The concept behind 4th Amendment Wear is simple: to get a few people to think a little more about their constitutional rights.
Have you ever stared at your feet after removing your shoes at the airport security line?
It all started when we removed our shoes to go through an X-ray scanner. What a great canvas the top of a pair of socks are – a place to make a statement about the hassles we have to go through to be safe. So printing the 4th amendment on them seemed like a nice way to make a statement – without being a pain in the ass to the already harrowed TSA employees. In fact, many of us approve of and willingly undergo the airport security protocols. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t question whether it’s the very best solution.
So when the uproar began over the latest enhanced TSA security measures, we had an idea to use the TSA’s very own technology as a way to broadcast a statement.
We found metallic type that could, in theory, show up on TSA scanners that would display the 4th amendment. The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don’t intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It’s more of a conceptual piece than anything else.
Most TSA employees are extremely professional, so these clothes are meant to again provoke debate rather than be read as a message aimed at specific employees who are just doing their jobs. Hopefully, these clothes ask us all to re-examine how much we’re willing to go through for the sake of security. Hopefully, they prompt us to reread the US Constitution. Yes, we need to be 100% safe, but does that mean giving up all notions of personal privacy to do so…not only while flying, but in every other aspect of our lives? From geolocation tracking, to digital privacy to the Patriot act – where do we draw the line?
There must be better ways to keep us safe while also respecting our freedoms. This project’s only intention is to get the right people to explore all of those ways.