What is Liberty Maniacs?
Liberty Maniacs is about freedom and independence. Our business is all about creating design and merchandise that celebrates freedom and sometimes chastises those that oppose it.
I'm Dan McCall. I'm an artist and designer that started Liberty Maniacs years ago as a project to make merchandise I couldn't find anywhere else. Years later, I've found there are millions of people all over the world that have a different take on life like me. Liberty Maniacs is for them.
Why the name "Liberty Maniacs?"
My friend Greg gave it to me and it stuck. Many of the themes my work deals with are social and political, and people get pretty serious about them. I figured it's hard to take yourself too seriously with a silly name like Liberty Maniacs.
I've also always considered myself something of a libertarian, or strong believer in individual liberty of thought and action. In fact one might even say I'm an obsessive enthusiast of liberty. So the name fits.
Where are you located?
A stone's throw away from the Mississippi River, an hour north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, your stuff is typically produced and shipped for you in California. All Liberty Maniacs products are printed in the United States.Liberty Maniacs seems all over the map politically. What's with that?
We're independent and believe people don't need any other label than their names. Hopefully our stuff reflects that.
Didn't you get into some trouble a while ago with the NSA?
I did. I actually sued the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security on free speech grounds in federal court over his parodies. Both agencies issued illegitimate cease and desist orders on my designs, causing international outrage that lead to both agencies setting out of court in February of 2014. The agencies agreed to pay my federal court filing fee and admit that their take down letters were wrong. (Using the most byzantine, equivocal legalese possible, of course.)
You can't live free without free speech. It's everything to Liberty Maniacs, and we'll never stop fighting to protect it and expand it.
Why do you give politicians and the government so much crap?
Because they deserve it.