Che Guevara

Why Do People Wear Che Guevara T-Shirts?

Che Guevara

There are a lot of Che Guevara t-shirts out there, but there are perhaps even more reasons why people wear them. There are those who have seen the image and simply like it and want to wear it. There are also people who wear them because people they admire, such as professors, bosses, or parents wear them. Some wear Che Guevara t-shirts to express part of their own political ideas. Others wear them specifically because they admired some of the things that Che Guevara did during his own political and military career.

There is undoubtedly an international following for Che Guevara t-shirts. They are popular for their style as well as their statement. The t-shirts have become to many people a symbol of their own rebellious nature. To some people, a Che Guevara t-shirt is a symbol of rebellion against the constraints of the government, of society or of whatever it is they feel is too constraining

Some people feel that being passionate about politics or military actions is an important part of life, and that attracts them to the symbol of Che Guevara. He is seen by many to be a symbol of an overriding passion for change that can change the way whole governments and armies operate.

For some, the look of military style is what is appealing. Camouflage and Che Guevara t-shirts appeals to them for the image it conveys. The classic Che Guevara image is one in which he is wearing a military hat and coat. Someone wearing a similar outfit may enjoy a Che Guevara t-shirt because it fits into that image with its military style.

Other people are opposed to specific types of political parties or types of government. These may include conservative politics or communism in general. Some use it as a symbol of fighting against the ruling classes that they perceive as oppressing the poorer classes. The struggle of one class against another is one that interests many people in learning more about Che Guevara and wearing t-shirts that feature him.

In most cases, it is used as a symbol of revolution, rebellion and being true to your own vision. While not everyone who wears these t-shirts agrees with everything that Che Guevara stood for, for many it’s not about anything that he did specifically. For them, it’s more about symbolizing living life on their own terms rather than simply doing what they are told to do feeling true passion for a cause.

A Che Guevara t-shirt doesn’t have to be worn to symbolize anything that other people wear it to symbolize. If it appeals to someone, it can be worn for whatever reason has drawn them to it. It can be about politics, the military, fashion, passion or rebellion. It can be worn for a combination or some or all of these reasons. Whatever the reason, a Che Guevara t-shirt does stir up passions in those who are for or against him and what he stood for. And for many, that’s exactly what they want to accomplish.

10 thoughts on “Why Do People Wear Che Guevara T-Shirts?

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  2. David

    The image of che was taken by a press photographer. The family of che has never received any compansation for the use of this image.

  3. Cory

    Che murdered men and women, even pregnant ones in his prison of La Cabana. He did not bother with trials. He killed teenagers too. He hated rock music. He insulted blacks as negros who never bathe. He advocated using Soviet nuclear weapons on New York City. He called Mexicans a bunch of illiterate Indians. He shot an innocent woman who was six months pregnant.
    When Che tried to flee from a battle with Bolivian regulars he and his aid were captured by two Bolivian soldiers. Che threw down his loaded, functional weapons and surrendered. Seems he was only tough when his targets were bound and gagged.

    Anyone who wears a Che tee shirt is a monster, or knows nothing about him. The man was abject scum on earth, and we should teach our children to revile his disgusting memory.

  4. Cory

    Here are a few Che quotes

    “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood…Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!”

    “Hatred as the central element of our struggle!…Hatred that is intransigent….Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow!… The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! These hyenas (Americans) are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!” (thus spake the icon of flower-children)

    “The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and booze, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”
    “What will our Revolution would do for blacks?–why, we’ll do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean: nothing!”

    “The negro has maintained his racial purity by his well known habit of avoiding baths” (as if Che had room to talk)

    “Mexicans are a rabble of illiterate Indians.” (Note the numerous Che T-shirts and banners at May Day demonstrations by Mexican immigrants)

    “Bolivian campesinos are simply Animalitos” (Note Bolivian President Evo Morales’ frequent genuflections to the ghost of Che Guevara and to his puppeteer, Fidel Castro.)

  5. Q

    triple kudos to Cory for speaking the truth about this scumbag that Hollywood admires. He stands for oppression and violence and suppression of the human spirit. Ironically, he would have wanted to kill all those in Hollywood for their capitalistic excesses. I wonder why hardly anyone dares to walk around with a Stalin or Hitler t-shirt? Same political ideals. But Che just happened to fail at his attempt at becoming a despot.

  6. El Duderino

    Same political ideals as Hitler and Stalin!? What a stupid statement. He never advocated the mass murder of a race of people. Read the Motorcycle Diaries and the biography by Jon Lee Anderson and not just book by Humberto Fontova. Like him or not he was fighting for the rights of poor people against the rich. It was large American companies that were exploiting the poor in Latin America. Read a little history outside of Hannity and Glenn Beck.

  7. Klash

    Only fucking brain dead poseurs would wear a che tshirt.
    Next time there’s an anti war rally in your town check out the large number of twats in the Che T shirts.

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