Releasing Friday: Jean Paul Gaultier SS1994 Graffiti Shirt. Throughout his career, Jean Paul Gaultier was always prescient in championing taboo and maligned parts of society. We can see it expressed in less drastic terms with his early adoptions of heavy metal imagery, during an era when public backlash against Marilyn Manson was reaching a fervor, and more powerfully with his statements on AIDS, which claimed Gaultier’s longtime lover. It’s logical that he would have appreciated graffiti as an artistic medium long before the general public. While it was a key visual aesthetic of the ‘90s, both as a method of art and rebellion, it was often looked down upon by the art world and general public due to its genesis outside the upper-crust of society. Gaultier employed graffiti prints numerous times during his career, including on this soft cotton button down, which cuts a casual silhouette with its light-weight and relaxed cut. Available Friday the 24th, 12:00PM EST (-5 GMT), at Middlemanstore.com.