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New Klaus Tees

by Jacob Resneck
on 22 April 2008

Two years ago Klaus Industries proclaimed that 2006 was the new 1984.

While the fledgling experiment of democracy is still fledgling, the Portland, Oregon-based company has expanded their line of irreverent and humorous wears. Aside from an update on that particularly ominous theme, these hand-dyed printed shirts extol the tough-guy Abe Lincoln and the need for some domestic humanitarian intervention.

“Our shirts are intended to be thought provoking, without provoking a fight,” reads the site's introduction.

Each shirt is hand-dyed on an American Apparel t-shirt that's guaranteed to be sweatshop free, if not a little sweaty. That's how it is at Klaus Industries, headquartered in the industrial outskirts of Portland. Like the soap company in "Fight Club," “except 70 percent less homoerotic.”

Also, a dollar is donated from every shirt to Kiva, a website that links lenders with entrepreneurs in the developing world.

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