5th Column was a t-shirt company that was active during the 1990s in the United States. The company was based in San Francisco and was known for producing politically charged t-shirts with provocative graphics and slogans that often expressed leftist and anarchist viewpoints.
5th Column's t-shirts were designed to challenge and subvert the status quo, and often featured images of revolutionary figures, such as Che Guevara and Malcolm X, as well as slogans that criticized capitalism, consumer culture, and the mainstream media.
In addition to its graphic t-shirts, 5th Column also produced zines and other DIY publications that explored radical politics and social issues. The company's t-shirts and publications were popular among activists, punks, and other countercultural groups in the San Francisco area and beyond.
Although 5th Column is no longer in operation, its legacy lives on through the ongoing influence of its graphic design and political messaging. Many of the company's t-shirt designs have become iconic symbols of left-wing politics and anti-establishment movements. Today, vintage 5th Column t-shirts and other merchandise are highly sought after by collectors and fans of the company's distinctive style and radical politics.