Women’s representation in skateboarding is surprisingly lower on my list of concerns for Brujas than one would guess. Representation signifies reform.
Arianna Gil / Brujas 1971
"Correction: Fire To The Prisons" situates the back of the Brujas recently launched streetwear line, the 1971 Collection.
New York’s radical femme/queer skate crew have come to be known in the last few years for their engagement in the political discourse of the skatepark, actively challenging the dominant trends of patriarchy and white supremacy. They now move to make their mark on the prison-industrial complex launching a brand new 1971 streetwear collection which intentionally coincides with the anniversary of the September 1971 Attica Prison Uprising where nearly a thousand prisoners rioted and took control. With their Kickstarter campaign well on its way to doubling the initial goal of $10,000, Brujas mean to roll out fresh gear in order to support prisoners in New York State with a portion going directly into a fund for queer and trans prisoners of color.
Arianna Gil, the founder of Brujas, spoke with us a little bit about the 1971 line and Brujas' part in the greater discourse of prison abolition.
Sincerely, congrats on the Brujas x 1971 line startup, really appreciate the look and anticipate the launch. It is easy to imagine though that this is a particularly busy time in your life?
I guess. Most of the last two months I focused my creative energy on the 1971 concept, I’ve also been interning at GHE20G0TH1K and developing programming along with other Brujas for a two-month long residency at Recess gallery. A few weeks ago we paired up with WAR OF ICAZA for BRUJA WAR where we brought our #deathtoallmalelineups campaign on the road to Los Angeles, Oakland, and Portland for five events. I’m just trying to do whatever I feel like doing these days that makes sense. The largest national prisoner strike in history started a few months ago, it seemed appropriate to engage with that. Things are busy but my head is busier, so many cool things to try, to create, to mobilize, so little time. I still try and find time to make music and practice bass, skateboard, attempt intimacy but most everything these days has been about this work.