Photography: Eric Lawrence
If there’s only one sentiment everyone can agree on right now, it’s anger. Whether you’re a liberal or conservative, American or British, everyone’s been feeling the pain of a divided cultural climate. From Brexit to Trump, to rogue McDonalds’ tweeters, everyday seems to bring a new flood of rage. That’s why, if you’re going to wear anything for the next 4 years, it should be by Eric Lawrence.
After stumbling on an old photo of experimental filmmaker, Kenneth Anger, the 23-year-old wunderkind designed a range of vintage t-shirts perfect for our collective mood. A Rangers jersey reworked to read only the word “ANGER,” Eric’s line is bound to be the next shirt of the moment—I’ve already begged for two.
“Originally, when I wanted to do it, it was really just for Kenneth Anger,” the designer explained. “But then as everything started happening—the election, Trump—it just became so relevant and felt so right. People are furious right now—we’re rioting, we’re protesting.”
Both a reactionary statement and a call-to-arms, the unapologetic collection has moved from a vintage shirt experiment to a complete range of tees, hoodies and sweats. But aside from being shamelessly cool, Lawrence’s designs hold a greater meaning. In a world of fast-fashion and endless hype, the anger shirts represent unabashed individuality and the importance of raising your voice.
“I really don’t think anything can beat a good vintage shirt,” said Lawrence. “I wanted to give all these shirts a new life and I love the fact that no two will ever be the same—I hate the idea of everybody walking around wearing the same thing.”