Mild People in Aggressive T-Shirts 3:00 16mm 2005

Hostile bravado meets everyday life.

I first noticed this phenomenon while walking around Las Vegas. The mellowest-looking tourist guys wore the most confrontational T-shirts. Behavior-wise, though, they seemed perfectly willing to go along to get along. They waited patiently for walk signals, they excused themselves when they brushed past me, etc. Which made perfect sense, of course--daily life consists of many tiny but necessary social interactions, and it would get pretty tiring to always be hostile. OK, so then why the shirts? Three minutes of contemplation.