I love t shirts. I love wearing them and most of the time I like reading the shirts other people wear. My favorite shirts are snarky, sarcastic, geeky, and obscure. One of the first shirts I remember really liking was back in jr. high. A fellow student had a shirt with a picture of a horse on it with the text “Horse Shirt”. Every time I saw it my mind read it as “Horse Shit”. I am guessing that was the point of the whole thing. I have no idea why he was never sent home for wearing it.
I am rather picky about the shirts I wear. I stay away from advertising or product shirts. I have always wanted to walk into an Ambercrombie and Fitch store and ask the clerk how much they would pay me to advertise their products. I am sure I would get tossed out of the store and land in pile before their oversized soft porn advert photo at the entrance to the store. I do have 1 product shirt and that is for Tanka Bar and I have no problem spreading the word about their fantastic products.
I also avoid shirts with overt political messages. There is a shirt that has been all the rage in Indian country for the past couple years. The most common one shows Geronimo and a group of armed Apache warriors with the text “Homeland Security Fighting Terrorism since 1492″. It has nothing to do with whether I agree with the sentiment, I certainly do agree, but I dislike showing my views so overtly. My friend Rick has a shirt with the text “I voted then I vomited” for some reason I would wear this shirt proudly. The vomit shirt is relatively neutral and expresses a general dislike of current voting options.
Shirts that are wildly disrespectful and or mean spirited really piss me off. I encountered just such a shirt just yesterday. A young man waiting in line for 12 cent tacos at Jack in the Box was wearing a shirt that had the following bold text “Cool story Babe, now go make me a sandwich” Why would anyone wear a shirt like that? I do not care if a shirt has bad language. I would never wear it but go right ahead if that pleases you. I greatly dislike disrespectful shirts and that cool story babe shirt definitely fit into that category. I figure that the shirts I wear make a statement about me, who I am, what I like, how I think, and how I view the world. I certainly do not wish to wear something that would give an indication that I am rude and disrespectful of others.
I think I have fun shirt. Here are some examples.
“If you don’t talk to your cat about cat nip Who will?”
“Donner Party Mix – Serving Your Fellow Man”
“Keep Calm and Bring Grenades”
A shirt sporting a t rex and a stegosaurus with the steggi saying “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal”
If I am not wearing a t shirt I am usually sporting a colorful hawiian shirt.
I consider shirts to be messages to the people around me and I am considerate of what that message is.
What shirts do you like?