Recently our Fashionable Frogs shirt appeared on prime time TV…under a vest. We could tell it was our shirt as we knew they had it and were going to use it, but all you could see was the top of the gray shirt. In the end it’s okay. The show was very unfunny and the acting was terrible, so we were relieved to see the shirt didn’t really make a real appearance.
We only wished we stocked some of this Siberian Bear Hunting Armor. Perfect for a solitary stroll through the the woods or for Black Friday door-busting. Excellent date attire for daughters as well.
“Let him fight instead of being shot.”
We put Abraham Lincoln on a T-shirt because besides having a look like no other, he wasn’t just your average Abe (or president) either. Case in point: In 1863, the Army sentenced Michael Delaney to death for deserting from his regiment the year before. In the file sent to President Lincoln, it was noted that Delaney had since been captured while fighting for a different regiment (on the same side, mind you), meaning that he had deserted but re-enlisted. Lincoln overturned the death sentence by simply writing “Let him fight instead of being shot”.
As we have an Einstein shirt for sale, I wondered what the man said about art or creativity. Here’s what I found:
- Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
- When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
- The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Thanks, Einstein. I feel a bit smarter.
When I was 5 or so, my friend and I liked to play “Dracula and haunted lions”, the “haunted lion” being the more coveted character to be. More often we’d play the “animal game”, where we got to be any animal we wanted to be. (Another friend chose to be female kangaroo sometimes. Why female? So he could have a pouch, of course [smart guy!]). From there we started taking various animal traits and mixing them to form our own fantastical creatures. For instance: pangolin body + bat wings + rattlesnake tail = cool creature. (What do you mean you don’t know what a pangolin is?) A lot of these creations made it onto paper, complete with clothing and weaponry.
Fast forward several (read: many) years, and with a nod to my past I’ve created The Dapper Fox. No, he doesn’t have albatross wings or an echidna tongue, but he is dressed smartly in late Victorian-era clothing. He’s clearly well aware of his good looks and charm, as evidenced by his confident, sly gaze. He’s become very popular, especially at local shows, where he outsells other designs many times over (the biggest competition to the former best-seller at shows: Abraham Lincoln). We do get a lot of people first noticing him and saying “Fantastic Mr. Fox”! Well, not quite, but we’ll take it as a compliment.
Space Invaders Argyle shirt: “Ooops! I totally forgot to leave feedback because this shirt was so awesome it seems like it has always been a part of my wardrobe! I wore this baby to the Emerald City Comic Con and got tons of comments, including a seal of approval from Edward James Olmos… no joke So, thank you thank you thank you!”
Abraham Lincoln shirt: “…the only down-side has been that the Lincoln print reminded me of a song that got stuck in my head. Since I’ve been wearing the shirt for three days straight now, “Washington and Lincoln” from the Savage Sounds of Woot!”
Atonal Apocalypse T-shirt: “An absolutely stunning print! This t-shirt is wearable art! I am so VERY happy!” And “The shirt is beautifully designed – much better than anything I’d buy in a store.”
Abraham Lincoln Tie: “This tie wins wars. And ships fast.”
Yes it does.
As an artist, trees are one of my favorite subjects because they can be twisted and shaped in any way I can imagine (see the Tangled Forest shirt). Peter Cook uses his creativity in the physical world to shape trees into chairs, people, tables and more. Here’s my favorite, a living chair:
What’s a Shulberry? No, it’s not edible, but instead is a one-of-a-kind instrument featured on our “Instrumental Oddities T-shirt”. It’s so unique, in fact, that it was created for the band Gentle Giant specifically to play a single chord at certain points in the song “Playing the Game” while on tour. That’s right, one chord, one song, one band. The creator, Dave Zammit, recalls being asked to make an instrument with three strings tuned to the same notes as the marimba parts on the album so the band wouldn’t have as much to lug around on tour.