Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) T-Shirt

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Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) T-Shirt

I discovered the small book T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism back in San Francisco in the early 2000’s. Written by Hakim Bey (aka Peter Lamborn Wilson),  it immediately spoke to me. It resonated. The sheer volume of ideas and thought rolled me like an ocean wave, tumbling. And the idea of a ‘Temporary Autonomous Zone’ has really stuck with me. The thought of a carved-out space where the usual rules and structures of life are suspended or are replaced is so beautiful.

We all, collectively and individually, need spaces where we can be whatever we want to be. I could argue that sometimes we are most ourselves in these spaces. There is a unique freedom there. And while the interpretation may be that transgressive behavior is what happens in these spaces, that is not what they signify.

As an individual, they are places where we can be anything. Do anything. And that can be beautiful, simply because no one is judging or watching. No one is critiquing. And because of that, the energy that we devote to fitting into the social mores of society is freed up, and new things can emerge. We are not performing for anyone, not fronting or attempting to fit in.

And as a group, a TAZ’s are everywhere. A party. A campground. A sporting event. A game. A date-night. They are everywhere and I find them incredibly liberating.

We live within nested sets of rules, and to occasionally be able to free ourselves from those structures allows us to find our own boundaries and see what kind of people we are without them.



• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz./yd.² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Blank product sourced from Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US

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