Monday, October 25, 2004

The wearing of grief.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article out on a new trend hitting America's urban streets.

R.I.P. shirts, according to the article, have been around for years...

The origin of R.I.P. shirts is a bit murky, but some entrepreneurs say the shirts originated in the South, during jazz funeral processions in New Orleans. Others trace R.I.P. roots farther, to West Africa and the Caribbean, where mourners often wear head scarves or handkerchiefs with the deceased's likeness on them, said psychologist Ronald Barrett, a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who has written extensively on African American funeral practices.

The only problem is: when are they coming up to Canada?

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