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30 August 2015

Graphic Tees: Do or Don't?




I'm not generally a graphic tee fan. I tend to think that I'd have to really believe in something in order to wear it on a t-shirt, and most graphic tees don't do a good job of inspiring my belief.

There are two traditional exceptions to my general dislike of graphic tees:

1) Any Superman logo tee. I love the Superman logo. I felt a special connection to it because my maiden name started with an S and Superman himself is just all around cool. I don't currently own a Superman tee, but I have owned several in the past, and I loved them.

2) The Pac-Man t-shirt I won three years ago at an arcade in Minnesota. This has much less to do with Pac-Man and much more to do with the t-shirt's origin story. I'm not a video-gamer nor am I a fan of any computer games. I don't actually have any fond feelings toward Pac-Man. However, I'd wanted to visit Mall of America for years, ever since I first heard that it existed. We went on a road trip to Minneapolis, and then, in Mall of America, we stopped at an arcade, and I just happened to hit the jackpot while playing Wheel of Fortune, winning 1,400 tickets in a single go, and becoming the star of the arcade as everyone gathered around to watch the tickets come out of the machine. 1,400 tickets ended up being plenty enough to buy a t-shirt at the arcade's store, so I chose this tee, and it's gone on many adventures with me ever since, though I've never hit a jackpot quite that big at any other arcade.

There are a few other graphic tees I've always wanted. A fellow Mandarin major in college had a t-shirt that read: 白人看不懂
Translation: "White people can't read this." I thought it was hilarious.

And Chad from High School Musical wore a shirt that said "I come with my own background music," an expression that I've always thought was very fitting for my personality and usual state of mind. I'd also strongly consider a Gilligan's Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Once Upon a Time tee.

So, maybe I'm not as anti-graphic tees as I always thought I was. I just need to meet the right one before I fall in love. ;)

How do you feel about graphic tees in general? What's your favorite one, whether it exists or doesn't exist (I have a feeling that Gilligan's Island fan t-shirts only exist in my mind)?

Selamat Hari Merdeka!!
Kristin said...

I've been wearing a graphic tee of Scott's lately. He bought it in Europe because he needed a shirt to wear to the gym and it's so soft, but I have no idea what the logo means....

Martha Woods said...

I'm with you--if it's the right graphic tee, I'll wear it. But there are so few I really love! And I'm kind of opposed to wearing brand logos. I'm not going to pay for the privilege of being a walking advertisement for your brand. :P There has to be a message or a personal connection to whatever is on the shirt!

Suzanne Carillo said...

What a great story for that tee : ) And a funny one about "White people can't read this." If we were to say something like here it would be considered racist, but there it is accepted.

Personally I love graphic tees and can often be found wearing them around the house with cut off jeans or jeans. My husband travels often for work and often brings home t-shirts from the places he visits as gifts for me.

bisous
Suzanne

Shybiker said...

I feel the exact same way. I love those with whom I have a personal relationship (e.g., the image speaks to me; I visited a place) and don't wear others. The Mandarin one is hilarious.

Bekah Walsh said...

I'm with you, I only like them under certain conditions. I'd love a little mermaid one, and of course, if I won it...then it's cool.

Julia said...

Love graphic tees if I have a special connection or they have a special meaning to me! I have several that bring back good memories or have my favorite sports team's logo.

Keit said...

Oh gosh I love your adorable dimples! You are so cute when you are smiling like that, I want to squeeze you!
The pac man tee is super neat, I love hearing about the sentiments behind a piece of clothing, it brings life to any item!
As for graphic tees, I'm a huge fan of them, but most graphic tees are so horrible! They have quotes from Beyonce songs or something even more idiotic like my "favorite" one with the married couple and the saying Game Over, so originaaaaaaal!
I prefer to stamp my own t-shirts, thank you very much! Ugh!

Aishwarya Shenolikar said...

Graphic tees are awesome! I love those. Yours is super cool! :)

Kari said...

I agree that I really have to believe in the graphic tee or it has to have a special meaning. I just bought one for my nephew's Star Wars themed birthday party, but only because it will make a great shirt to lounge around in. I can't believe you hit the jackpot at the arcade! That is an awesome memory to preserve in t-shirt form:)

Tori said...

I'm a fan of graphic tees, personally. I probably wear them 4 or 5 days out of the week. But yeah, I only wear them if they have some sort of meaning or connection to me. Didn't really have any until I discovered TeeFury. About half of the ones I have are from various Hayao Miyazaki movies and the rest are either Disney movies or cult classics :P

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

bahaha YES please get the shirt that says 'white people can't read this' that is utterly hilarious! i don't usually do too many graphic tees but i'd make an exception almost anything harry potter related!

Andi said...

I say it's a DO because it is a great way to show your personality and bring in other colors than the main t-shirt color, love the pop of turquoise!

Charlene Maugeri said...

I love that t-shirt! And I generally like most graphic t's but as I've gotten older, my collection has dwindled. I have a Marvel Avengers t-shirt. But the picture is from the comic books, mind you! Not the Disney Marvel Universe movies. I also have a couple Georgia Bulldog t-shirts and you can see me wearing them EVERY weekend during foorball season. I also have a few Broadway show t-shirts: Mary Poppins and Wicked.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That is an awesome Pac-Man tee story! I only have a couple of graphic tees, and one of them is Doctor Who :)

Laura Malone said...

I'm with you, I'm usually against graphic tees, unless I absolutely love what they say! I have friends though who ONLY wear graphic tees, so I guess it's just how you feel about them.

I love that pac man one though :)

Erin S said...

I love the story behind your Pac-Man tee and how you made it your style with the bow belt!! You are definitely rocking that tee, I just can't pull it off - I feel like a kid in an mom body when I try to!

Kristin C said...

I used to be addicted to graphic tees: anything with Yoshi, pandas, or Phineas and Ferb ;)

Becky @ Disney in your Day said...

I really like them. I'm a huge Disney fan and there are so many great Disney tees out there. There are lots of clever ones now on the internet that I really like!

Natalie Hagen said...

In high school, I used to wear graphic tees all the time, but lately I only wear them to sleep in or do housework in. So even now they are useful!

YaYa R said...

I love graphic tees. I am starting a new lifestyle brand and actually got the idea by thinking of some really cool graphic tees i wanted to create

www.randomlyyaya.com

Adriana Renee said...

I love graphic tees more than I like to admit. Love the Pac-Man tee!

Farrah said...

That's awesome that you won that shirt from an arcade game! :P I rarely ever luck out on those, hehe. (Although once upon a time, someone left $1 in the crane game and I won a stuffed animal!)

hahaha, I've definitely seen the "白人看不懂" shirt on several of my friends (one of em' is actually white, but can in fact read it, so it's especially awesome on him)! :P I'm a pretty big fan of graphic tees, although I have less and less places that I get to wear em' these days!

Birdhouse Books said...

That is a fun t-shirt! I like graphic tees if they are fun and retro. I have one that has the Twister game logo on it.

angelina said...

I really like how you styled your Pac-Man shirt, it's somehow still cute and a little girly! I like graphic tees in general, though I feel like they limit the amount of times and ways you can wear them.

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Elizabeth Roy said...

Hah, I NEED that awesome shirt your friend had with the clever Mandarin phrase. I took Hindi in college, so maybe I should look out for a shirt that says something similar in Hindi. So funny. Your Pac-Man shirt is adorable! The back story makes it even more special. :)

- Liz @ Downtown Demure

Amanda Parker said...

I love graphic tees. I used to be obsessed with Married to the Mob's tees, but have outgrown them recently. I love tees with uplifting, positive sayings or a good superhero tee (my faves being Thor and Wonder Woman).

Xoxo,
Amanda
Trulyyoursa.com

Angie Scheie said...

I'm 50/50 on them. I Love the idea of them and graphic tees in general, but like you I feel like I have to believe in them to wear it. Like it represents me, and how can I do that in a Tee? I think if I can pair it the right way in an outfit then I'll wear it, but that's harder to do sometimes than one would think! I love Superhero tees too by the way :).

Jen said...

I have like 3 graphic tees that I wear. When I used to work in corporate america I would wear them with pencil skirts all the time to funk up my outfits a bit! :)

Bethany Carson said...

Neat how you got your Pac-Man shirt! I'm not much into tees in general. I do have one sweatshirt I like with "Carson University" written on it. It was one of those things where you can order a shirt with your last name...and my grandparents bought my whole family Carson sweatshirts. Plus I have a Ron Paul t-shirt I was given at the Ames Straw Poll last time around, and a chess-themed tee that I was given at the Susan Polgar Girls Invitational...and that just about does it for me as far as graphics/writing go on any of my clothes. :)

Tiffany said...

I agree with you....graphic tees are only appropriate for me when they're really funny or make a bold statement. The shirt is cute :)