Novelty T-Shirts… are they all they’re cracked up to be?

So let me start by saying that I have in the past I have both bought and owned a novelty t-shirt, in fact they are kind of hard to throw out. All that witty goodness presented in a practical way… whats not to love?

So it got me thinking about what makes a good novelty t-shirt and which ones will you see reduced to $4.74 at Big W at the end of the season before being shipped off to people who have suffered some horrific natural disaster in a third world country and end up with a Duff Beer t-shirt to show for it.

You know what I mean right? There is a level of commitment involved for both the wearer and the reader of the novelty t-shirt. You need to be guaranteed some sort of laugh or smirk to warrant wearing one in public. Nothing worse (slight exaggeration/poetic licence) than going to the effort of reading a t-shirt only to find out that it’s not funny. And then you are forced to grin, grimace or give the raised eye brow half smile?

I think that a basic black/dark grey/navy t-shirt with white writing is best and preferably a raised painted on old school font that gets you nostalgic before even reading the message. NEVER ever go for that puff paint look with a sea horse and stars. I’m not even going to bother explaining why.

Then you need something snappy to say or something long enough to draw the reader in and then smack em in the face with your punchline.

Here are my suggestions:

  • And this is me on a good day.
  •  If you keep reading this you might not notice the huge pimple on my chin.
  • This t-shirt also comes in red.
  •  I’m local.
  • Have here or take away?
  • Someone who loves me went to Disneyland and bought me this t-shirt and while I usually wouldn’t be seen dead in it I really don’t have anything else clean to wear…

So yeah, um, okay I won’t give up my day job but I do think that sometimes it’s important to spend an inappropriate amount of time on a topic that really isn’t important just for the sake of it.


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