Not For Them Artist Collaboration

We are excited to share our collab with visual artist Marcarson, AKA, NOT FOR THEM – a limited edition shirt for the Ilegal merch line.

About the Work: 
‘Head of African American Studies’ is an extension of Marcarson’s ‘Entitled Series,’ reproductions of works taken from The Metropolitan Museum of Art pointing to the outdated, ineffective, and often damaging perspectives that White, cishet men throughout history have perpetuated through their leadership and rhetoric. This work recasts images of powerful White figures into roles that are inappropriate for THEM, yet they often continue to occupy.

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About the Artist: 
Marcarson, nom de guerre of visual artist Mark Carson, began his career in 2008 under the influence of his admiration for Egon Schiele, Paul Klee, and Andy Warhol. In 2016, Marcarson opened NOT FOR THEM, an art-house/concept gallery in Long Island City located several blocks from MoMA PS1, which quickly gained recognition among artists and collectors. Marcarson’s work has an avant-garde comedy, tongue in cheek approach to exploring cultural references and self experiences.

About the Collab: 
NOT FOR THEM designed a limited edition shirt for the Ilegal merch line. All profits from merchandise sales will go to benefit the Compton Cowboys, a collective of lifelong friends on a mission to uplift their community through horseback and farming lifestyle, all the while highlighting the rich legacy of African-Americans in equine and western heritage.