Archive for the ‘My T-shirt Collection’ Category

From My T-Shirt Collection- Cheetah Man

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A couple of years ago I was asked to do an illustration for a client. It was to be a comic book cover style illustration of a character his son created. As the drawing was done digitally, we decided to make t-shirts from some of the individual characters appearing in the composition. This cheetah man is one of the main hero’s allies.


I kind of like how small the image is placed on the shirt. It almost sort of gets lost.


This is a color digital transfer that I printed on my Epson 260 Sylus Photo and ironed onto a pretty soft tee from H&M. The color transfers appear more vivid than the regular ones, and hold up better in the wash. Of course they’re more expensive, so it only makes sense to get them if you want to print onto a colored shirt. I may some day do a similar design of an anapomorphic cat super hero type character for the Donkeyshines line. Of course it can’t be a cheetah or that kid might sue me!

Friends For Life?

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a shirt from my strange personal collection. This one is another great Salvation Army find, which I wear almost daily. It’s my hangin’ around the house shirt.


I am assuming this has something to do with health awareness, but it sports some of the weirdest-looking animals I’ve ever seen. And I know a little something about weird-looking animals. First of all, at the top of the shirt we have Low-fat Cat who looks an awful lot like a chipmunk:


Next we have Butt-out Bunny, who seems to very against smoking. He looks more like some mutated steer or something:


And finally we have a very pro-exercise Jogger T. Gerbil, wearing clown shoes for some reason. Poor guy only has half an exercise wheel, but he seems to be making the most of it.


The first thing that comes to mind is the absurdity that these three animals would ever be friends. Wouldn’t Low-fat cat gobble up the other two? I know he’s hugging those veggies in attempt to convince everyone that he doesn’t eat meat, but I just don’t trust him. I am curious to know the impact this amazing t-shirt had on the Ostego-Schoharie community. I wonder how many people quit smoking, started eating veggies and took up jogging as a result of it. I know that since I’ve had it, I’ve done all of those things, and I don’t even live in Ostego-Schoharie. Well, I was never a smoker to begin with, but I still think owning this shirt has made me more healthy.

Cereal T-Shirt

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I actually purchased this one directly from General Mills. 3 proofs of purchase and 5$ cash!


It’s way too small, and printed on a not-so-soft Gildan shirt, so it’s not comfortable enough to wear regularly. The low-end production quality ads to it’s charm, though. It’s an old-school transfer on a crappy blank, so it looks and feels home-made. It doesn’t even have the General Mills logo or any trademark notice anywhere on the shirt. I’ll bet they printed less than 500 of these, and I certainly have never seen another one in person. However if you are nerdy enough to have seen “Comic Book: The Movie”, you can see one of the actors wearing this shirt during one of the interviews in the DVD special features. This gem of a movie was written and directed by Mark Hamill, and primarily shot at the 2003 San Diego Comicon, so I highly recommend it to all nerds. Not that seeing the Cereal Monsters t-shirt isn’t enough of a reason to check out the flick. After all, who doesn’t love Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Booberry? Fruity Yummy Mummy, on the other hand, can go fuck himself, for all I care. Na, I’m kiddin’. FYM isn’t such a bad guy. I feel bad for him, cuz his cereal was “discontinued” on account of it being so terrible.

Who Would Wear an Ollie North T-Shirt?

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

In college, my love of absurd t-shirts was well-known, and I received some really strange ones as gifts from friends. This was one of the more controversial ones:


Ollie North, notorious for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, was not a popular guy after that scandal broke. Apparently, he he must have had some fans, or at least that’s what the printer of this shirt was hoping. I think they may have over-estimated the size of that pro-North demographic, though. Soon after receiving this, I went back to the Salvation Army where it was purchased to find an entire rack of these shirts. I’m not sure who was originally selling them, but obviously shirts are only given away when it becomes apparent that people aren’t willing to pay money for them. However this was the early 90’s, which may have been the peak of the “ironic appreciation” phenomenon. A shirt like this was gold to hip college kids who wanted their clothes to be conversation starters.  I’m not sure if other people actualy bought the rest of them, or if the Salvation Army eventually got rid of them some other way, but those shirts were gone within a few months. It’s too bad the shirt makers couldn’t have found these customers directly, but they likely took the shirt’s message too seriously to consider that people might actually find it amusing. These were the days before stores like Urban Outfitters were trying to artificially re-create the ironic sensibility, before film-makers tried to re-market bad movies as intensionally funny, before anyone wanted to make an actual effort to appeal to this demographic. But many of us see such an effort to be phony anyway. It’s not real nostalgia if it was made last week. Also, we don’t wanna pay more than $5 for shirts like these.

Who Are the Girls on This Weird T-Shirt?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Finding a totally personalized shirt at the Salvation Army was always interesting. Especially ones with photos of actual people:


This shirt is a custom iron-on transfer, most likely made at a mall. The first question I have is why was this made? Are these three girls sisters, making this shirt as a gift for a parent or something? If so, they must have very tiny parents, as it was really tight on me, and I’m 5’7″, 140 lbs. I can barely move my arms in it. Maybe they made it to commemorate a vacation they took together, or just their friendship in general. If so, did they only make one? Are there two more of these out there somewhere? The next question I have is how did it end up in the Salvation Army? If they gave it as a gift, it’s kind of shitty that the person got rid of it. Maybe the girls had a falling out, and wanted to get rid of all traces of their former friendship. Of course, it could very well have been discarded by someone who was cleaning out the attic and was unaware of it’s sentimental value, or just didn’t even notice it in a pile of other junk they were tossing out. Wouldn’t it be weird, though, to be walking down the street one day and see some stranger wearing a t-shirt with a picture of you on it? I always hoped I’d run into one of them some day. I wonder how old they are, and how much time has passed since it was made. Whenever I wear it, people always ask me who they are, which is a fair question. I always tell them that the girls are just the backdrop, but the parrot is a friend of mine.

Meat, The Press!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Here’s another strange T-Shirt I found at the Latham Salvation Army many years ago.


When I got it, this was a very lived-in shirt. It was worn out and full of holes, which is probably why I only paid $0.25 for it. My question is, who likes the news show Meet the Press enough not only to buy this shirt, but to WEAR it regularly? Another question: Did Ted Koppel once have red hair? It’s hard to believe that the cartoonist behind this shirt would get a detail like that wrong.

My T-Shirt Collection

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Even before I was making my own t-shirts, I was know for having quite an amazing collection of strange tees. The best part about this collection was that all of the shirts were found at the Salvation Army in Latham, NY. Unlike the tongue-in-cheek throw-back references to old pop culture that you find on shirts in trendy stores, the stuff I found at the Salvation Army was genuine and without intentional irony. Some of them were just so ridiculous that it made me really wonder about the shirt’s story. Why was it made? Why did the original owner buy it? Here’s an example:


and on the back:


Clearly, this shirt was printed for some fundraising event in connection with the Saratoga Hospital. Knowing this, however, does little in explaining the imagery on the shirt . What do sharks in a thunderstorm have to do with fundraising? What is supposed to be fun about fundraising and/or sharks in a thunderstorm? Mysteries such as this were why I always felt like an archeologist when I stepped into that Salvation Army. I never knew what strange relics I would uncover.


Sunday, September 28th, 2008

I just recently dug out this old t-shirt that I made 14 years ago! It’s hand-painted in acrylic directly onto the shirt. I’ve always been afraid it would get ruined if I washed it too often, therefore I only really wear it for special occasions. That generally means midnight premier screenings for Star Wars, general sci-fi and other movies that geeks get excited enough about to wait in line for hours to see before anyone else. In case you don’t recognize the guy on the shirt, that’s Billy Dee Williams, a.k.a Lando Calrissian. Lucas never thought Lando deserved his own shirt, so I had to make one.