San Francisco based INVS and 5th Column come together and celebrate Saturnalia with the release of a this tee. Saturnalia is a holiday where Romans feasted together to celebrate one of their Gods, Saturn.
The design of the shirt is based off of Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son.”
The collab comes in two different colorways, black and burgundy, both are printed with 3M reflective ink. They release Thursday, December 17 (Saturnalia) at the INVS shop in San Francisco. It will release online the same day at 3pm on the INVS web store.
THE ANCIENT FESTIVAL OF SATURN
[Christmas was invented to replace Saturnalia.]
was an ancient Roman holiday marked by a week of wild partying, lawlessness and a holiday celebrating the return of the sun; ending in dedications to the temple of the god Saturn, which was on 17 December. People did any damage they pleased without fear of
consequence as the Roman courts were closed and law stated that no one
could be punished for anything. This tradition began by Roman
communities choosing someone as an enemy of Rome, representing the Lord of Misrule.
Each “enemy” was forced to over-indulge in food, sex, and mayhem for a week.
At the end of the week, the person was murdered in representation of
conquering the forces of darkness.