Punisher co-creator Gerry Conway has previously maintained how disturbed he felt when law enforcement officers co-opted his character’s iconic skull emblem for themselves, saying:
“To me, disturbing whenever I see authority figures embracing Punisher iconography because the Punisher represents a failure of the Justice system. He’s supposed to indict the collapse of social moral authority and the reality some people can’t depend on institutions like the police or the military to act in a just and capable way.“Gerry Conway, Punisher co-creator, SyFyWire
To that end, Conway recently launched a campaign to reclaim the Punisher’s logo from the “forces of oppression” and use it instead for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, stating that:
For too long, symbols associated with a character I co-created have been co-opted by forces of oppression and to intimidate black Americans. This character and symbol was never intended as a symbol of oppression. This is a symbol of a systematic failure of equal justice. It’s time to claim this symbol for the cause of equal justice and Black Lives Matter.
As part of the campaign, Conway revealed a t-shirt line titled “Black Lives Matter – Skulls for Justice”; its designs combining the Punisher skull iconography with Black Lives Matter and anti-racist messages. The t-shirts will be used to raise funds for #BlackLivesMatters and allow #BLM to claim the symbol of oppression as a symbol of justice. The first three t-shirts are available for purchase now, with additional shirts added every two days.
You can check out the t-shirt line and purchase them here.