The Eric Garner jersey was the third in the series. The killings of Eric Garner followed by Mike Brown marked the moment this project becoming a series and not a one-off idea. One detail on this jersey is the “Courtesy Professionalism Respect” motto that is painted on every NYPD vehicle. The jersey number, 43, represents Garner’s age at the time of the incident, as does the number of each jersey in the project.
The Sean Bell jersey was next. Chronologically Sean Bell’s killing happened much earlier, but the jersey design happened next. The 50 stars on the side of the jersey represent the 50 bullets used to kill him.
Before this was a continuing project, it was an idea. I designed the Trayvon Martin jersey in the summer of 2013. The project seemed like a one-off then, but I’ve tweaked, refined, and homed in on the ideas since.