Ed Koch on Everything
Yesterday, while walking up 8th Avenue, we saw our Favorite T-Shirt of the Summer, this little number waxing nostalgic for the 105th mayor of New York.
It comes form LES skateboard shop Shut NYC and is the brainchild of former graffiti artist Eli Morgan Gessner, who slightly altered an old campaign sign and used historically accurate Helvetica signage.
Why Helvetica? According to Gessner, at some point in his youth, the city went all-Helvetica on everything--subways, sanitation, etc.--in order to distract from what a dump it had become.
The shirt, Gessen said, is less about Hizzoner--though he hastens to add, "I love Ed Koch, he was the death of graffiti writers but I love Ed Koch"--and more about the city he presided over.
"Even when New York was at its worst and it was filthy and there were street gangs everywhere, it still had more wonderful things than most places on the planet," he said. "You had to be a certain kind of person to put up with it."
Shut President Adam Schatz said the t-shirts are becoming a phenomenon, and said he sent one to Koch's office.
No word yet on whether or not Koch will accept the t-shirt's suggestion.