be used as an English insult, somewhat akin to "lowlife" or "scoundrel". But at some point it began to be used by workers in industrial disputes as a label for workers who crossed picket lines and worked while their colleagues were striking for better pay or conditions. It first appeared in print in the Bonner & Middleton’s Bristol Journal, during a strike of shoemakers, where it reported "The Conflict would not been [sic] so sharp had not there been so many dirty Scabs". On scabs, author Jack London famously wrote the following: “After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles."
This month's design is by Indonesian illustrator Nanu.
This t-shirt is available strictly limited edition for this month only. Be sure to preorder yours by July 31 as all t-shirts will be sewn and printed together.
- Unisex fit, round neck, straight cut, knitted neck tape [also available in women's/femme fit]
- 100% organic cotton, single jersey, 160 g/m², 0% elastane in fabric
- High quality water-based screen prints: environmentally and skin friendly
- Sizes: S - M - L - XL - 2XL – 3XL
- Made with dignity by the worker-owned Humana Nova cooperative
- Supports grassroots labour unions in South Asia through ExChains
- Learn more about our 'T-Shirt of the Month' collaboration with dna merch here
- With global shipping like everything in our store
Please make sure to carefully choose your size by checking the size chart below and the sample pics here.
Width: Measured 2cm (1in) beneath the sleeves across the shirt
Length: Measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the bottom end of the shirt
When will I receive my t-shirt?
Sewing and printing of each T-Shirt of the Month will take approximately four weeks after preorders stop at the end of the month. The shirts will then be shipped from Germany by September 10, 2022. Estimated shipping time for the EU, UK and Switzerland is 4-7 days from then. USA and rest of the world will be 7-14 days.