Thursday, January 15, 2009

consumerism wow: 3 t-shirts i covet

Warrior Plumbers by Chris Hastings, the Dr. McNinja guy. I'm of that particular generation for whom seeing references to Super Mario Bros. is like hearing the lullabies my mother used to sing to me. And that in that bizarre-realism sort of style that Hastings does? Behold, and feel as though it were your own: The indignation of the sucker-punched Piranha Plant! The crispy plight of the Koopa Paratroopa! The dull, niggling concern of the Goomba that really, it shouldn't have feet, let alone shoes. A bunch of sizes are reprinting, but TopatoCo turns that stuff around pretty quick! The shirt is $19.75, and ships via your choice of USPS or UPS.

Love Is Blind by Tara McPhearson, the popart & comics lady (warning: sometimes she draws boobs, so if you're not okay with that you shouldn't click through to her art). A print of hers was placed on the set of Juno's room! She just did a cover for Popgun, which my friend APK is Assistant Editor for! My aunt is dating her father! (This is possibly the worst TMcP bio ever. I'm just entertained by the little ways her work keeps popping into my life, lovely and surprising and sad like violet-flavored toaster pastries made with salt instead of sugar.) Women's sizes only! Apologies to people who are not womens. I just ordered this shirt today, and I'm slightly dubious about how it'll fit (it's printed on American Apparel's Sheer Jersey 2-Sided Top), so I'll post updates when it arrives in case anyone's curious. The shirt is $24 and ships flat rate.

Piggy Board by Preston Haynes, who is some dude on Threadless. I'm not sure what sort of message this shirt sends, other than the perhaps obvious "Lauren wants to be friends with the person wearing this shirt because they are probably rad," but I like it! However, if you're a dude who fits somewhere between the sizes XS and 2XL, you won't be able to buy one until/unless Threadless reprints it. I find this to be a frequent problem with Threadless tees… they've got a great catalogue, but the odds of finding everything (or anything) you want in your size are something like the odds of secretly being Batman: it depends on how much you're willing to compromise with reality, and what sort of Fates you've pissed off. The shirt is $12, and Threadless ships via UPS.


Mommy Melee said...

You should write more. You knock out some amazing turns of phrases for a freakin post about shirts.

Also I want those shirts.

the grammar monkey said...

It's easy to write about shirts! They're impersonal (y'know for something you wear on your body) and people won't judge your abilities very hard if you screw it up.

But yes, I should, and man the Internet is so full of shirts I want.

Adam P. Knave said...


the grammar monkey said...

It's exactly the sort of t-shirt I'm excited about right now: Boldly graphic! Intriguingly meaningless! No text to muck up the purity of concept!

Adam P. Knave said...

It is a great thing, when those work. So often they do not.