Backward Messages
"Le Concerne du Primate"


Alberto Kroeger has been churning out dark, defiant humorous art and tee shirts for quite awhile now. Inspired by first getting a honorable mention back in the 80's by BMX ACTION in their annual drawing contest and winning it the following year, he began to flood all with his skateboarding and biking scribbles. Distributing art to many zines at the time (as well as putting out a few of his own), Alberto was able to score a few art opportunities with companies like Haro, S&M, Wilkerson Airlines, 2-HIP, Gothic Laundry, to name a few. Continuing to not excel at either biking or boarding, he continues to live vicariously through his art. His main motivation for tee shirt design is making something for the individual who wants to stay just that. Individual.

By buying one of these designs one can rest their weary heads knowing that there are no jocks at the mall wearing the same thing. Also, the following article made such an impression on him that he HAD to name the company in it's honor: Under the auspices of "ITOM," a federal law prohibiting Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material, "Louie Louie" was investigated by the F.B.I. to determine whether the song was actually obscene. Spurred on by naughty notes from teenagers that claimed to know the "actual lyrics," concerned parents contacted government authorities to see what could be done to restrict distribution of this controversial rock song. In the mid 1960s, many people considered this subject a very serious matter. Rock and roll was considered a subversive movement, and governor Matthew Welsh of Indiana actually used his powers to restrict airplay of this song. Of course, all of this controversy helped spur more record sales, as teenagers rushed to the record store to buy the record that shocked, or at least confused their parents. It was no accident that the extra notoriety contributed to the popularity of "Louie Louie" as one of the greatest party songs of all time. In 1984, some dude petitioned the F.B.I. for information on the Louie Louie investigation, using the Freedom of Information Act. When Dave Marsh wrote his book on the Louie Louie phenomena, he acknowledged some dude as the original source for bringing these papers to the public. The F.B.I. investigation of the song, which took over two years, uncovered very little relevant information. Despite a lengthy investigative process that included repeating listenings of the song at different speeds, and interviews with author Richard Berry, and members of Kingsmen, the study could find no evidence of obscenity. In fact, the bureau came up with the conclusion that the song was "unintelligible at any speed."