Paul Longmore's Infamous T-shirt Collection

Paul was famous for his collection of disability-related T-shirts, wearing them proudly as both political and fashion statements. *Many of these T-shirts are designed and sold by Dan Wilkins at the Nth degree.

*Many of these T-shirts are designed and sold by Dan Wilkins at the Nth degree.

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  1. This t-shirt offers a short dialogue from Jean Stewart’s The Body’s Memory: “are you drowning?” it asks. “Kate smiled up at him.” Then, “No, I’m swimming” she said.
  2. This white shirt with dark pink letters reads, “I have the right to believe freely, to be a slave to no man’s authority. If this be heresy so be it. It is still the truth. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot…will not…recant. Here I stand. No man can command my conscience.” A quote by Martin Luther as stated in The Diet of Worms in 1521.
  3. This shirt quotes Victor Hugo: “what matter is deafness of the ear when the mind hears.”
  4. This black shirt reads: “The Ultimate Denial: Although both have influence, I believe in nurture over nature, for in that belief lies the understanding that I have no one to blame for myself but everyone I have ever met.” A quote by Itznot Myphalt.
  5. There is a brightened yellow light bulb on this t-shirt, and on the side of it, there is a quote from Dan Wilkins. It reads, “If there is such a thing as ‘us and them’ it is not between black and white, old and young, disabled and non, men and female, gay and straight, Catholic Protestant, Buddhist, etc., etc, etc., blah, blah, blah… It is between those who ‘get it’ and those who do not.”
  6. Resembling the look of a “100% satisfaction guaranteed” label found on packaged food, this shirt says “100% ADA Empowered Advocate, Trained and Tested.” On the outside circle, it reads, “Access, Accommodation, and acceptance” then at the bottom part of the circle, it says “through advocacy and activism.”
  7. A menacingly angry person in a wheelchair is pictured yelling at a small model of the Capital through a bullhorn. Above her, white letters read, “Adapt,” and below, it says, “We’re crip, We’re cool. We drool. We limp. We gimp. We’re adapt!” This is a quote from disability activist Jean Stewart. This black t-shirt is from the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today.
  8. Like the human evolution scheme often prominent in anthropology textbooks, this shirt displays the change of man over time, but this time the last stage is man on a wheelchair. Below this scheme is the infamous Charles Darwin saying, “Adapt or perish.”
  9. Featured on this black t-shirt is a white hand-lettered quote by Nancy Gabalac, “all I want is for the illusion of competency to pass over me once a day.”
  10. In this picture, a student in a wheelchair is shown on his/her way to school, but is not accessible because it has a staircase in its entrance. From inside, students peer out the windows. At the bottom, it reads, “Any number minus one is still discrimination.”
  11. From the AXIS Dance Company, this white t-shirt with purple overlays pictures three dancers, two leaping in the air, and the third is in a wheelchair gracefully moving her body.
  12. On this white t-shirt a ragged black line indicating a staircase has been crossed out with a red circle and slash. Bold black capital letters read “Barrier Removal Team.”
  13. On this t-shirt, “Bureaucratically Impaired,” is written in black font at the center, with red ribbons wrapped around it.
  14. Formatted as though it were a summer camp logo, this t-shirt reads “Camp Can’t Feel My Legs” in a circular shape. In the middle of the wording, the stick-figure disability symbol is pictured. The character on the wheelchair has a smile on its face and a Mohawk-style hair. At the bottom, in fine print, it says “a special place for folks who are quire severely buggered up (i.e.: those with spinal cord injuries, MS, spina bifida, CP, post-polio, circulatory problems and amputations---except those who THINK the
  15. The words “Caution: Empowered Parent” are spelled out against the background of a yellow cautionary sign.
  16. This black shirt has the words of President John F. Kennedy encompassed in a circle: “if we cannot end now our differences, at least we cam help make the world safe for diversity.” Around the circle and in bold white letters, it reads, “Celebrate Diversity through Inclusive Community.”
  17. Here is a souvenir from the Community Resources for Independent Living. In the middle, is a red rose, and at the bottom, it asks, “is it any less a rose?”
  18. At the center of this light-brown shirt is a caricature of the disability symbol of the stick figure body on a wheelchair. The character has a smile, and there are streak marks indicating that the wheelchair is racing along. It reads, “Crip is hip.”
  19. In bold black lettering, the red T-shirt says “Disability Culture.” Under that title, there are two simple circles represent an ellipse. It reads, “Celebrate the Power! Breaking from oppression to warm the world.”
  20. This colorful t-shirt from Balboa Park in San Diego, CA in 1994 has an image of the Statue of Liberty, and it says “Disability Independence Day… On the Road to Freedom.”
  21. On top of the words “Disability with Attitude,” two light brown, beefy seemingly nondisabled hands clasp each other in a brotherly manner against a blue background.
  22. in bold black letters is “Disabled and Proud.” This white t-shirt that was a souvenir from the 1993 National Gathering of College Student Leaders with Disabilities in the University of Minnesota.
  23. From the Queer Disability Conference in 2002. This is a black t-shirt with its white text formatted in an upside down pyramid structure. It reads, at the very top, in large font “DISABLED QUEERS”. At the bottom of this label, flows various adjectives, beginning with “proud, sexy, joyous, and loud,” then “passionate and strong,” “diverse and unified,” “resilient, bold,” “resourceful,” “activist,” “lovers,” and concluding with “loud.”
  24. This white shirt displays a comic strip titled “Dorks from Hell” where cartoon-like images of animals capture what is described as the “common reactions to people with disabilities.” Beginning with the upper left side, the bulldog “religious nut” says, “God abhors you. You are being punished. Rise up and repent.” The next image is of a bird labeled as “The Budman,” and he says, “y’know my second cousin’s uncle’s sister’s nephew’s oldest brother walks with a limp ever since the accident…and he does so well.”
  25. Pictured on this dark green t-shirt are three mathematic symbols on a yellow background.  Both the ‘less than’ and ‘more than’ symbols have been crossed out with red lines, while the ‘equal to’ sign has been circled.
  26. This shirt simply reads several laws and policy running down in a linear layout. Under the words “Fluent in:”, IDEA, followed by 504, IEP and ADA are written, all related to disability programs.
  27. A black shirt that says in irregularly printed block letters, “Honk! I’ve got C.P.!”
  28. Here on this shirt is the iconic stick figure disability figure who has fallen off its wheelchair.  The caption below reads, “if found walking….please remind me that I’m paralyzed.”
  29. There is a cartoon illustration on this t-shirt showing “an inclusion mishap. At the bottom, the caption says “due to a faculty intercom, Mrs. Snippet thought the principal said, ‘you have a new student coming to your classroom---he has disabilities. Do your best to elude him.’” The teacher hides behind a wall, trying her best to avoid her new student.
  30. This white t-shirt with red letters asks the questions “Whose IDEA is it, anyway?” And, pictured on top of these words is a light bulb divided into two halves. Protruding out from its top and it reads “Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.”
  31. It's two-thirty in the morning, I'm legally blind, and you're looking DARN good to me.
  32. On this white shirt, black letters say: “it’s a polio thing: you wouldn’t understand.”
  33. This white shirt with black images reads , “It’s the labels that are confining.” There are four comic panels. The upper-left hand one shows a man tied with ropes and blindfolded to a wheelchair and is labeled “wheelchair bound.” The next drawing, which is also labeled “wheelchair bound,” shows a man traveling through the sky, covering his face in fright, and about to land in a wheelchair.  A third panel is labeled “wheelchair bound” as well, where the figure nonchalantly walks (hands in his pockets) with a
  34. On this black shirt, white letters announce: “Keep staring. I might do a trick.”
  35. On this turquoise shirt, a white line drawing shows two students as lab partners are working cooperatively together. The girl is holding a beaker, while a boy in a wheelchair pours a chemical into it. Encompassing this scene, is the message “Learning together so we can Live together. Inclusion: it’s a cool solution.”
  36. On this white shirt black letters exclaim: “Let’s let kids be kids. Let’s not handicap them simply because they have a disability.” There’s a cartoon of a group of children on roller skates lined up single file behind a wheelchair, followed by a little dog.
  37. Invoking Superman, this deep blue t-shirt has an image resembling the superhero’s infamous red cape, with the yellow logo in the middle. The standard disability stick figure symbol replaces the “S” that stands for Superman. At the bottom red letters exclaim “My real cape is at the cleaners!”
  38. In the middle of this black shirt is a white illustration of a package carrying “one kid only.” On the side of the box is the label “FRAGILE” in all caps, with a checkmark in the box of CP. Overlaying the image is a red circle with a slash through it. The back of this shirt reads, “See the whole kid.”
  39. Beneath thick ink black words “nothing about me without me ” overlaid with the print of a hand, as though someone had dipped her palm in blue paint and pressed it against the beige shirt.
  40. Pictured at the center of this blue shirt is a white stick figure in a wheelchair designed to resemble the character on an accessibility sign; however, the wheelchair rider has broken the chains on his/her hands. In bold white letters that are encircling the character on the wheelchair, it reads “Nothing about us without us.” At the bottom, it says, “ADAPT.”
  41. There is a white cartoon house-like structure drawn at the center of this purple shirt. It is labeled “Our School.” At the bottom, it reads “Welcomes Everybody.”
  42. This green shirt has the white letters “PABU” in large letters, an acronym for “People who are All Buggered Up.” On top of the “U,” are two dots, indicating a smiley face.
  43. A black t-shirt with turquoise and white letters reads “Paul’s Kids-National Endowment for the Humanities” which is the other side to a previously shown picture labeled “Rosemarie’s Babies.”
  44. This is a black t-shirt from the Disabled Student Cultural Center in the University of Minnesota. It honors Disability Awareness Month of October 1993. In the middle and in bold red lettering, it reads “Proud, Angry and Strong.”
  45. A man in business suit has his top hat cut in half, spilling out a diverse array of people with disabilities. An access ramp allows passage out of the top hat.
  46. This red shirt with white typed letters, “Rehabilitation implies that I was habilitated in the first place.”
  47. Next is a white t-shirt with the burgundy red logo from the Rinconada Ventures Foundation.  Founded in 1998, this organization that promotes “social entrepreneurship” was born out of a passion for a new model of high-impact philanthropy, focusing on disability rights, education, and the environment.
  48. This black t-shirt with scrawled turquoise letters (with all “s”s written backwards) reads: “Rosemarie’s Babies” which honors the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for University Teachers that Longmore co-led with Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, transforming a generation of scholars. The S’s on both are printed backwards.
  49. This black shirt says in hand-written white letters, “Same struggle different difference.”
  50. On this red t-shirt, white letters that look like they’ve been written with a felt marker, “Severely euphemized.”
  51. This red shirt with white letters says “Severely Normal.”
  52. Underneath three white umbrellas that are catching the rain, the black t-shirt says “short people…last to get rained on. First to drown.”
  53. On this black shirt, white letters read “Significantly normal,” with ‘significantly’ emphasized by its red outline and “normal” awkwardly spaced beneath.
  54. From the American Association of People with Disabilities, this yellow t-shirt honors “The Spirit of the ADA Torch Relay.”
  55. The black tee-shirt reads, "Stairs - the final frontier" and a wheelchair rider parachutes above a long staircase while the wheelchair hovers, soon to crash down on the steps.
  56. On this white shirt, there are five gondoliers of different shapes and sizes all wearing hats and sunglasses and standing with long poles in front of a gondola. They are flanked on each side by two red and white striped poles, with a little dog dressed like the gondoliers, also in sunglasses. The bottom of the shirt announces “The Venetian Blind Society.”
  57. This black shirt with white letters says “the world takes my disability far too seriously and, frankly, I’m not going to stand for it. (wheelchair joke no. 43)”
  58. Much like the opening credits for the “Star Trek” TV show, this black t-shirt has its red and white lettering slanted to give an illusion of upward movement in the beginning of an epic journey. Written, it says, “To boldly go where all others have gone before.” In the background, there are tiny stars. And, at the very bottom, is the title “Americans With Disabilities Act: The New Generation.” From the University of Minnesota.
  59. On this shirt there are six, uniform-looking men, wearing suits and ties and carrying briefcases. They are drawn in black and white. Behind them, there is an eccentric character singing “La-La-La,” with red hair and dressed in different attire. This shirt says, “Why be ‘normal’? Normal is so mediocre.”
  60. On this red shirt a quote in white letters reads:  “Your attitude just might be my biggest barrier.”
  61. This black t-shirt with neatly-printed white letters offers a quote from Paul Longmore:  “prejudice is a far greater problem than any impairment; discrimination is a bigger obstacle to overcome than any disability.”
  62. On this teal-colored shirt, we see a picture of a sunny day, with a long winding road.  Beneath it hand-written white letters reads “take me to my least restrictive environment… as far as the mind can see…”