The election and inauguration of Donald Trump has certainly spurred economic growth in one industry: custom T-shirts.
Some of the popular new designs: “Grab Em By the Prostate” and “Nasty Woman District 5.”
At Bang-On T-Shirts in Little Five Points they’ve been staying at work until 11 p.m. most nights this week, fulfilling orders. The line was five deep at the counter on Friday afternoon.
Manager Leah Medley said customers usually get their shirts printed while they wait, but this week they’ve been three to five hours behind in orders.
A few customers are ordering Falcons related apparel (for Sunday’s game against Green Bay), but “80 to 90 percent of them are women,” printing shirts for the Atlanta Women’s March, said Medley. (The march begins at 1 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.)
“When people get excited or stoked or angry, they come here first,” said owner Chris Carlock, working on a set of “Build Bridges Not Walls” T-shirts for a family of four.
Bang-On has many of its own designs, but occasionally an idea bubbles up that goes viral online. They’re glad to fulfill those orders as well.
One example is the “Nasty Woman District 5,” which name-checks two different Donald Trump insults, including his criticism of Atlanta’s Fifth District, which he said was “falling apart.” It wraps the phrase with Katniss Everdeen girl-power overtones by using “Hunger Games” imagery. (Katniss was from District 12, by the way.)
“Sorry,” Lydia Bailey explained to a customer on the phone, “we’ve got an inauguration, a Women’s March and a Falcon’s game, so we’re kind of busy.”