“I have questions about how the black gay male body is used in America, and if I have to repurpose imagery to ask those questions, then that's what needs to be done,” says the artist. Accordingly, the novelty collection features items as intimate as the content that it grapples with, such as t-shirts, pillows, and boxer briefs, all of which are boldly printed with diverse imagery of the black male body ranging from porn stars to dear friends.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the line — besides its ability to make a poignant political statement look cute as hell — is the overwhelming sense of vulnerability inherent to the line itself. Mooney didn’t just design a collection of clothing, he invited us into the depths of his personal experience, into the journey of an individual who is increasingly defined and objectified by cultural forces outside of himself. The bravery is palpable.