@dave That’s actually where the username comes from, but my stylistic tastes and needs have changed a lot in the last 15+ years. Can’t wear graphic t-shirts in my office except on Fridays, and even on Fridays and the weekends I prefer simplicity now.
@Kawa It’s not I don’t wear shirts without words, but I pretty much always have something to say. I’d rather it be in text, manifest on the one hand, but obfuscated (even genuinely brainsplodingly confusing) at the same time is fine.
I want variety. I like words, direct and obtuse. Sweetly sincere and snarky. I want art, but I also want goofy-ass cartoons, designs, doodles and odd lines. I’d like the full range of sentiment: funny, somber, disturbing, joyful, murderous, thoughtful, batshit crazy, et al. I like the recent designs with the Rube Goldberg feel. And, yeah, I don’t mind y’all tweaking and even repeating your trademark designs: it’s still unique, in that I can’t find it elsewhere and it says that I’m a very mediocre person.
So do everything. I want it all. Experiment. Play. Go crazy, you mad motherfuckers (go even more crazy, I guess).
Besides, I say that I want it all, but I really don’t want to spend all of my money here anyway, so if you swing and miss, that’s cool. I’ll save up for the next round.
I’d like to see a bunch of anti-Trump shirts. (Or if that’s somehow too controversial, how about anti-politics in general?)
Or just anti-bullying shirts.
Or anti-insults shirts.
Or anti-admitting sexual assault shirts.
Or anti-locking children and infants in cages shirts.
Or anti-tax fraud shirts.
Or anti-owned by Russia shirts. (No offense to any actual Russians here.)
Or just anti-pathological lying shirts.
We could start with anti-bullying. That seems non-controversial enough.
I am hoping that neither the site, nor the forums or the t-shirts, become pits of festering political trolling, and havens of understandable but ineffective self-righteousness.
Not to mention I hope there is no going the direction of “failure to listen”.
(and in those partisan topics: guess what? No mind are changed.)
I understand you have strong political feelings, as do many of us.
But the various mediocre sites have so far managed to hang on to a sort of “welcoming civility toward all who behave well”, and mostly avoid political partisanship, except in special and obviously political topics.
The correct answer is “Other: All of the above.” Cause all have their places and times.
I’ll tell you what I’m ready to see less of: “weak pun shirts.” Don’t get me wrong, a good pun can be a very valid form of humor. There’s the shirt that says “There can only be pun”; that’s great because it’s recursive humor. It’s a pun about puns. I mean the shirt where you take a pop culture reference, change one letter to form a new word, and put the resulting image on a shirt. Especially when the resultant image isn’t inherently funny, or doesn’t cause sufficient cognitive dissonance to be hilarious. “Tyrannosaurus Rex” -> “Tyrannosaurus Sex” -> pixelated picture of Kambrian Kama Sutra = hilarious. “Tyrannosaurus Rex” -> “Tyrannosaurus Lex” -> dinosaur with a round bald head, “No, see it’s Lex, like Lex Luther…” or with a dictionary, “See, ‘lex,’ like he likes words…” = …well, let’s just say that if you have to explain the pun loudly, or if the shirt depends on you telling people its title for there to be a joke, then it’s just a cruel form of antisocial behavior. The latter is even worse, when the pun is on a phrase that you would never guess unless told. At its best, this makes the viewer feel terrible about themself (“Ohhhh I see I should have guessed that.”) At its worst, it makes them feel terrible about you. “Why is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wearing a pointed red hat?” “It’s ‘There’s no place like gnome.’ I said ‘like gnome,’ you see, hey why are you hitting me help help!”
And honestly, a dinosaur with a dictionary? You could at least have done something with “Thesaurus…”. Same goes for TyrannoSOREus Rex, TyrannoSOARus Rex, Tyrannosaurus Pecs—no, wait, actually that one has potential.