Beatles / KISS mashup shirt

For some reason, it seems odd to me to buy shirts with a band that didn’t make shirts when they were around. Then again – I’m not sure the Beatles didn’t, I just don’t think they did. On the other hand, I doubt many bands have sold the number of shirts that KISS have, so maybe it pans out? The only question left to answer now is: even if you should happen to like both bands, why on earth would you want to wear this eyesore? Get it here.

Sin Star

I saw the photo above, liking the “Sell out” shirt and decided to finally check out Sin Star. I’ve been seing the name around but for some reason, I haven’t had a look. So, what’s the verdict? Well… Some of these shirts are borderline generic Primark-ish shirts, with some skulls and some random saying on them. Others… others are much better. I really like the bold shirt with a big X on it (the reversed variety looks just as great). Have a look for yourself, whydontcha?

KISS pandas and M16s

Hide your arms featured this “pandamonium” shirt so I decided to check out the Speakeasy site. A bit too much on the “funny” side for my taste, but I like that M16 shirt a bit (and if you buy it, you support some nobel cause too).

Dead Trends

I dunno, I’m to damn tired to think of a better title today, go visit some other blog if it ain’t good enough for ya’ll. Anyway, I’ve mentioned Afends before and here’s a couple of other shirts I like that they make and sell. I’m not totally sure what makes a shirt designer think the world needs another coffin/upsidedown cross shirt, but it looks good, so… Afends also name their shirts cool stuff like “Dead trends”. Hey, maybe I should use that for a title!*

* This post was originally named “No Afends”.

Hey, your shirt’s on fire! I love it!

Glass Siren is all about the work of Damon Roberts. He does all kinds of artsy stuff, but our reason for caring about him is that he makes shirts out of some of his art. Now, the reason I checked him out in the first place is the burning shirt above. It’s ironic – it’s the shirt of his I like the least, but I totally LOVE that way of showing it. EVERYONE should set fire to their shirts and take product shots of them as they disintegrate. But forget that shirt, there’s more than naked, busty ladies to see here – check it out!


My kid could draw that!

Speaking of shirts that look like they were designed by kids… excellent shirt blog Hide you Arms posted these shirts today and… WTF? Not only are these shirts uglier than a cow’s butt, they also cost 60 fucking POUNDS! If you buy this, you deserve what you get, I guess. Get ’em here (why do I even include the link?).

Dude, that’s retarded…

We Are Lions – t-shirts designed by people with developmental challenges. The Arts of Life, Inc. is committed to providing high quality, innovative services for developmentally disabled adults. The studio focuses on its artists’ needs and strives to exceed expectations. The Arts of Life will continue to be characterized by both dedication to its artists and excellence in the field of developmental disabilities.

Oh, this is gonna be a minefield. Normally, I don’t care much about potentially offending anyone – fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. Developmentally disabled however (by the way, I hadn’t heard that term before – it’s not easy to keep up with the ‘correct’ name for everything these days (and with that in mind, maybe people shouldn’t always be QUITE so sensitive when you get it wrong), but we’re talking about, in part, what used to be called ‘retarded people’ (and it should be pretty easy to figure out THAT name is no longer ok to use). There’s also a number of other varieties of unfortunate peole in this group – people who haven’t been lucky enough to live a life that allowed them to develop in a regular way. Sucks.

So, yeah, everything that is done to help unfortunate people like this to have a better life – hey, I’m all for it. But… (why is there always a but (no, not a butt)?). I can’t help but wonder how many people wear these shirts in a non-condescending way, or without the ulterior motive of making themselves seem or feel like a really really great person. And what a great ice-breaker at a party, huh? Maybe it’s just me, but I think these all look like they were designed by little kids – they’re not exactly good looking (but then again, people love that fucking Keith Harring so maybe they will dig this as well) – wo what would make you buy and wear this?

Yeah, I’m rambling. And maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s ok to buy a crayola designed shirt and feel good about being such a nice and open minded person when wearing it? It beats the heck out of no one buying these shirts, that’s for sure. And I mean… half of the hipster dung available on the shirt market today ALSO looks like it was designed by a fiveyearold, so.

I have no good wrap-up for this. I would like to finish with something that showed my support for We Are Lions, and encouraged you to support them as well, but having written what I just have, how can I? Sorry. Or something.

Smells like… the corpse of Kurt Cobain

Not that I can find it on their website or anything, but according to mashKULTURE, Primitive shoes has this shirt in their new collection. Maybe I’m too tired tonight, but I really can’t make my mind up about whether I like people making fun of Kurt. I mean… he was a pretentious, hippie-ish, mopy, unwashed guy that whined a lot, but at the same time (or, rather, at THAT time) it felt like he kinda saved mainstream rock n’ roll when it was in a sad sad state.

Then again, who says this shirt is mockery?

Gentle lasers!

With shirts like these and a name like Gentle Lasers, it’s pretty obvious these guys don’t take things too seriously. I like that. The “act like you belong here” shirt would work SO well in SO many situations!

Australian shirt zine

I love reading about shirts and I’ve featured at least one previous t-shirt fanzine her. Through band shirt site My Band T-shirt, I found out about Vanessa Berrys Tshirt zine, which can be bought on Etsy. One of the texts from it (I assume) can be found at the My Band T-shirt link above so check it out and buy the zine if you like it!

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