tcritic is a fun blog all about t-shirts. Yeah people say the ironic or funny t-shirt is tired, but not me-I love ’em. There is something so classic about a cool t-shirt, even though paying top dollar for vintage can get absurd. I recently dropped out early of Bauhaus t-shirt eBay auction that got well over $100. Sure it was original, but it seemed a bit much. Anyway, I agree a grown man in a Care Bears shirt and jean jacket is a pretty lame, and whether he’s Mr. Ironic or Mr. Sensitive it just doesn’t work. However, a good niche reference, or funny one-liner goes a long way, and for the usual $20-$30 I think you can get a lot of style mileage out of a well designed t-shirt.
Of course the obvious academic line would be to go on about how if you get the inside joke on my shirt we’ve bonded and it’s nonverbal communication of group identity etc etc…all true, all interesting, but the OZ Scarecrow shirt of the most recent tcritic post is just hilarious, simple as that.
I’ve been really fond of the shirt above for quite a few years now. Seems like a perfect example of what I’m talking about. A brand I don’t mind being associated with, an insider band reference for Ska fans, cute animals, and pink-can’t go wrong with pink.