Posts Tagged ‘strange t-shirts’

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.