Ok, so today – for once – I’ll let someone else do a lot of the talking. Here’s what Underrepped have to say for themselves:
A few months ago my dad and I were walking down the street and started commenting on who we saw on people’s shirts. It blew us away that the same faces kept reappearing. We repeatedly saw the faces and names of top athletes, actors, and celebrities. While those individuals are important, we wanted to see someone new. And the idea behind UnderRepped was born.
Since we are both involved with medicine, we searched for a shirt that represented someone in the medical field but never saw one. We easily came up with a list of 10 scientists/inventors/doctors we wanted to represent on a shirt because they have made major contributions to the world. We thought it’d be so cool for people interested in science to get the chance to recognize someone they admire in their field and recognize their legacy. And then we realized that anyone with an interest has someone they could represent. Whether it is in science, the arts, music, or whatever…Who invented the electric guitar? Or stethoscope? Or the electrical components in your iPhone? What about the creators behind the camera? All these great inventions and ideas came from people, and I wanted to start a project that revolved around recognizing them. We’ve chosen to do just that by making high quality shirts.
So, not a bad idea at all. I am often surprised and depressed by the extreme amounts of “me too” shirts that are being produced and by the (assumed) fact that people buy them, by the fact that trying to squeeze yet another little snort or giggle out of an umpteenth Unknown Pleasures or Keep Calm… tweak, is so more common than someone doing something new and different. Sadly, I don’t see these guys making a lot of money, but then again, neither did Rembrandt, right?
Anyway, Alan Turing, right? Who wouldn’t want him on a good looking quality shirt? Actually, I wish there was a Turing shirt that was more aggressive, some sort of revenge shirt for the way he was treated by society after making a pretty badass contribution to it.
As stated, there’s a heavy slant towards inventors and scientists among these shirts, which is totally fine – it’s always good to work with the stuff you know best – but I can’t help wishing there was a suggestion box for entering unsung heroes I’d like to see on a shirt.
Also, I wonder how many people would mistake Ada Lovelace with Linda when you wear that shirt…