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Friday, April 25, 2014

"Free Shrimp Boy" T-Shirts Selling Slowly

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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Civil Rights attorney J. Tony Serra arrived to City Lights bookstore last night with an eye-catching piece of attire draped over his droopy beige slacks.

It was only the latest sartorial addition to a feverish legal defense crusade, now being propelled through merchandise. A few weeks ago we wrote about the "Free Yee" T-shirts that popped up on Valencia Street, notable not only for the smiling mug of the suspended Senator, but for the guns, dollar bills, and marijuana leaves brocaded around him.

The latest line of "Shrimp Boy" T-Shirts was available during a recent fundraiser at Pier Five's North Beach headquarters, which also featured jewelry, fancy liquor, and a lithograph apparently created by Pablo Picasso, according to reports from SF Appeal.
The more fashionable Free Yee T. - UPTOWN ALMANAC
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  • The more fashionable Free Yee T.
Whatever the implied commentary on Yee's alleged crimes, they made a stylish artistic motif. Apparently, these shirts haven't exactly been flying off the racks. At $30, they're pricier than the swag for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's alleged associates: A Yee face enshrined in guns and buds goes for as low as $10 in the Mission. Ardent Shrimp Boy acolytes might shell out, but those who simply love the novelty of a mobster named after a prawn may just opt to print out the logo. That doesn't bode well for Chow or his legal team as they face as an elaborate -- and costly -- trial. Serra has said he intends to take the case pro bono, which will help defray some of the tab. And he'll certainly keep modeling the T-shirt.
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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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