Eken is dead

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Yeah, so, while browsing the blog of Weird, I came across this video and instantly spotted the red shirt pictured above. Since it was a Descendents rip off and since I couldn’t figure out quite what it said, naturally I went into obsessive mode. So now, after some googling, I can tell you that this is a shirt by the band Eken is Dead (don’t ask, I have no idea) and if you feel like it, you can listen to them (and, I assume, buy their shirts) at their facebook page. To be honest, I think the band sucks, but I like the shirt.

No one cares about your stupid fucking dog

stupid_dogFlying Coffin. Just because I don’t post about them all the time, doesn’t mean they stop doing cool things. I’d love to wear this shirt, dog owners do get on my nerves quite a bit. Sure, the design is very very simplistic, but in this case, it’s sufficient. Instagram commenters are already demanding a version that says “your stupid fucking kid”…

Second hand t-shirts – there’s a lot more to them than you’d think

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If you visit stores in Stockholm that sell second hand or even ‘vintage’ shirts, it quickly becomes apparent that someone is bringing in american shirts by bulk. There is just no way that so many used american shirts would end up here by themselves and even the scenario where a Swedish person would go on a buying bonanza, hitting every thrift shop in California, seems unlikely (not to mention not very cost effective). However, that’s where I’ve stopped thinking about it in the past, who cares, right? Well, the other day I stumbled upon this episode of a podcast I’ve been listening to lately, Planet Money, and if – like me – you’re interested in t-shirts, I think you would find it pretty interesting:

Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

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Not  only do you get an explanation to where these shirts come from and how they end up here, but you also find out what happens to all the other used shirts people give to charity – the ones that aren’t cool enough for european vintage stores. The episode starts with a story that actually sends shivers down my spine, and there’s a moment just after the 14 minute mark that made me whisper “nooooo!” to myself, but don’t worry – it’ll turn out ok in the end. Before you read anymore, listen to the episode, ok?

Great, you’re back. Good huh?

There’s a few thoughts I have on this:

* I bet you could find some really really cool shirts if you went looking in Africa and similar places. I remember a story about Swedish metalheads and die hard Iron Maiden fans Erik and Per Gustavsson (aka ‘bröderna hårdrock’ aka Hellbutcher and Tyrant) watching a documentary about some jungle tribe when they suddenly spotted a true collectors dream super rare Iron Maiden shirt that one of the tribe members were wearing. I doubt, however, that this method wold be financially viable.

* As someone mentions in the comments to the podcast, the thing that does not get mentioned in the episode, is what the flood of second hand clothing is doing to the domestic African clothes manufacturing industry. It’s not doing good things.

* It’s easy to laugh at the criteria the African vendors judge shirts by, it all seems kinda crazy. However, us Swedes are not much better. I see shirts for church bazaars and plumbing companies all the time when I look at what’s called vintage shirts here (and from what I’ve seen of the u.k, they’r not much better) – as long as it’s American, it’s cool. And band shirts… don’t get me started. I don’t know if it’s the Swedish vendors that can’t tell a true vintage band shirt from a cheap knockoff from 2004 or if they bet on customers not being able to tell, but for some reason they all seem to be going at the same price.

Anyway, Planet Money also did a five episode series on the global shirt economy – what goes into producing and exporting shirts. This may sound dull but I didn’t think it was. I may or may not write something about that series too, but there’s no real reason for you to wait for me to do so, right? You’ve got the link to their podcast archive above, go check it out for yourself.

Oh, and one more thing – and this is a big one. The Bat Mitzvah shirt mentioned in the story, the one with Betty Boop on it? The internet being the internet – the original owner of the shirt and the woman who’s Bat Mitzvah it was from – have now been identified and contacted. I love stuff like this!

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Night Watch

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You just have to love that logo! What is Night Watch? Go find out for yourself, but I guess it’s one of those things that grew. In this case it started as a low brow art zine and then got bigger. I have to admit I still haven’t read the actual zine, but my finger is caressing the buy button as the new issue (#5, the puke issue) was just released – it seems to have som fan-fucking-tastic artwork in it.

Not only do they make zines, Night Watch also has some merch, including shirts. The one above is dirt cheap at 10 bucks! The one below to the left is a pre-order shirt featuring the cover art of the puke issue and at 20 bucks, it’s not exactly breaking the bank either.

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Mixing Alfred E with GG Allin? Yes please!

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Satanic Jägermeister shirt

Remember Weird? If you do, and if you like them, I recommend you follow them online somehow, because their output is staggering! Way too much for me to cover it all, especially these days when my blogging has become les frequent. Anyway, let’s set Weird aside for a while and talk about me, ok?

I love deer. Can’t say why, they’re just so cool and good looking. From paintings to porcelain figures, woodcarvings (don’t get me started on cuckoo clocks) and liquor bottles, I’m just a sucker for them.

I love Germany. Lots of people will frown when you say that but damn – it’s a great country! I especially love the southern parts, down by the alps (and I certainly don’t mind the Austiran or Swiss parts of the alps either (Italy, as always, can burn in hell)). The whole alp concept – from traditional dressing to music, to nature and buildings, everything seems nice there.

I am also a fan of what is frequently called “old English” fonts – the type of fonts used in old books that were hand written by monks.

So, taking all of the above, it’s not strange that I really WANT to like Jägermeister. The bottle is so damn good looking and so is the logo. But, of course, it’s central place in the culture of idiots, lads and college jocks makes it impossible for me. Which is sad. For years, I’ve been thinking about remixing their logo somehow but never quite cracked it. Well, Weird beat me to it.

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Turning the cross upside down, replacing the deer with a goat (even though I’m sad to see it go)… well played! I like this! Get it here.

Now, all I need is for them to make a t-shirt version of this and I may be sending money to Brazil.

Hands on tits

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Not my most poetically named post, I must admit, but still: it is a fairly true description (and I’m hoping it will generate lots and lots of perv traffic). I’m kind of fascinated by all these shirts that are meant to make you look naked, or at least semi-dressed and I wonder A) how deceptive they really are and B) who the hell buys them. I suspect most are bought for someone else. It would be pretty unsettling to see this on a hairy middle aged man though… That back print though, that doesn’t even look good on the model, it makes her look like a gross, fleshy maggot or something.

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Trust no suits

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I’ve been following Sketchy Tank for quite a while, which is something I would recommend you do too. This shirt… Say what you will, but I like it a whole lot! It may not give off that suave “I’m mature” air, but then again, I am not very mature, so who cares? Get it here.

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