The anonymous artist Ugly Primo has made pop art inspired by everyone from Daddy Yankee to El Chapo, and he’s even collaborated with Bad Bunny for a line of merch and clothing. But as protesters across the country fight to defund the police and end racial injustices, his work is taking on a political cause. On Monday, he dropped a new T-shirt that reads “Latinos Against Police Brutality,” and announced that all of the sale profits will go to the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-LA).
“Ugly Primo actively supports BLM and Anti-Police Brutality action,” they wrote. “We believe it’s important to fight against injustices in the criminal justice system that disproportionately affect black and brown people.”
NLG-LA is currently representing Black Lives Matter of Los Angeles (BLM-LA) and Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) in a federal class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for excessive force and civil rights violations committed against protesters who convened after the murder of George Floyd. According to NLG-LA’s website, the lawsuit is seeking damages, declaratory and injustice relief for thousands of people who “sustained injuries by police and were subject to excessive detention without access to bathrooms or medical care.”
The T-shirt is available on uglyprimo.com for $30. Last month, they urged Latinos needed to stand up and amplify voices from the Black community.
“We must work together to come up with meaningful policy changes that will improve the criminal, financial and education systems that deeply affect and hurt us. On a more personal level, we have a responsibility to talk to our inner circles that are not supportive of the BLM movement. Sometimes the biggest impacts we have are on a micro-level,” they said.