Honour over glory preview

Preview of the 2011 spring stuff. Nice design. More here.

Drink, fight and fuck

Yeah, that’s pretty much what the shirts from Dressperate ar about, I’d say. Well, some geekiness too. So, another company selling shirts with shock value – who cares? Well, I’d say these amuse me more than the ones from, say, T-shirt hell and such. If only… some of the the mockups weren’t so BAAAAD!!! Hey guys, when you just take a photo of a blank shirt and then slap the words or graphics on in Photoshop, that doesn’t make it look real. No, it doesn’t even ‘give you a feel for what it looks like’. It gives us a feeling you shirts look like shit. Now you know.

Royal wedding shirts – about that royal wedding:

People are usually surprised when I say I’m a royalist (and usually it turns them into complete pains in the ass, so I tend to keep it quiet). This doesn’t mean I like the actual persons in the royal family of Sweden, like people seem to think, I just agree with the concept (or, rather, find the alternative even more boring and deprssing).

England is the home of royalism. To say their royal family is important to them would be an understatement. Maybe it reminds them of the days when they had en empire rather than a worn country full of quirks others tend to laugh at (hey, at least they reformed the monetary system, thank god for that). And with a royal wedding coming up, things are crazier than they have probably been since Lady Di died (Die, Di, My darling). So it’s no surprise it’s rubbed off onto t-shirt culture as well. Found these two at Primark.

Sadly, I never found a huge serving tray with William and Kate on it, would have liked to have one. I’ll have to comfort myself with my limited edition public transport card from the Swedish royal wedding last year, I guess.

QR code Invaders scarf

What’s cool: knitted QR codes that you don’t know what they say, knitted space invaders and limited runs.

What’s not: flash websites that don’t allow you to copy text, forcing you to create elaborate collages to save you the work of re-typing everything.

Find out more and get it here.

Oh, and about that mysterious shirt…

You know, the one I wouldn’t tell you what it was. I decided not to buy it, but someone else gladly paid 30 bucks plus shipping for it. I think I did the right thing to let it go.

Pretty sweet shirt though, if it hadn’t been all ruined and shape-less, right?

London, the whole shebang!

So, yeah, my PLAN was to take photos with my phone and upload them as I paused for beer in pubs with free wifi, making you feel almost like you were there. Alas, it was not to be. The U.K. is a backwards country. How they can function normally in the international sphere is beyond me, it’s like they pretend it’s 2011 when they all secretly know it’s 1979 and act according to that. So, anyway, here’s some shirt photos from my trip to London. More will follow later, but this is the big bundle.

Let’s start off with a few shirts from Topman. And no – they haven’t gone crazy about yellowish/blue-tinted shirts in the u.k. – it’s just my favorite setting on the cameraphone. Live with it…

Here’s 3 shirts from River Island. The one on the right (with me in it), I bought. Now, I like this company for making nice shirts. But I also hate them for not delivering outside their own country and not accepting non-u.k. credit cards. I hadn’t been home for  more than 5 minutes before my wife’s cat tore holes in my new shirt and now I can’t get a new one even though it’s in their online store. Hello? 2011, remember?

Here’s stuff from Topman, Sainsbury’s (!) and some other place.

The two shirts on stands are from Uniqlo. Top marks for messages but I thought Japan was about coolness and great design – how come these shirts seem to have been designed by some soccer mum who sells them on CafĂ©press?

Primark. Yes, of course! Well, they had a pretty good selection this year but in the end I only bought the one in the middle. Running this blog has made me more picky I think.

And yes, Johnny Cupcakes – of course we went there. Didn’t buy nothing though – I just don’t like them enough to cough up 40 pounds for those shirts. Very very nice store though (my wife was transfixed by the wall hanging machines or whatever you call them).

Biggest disappointment of the trip? I wasn’t able to find my favorite shirt vendor in Camden. Maybe they’ve quit, maybe they’ve moved, who knows? Stay tuned for Camden photos and some more shirts later this week.

Sorry, I’m in a developing country

Where I’m from, there’s wifi everywhere. Here, there isn’t. Alas, I haven’t been able to upload my photos. Sorry. I’ll do it when I get home. See ya.

Ok, back to the champagne…

I’m going to London, and all YOU’ll get…

is some lousy t-shirts. I hope. Most likely, the next days posts will consist mainly of photos, as I find editing posts on my phone very time consuming and fiddly (and I’ll most likely be tipsy all the time). Anyway, I hope I find some post-worth stuff in Camden, Shoreditch or on Carnaby Street, we’ll see. I’ll be back posting as usual on Wednesday. Till then…

By the way… the shirt pictured here. I mean, who would wear them and why? You want to brag about your friend travelling all the way to London or the fact that he/she likes you little enough to bring you a sucky gift? And the worst part: I remember there were lots of these with “My mum” or “My parents” on them in the 80’s, probably still are – I’ll have a look. That’s truly sad. “Hey kid, we didn’t feel like bringing you to London and here’s a shirt so you can let everyone know about it”. Funny joke, really!

Ehm… you were or you weren’t?

I can’t figure this shirt out. Is it a classic double negative, meaning you weren’t designed to work for anyone, or do you actually mean you were not meant not to work for someone – you just can’t handle working for yourself/being unemployed?

Readers who are less confused than me, get it here.

I need your advice

I’m looking at this shirt on eBay, but… it’s almost as wide as it is long – that can’t be right, can it? The description says 22 inches from pit to pit and “length 23” (wherever that’s measured) so that’s kinda fucked up, right? But it doesn’t look THAT bent out of shape to me, considering it’s from the 80’s. Description also says “stretched out of shape”. Hm… I wonder if it’ll be worth the risk? What do you think?

And yeah, I’m paranoid so I don’t want to say what shirt it is. Never direct attention to an auction you plan to partake in.

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