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Sign up for the club and you can get flowers, fruit, or even bacon in your mailbox every month — why not T-shirts? Swedish company T-post combines the excitement of regular gifts in the mail (in this case, every six weeks) with a social and political conscience.

Started in 2004 as a way to engage people, especially younger people, in important news topics, T-post commissions a graphic designer to visually interpret an international news story. The design goes on the outside of the tee, and the complete article is reprinted on the inside. Topics have included riots in Paris, the 2004 tsunami, privacy in the internet age, and the genetic code for altruism.

January’s tee, designed by Finnish illustrator Jarno Kettunen, speaks to the recent real cases of babies switched at birth, and the moral dilemma of giving up a child you’ve bonded with to his or her biological parents. Consider subscribing to get a cool, wearable piece of European graphic art delivered eight or so times a year — but stick with it when each issue gets you thinking, and talking, more than you’re used to. Tees are a bit pricey because of the exchange rate (US $38), but the website t-post.se is friendly and easy to navigate. And they sure beat those “It’s all about me” tees.


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