The Shirt on My Back

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?


About ikcewicasa

Ikcewicasa means common man in Lakota. I guess that describes me. I am turning 40 next year. I have a college degree and I have a professional job. The blog is just random stuff. I try and keep most of my posts humorous in nature sprinkled with a bit of American Indian items, soundtracks (which I love), food (something I also love) and movies (when I have the money and time to go see them. so basically ramblings that rattle around in my mind. Hope you enjoy. Like what you read? comment and re post. don't like what you read, let me know as well. ALL STORIES ON THIS SITE ARE ABSOLUTELY TRUE... EXCEPT THE PARTS I MAKE UP!
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4 Responses to The Shirt on My Back

  1. cocoajoe says:

    I love to read your ramblings. Though I don’t consider them ramblings. I think you missed your true calling and should be a writer!

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    I rarely wear T-shirts in public anymore–don’t look that good in them now and they just don’t seem conducive to my age. I used to wear T’s all the time (back in the 80’s). Since I traveled a lot then I would tend to buy shirts with places I’d been pictured. State shirts were my favorites, but I’d also get them with cities, amusement parks, and other such places. I guess I wore them all to rags since I don’t have any of those around. Now all I have are the Old Navy 4th of July T’s that my wife has been buying for the past 13 years or so. They’re all practically like new since I usually only wear them around the house and that’s not too often.

  3. Kim says:

    Where can I get the one about “If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?” LOL Of course, I have about 25 different wolf t-shirts, but I also have Ren and Stimpy, movie and tv t-shirts, a Bullwinkle t-shirt and one of my favorites that says “Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as gods. Cats have never forgotten this!”

  4. Kim says:

    Shoulda written Maddy as my name instead of Kim…oh, well. And I wear t-shirts all the time to work.

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