Category Archives: Slogans

Cotton Candy From The Reel World: Watch A Supercut Of The Best T-Shirts In Film History

Embedded above: a visual history of the greatest prop t-shirts — and the occasional tank, polo, and sweatshirt — from film! A full list of every tee, film, and year of release is included below after the jump. What’d we miss? Post your thoughts, complaints, and critiques in the comments!

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Fuck the Draft T-Shirt

FASHION POLICE: T-Shirts That Ran Afoul Of US Law

As you probably already knew, t-shirts are more than just a piece of cotton apparel; they define our style, life choices and opinions. And such opinions can sometimes get in you in trouble with the law, especially if you have them printed at the front side of your t-shirt. So right now we’ll bring you a few t-shirts that had their run-ins with the law.

And as usual, it’s not just a plain “Bullshit t-shirt” that will get you into trouble, there has to be an underlying message to it, as you can see in the few of the given examples.

F–k the Draft

If you disrespect the law in its own house, you’re bound to get up to your neck in trouble, which is basically what happened to a 19-year-old Paul Robert Cohen who wore a t-shirt with the words “F—k the Draft” inside the Los Angeles Courthouse. He got convicted of “maliciously and willfully disturbing the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person by offensive conduct.

Fuck the Draft T-Shirt

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Stephen King Rules The Airwaves At MTV…

Sean Collins — music journo, comic book professional, and t-shirt curator — weighs in on the newest episode of Game Of Thrones for the Music Television network AND he does so in our Stephen King Rules t-shirt (video embedded below).

LIKE A BOSS.

We previously interviewed Mr. Collins in 2010. Read it here.

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15 T-Shirts From Vietnam


I’m generally loathe to drag my personal life into this space, but yours truly had the good fortune to holiday in beautiful Vietnam last month and I return with stories to share and advice to dispense. Obvious highlights included the exotic street food (both yummers and inexpensive), the beaches (absolutely stunning), the historic and cultural attractions (sobering but shot through with a potent optimism), and the moto-madness that gives pulse (and soundtrack) to the country’s largest cities, Saigon and Hanoi, but naturally enough, I also mixed in a bit of t-spotting on my travels.

From humble tourist tees to curious, lost-in-translation slogans to bootlegged street gear, I’ve compiled 15 of my finds below (in no particular order, mind you). Some are directly topical, others a bit less so…

1. If any one t-shirt dials in the manic quality of life on Pham Ngu Lao, the hub of Saigon’s backpacker district, this is it.

Just Say No

2. Purchased by the author as a keepsake. Total price: $80,000 dong (VND), or roughly $4 (USD).

''Speak politely to an enraged dragon.'' -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Detailed closeup:

Keep the dragon close to your heart.

3. BURN!

Death Before Disco

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Aging T-Shirts In Six Easy Steps: Bleach (Part 3)

Do not ingest.

Materials: Liquid bleach, 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket(s), Measuring Cup(s), Latex Gloves, Safety Googles.

Method: 1. Mix 3 gallons of warm water with 3 cups of liquid bleach (at 384 and 24 fluid ounces, respectively, this equates to a 16-1 ratio). Stir vigorously.

2. Add shirts to solution and stir frequently for the first 5 minutes. Monitor your tees for color loss and continue to stir at 5-minute intervals (at a minimum).

3. Pull and rinse thoroughly at or between the 30 or 45-minute mark. Machine wash warm and line dry.

Results & Conclusions: Bleach is highly effective at dulling bright colors and cotton fibers, but less so with darks. It also works almost immediately; we saw visible fading on the OCP and Gorillas tops by the 4 minute mark (see pics below). Note, however, the splotchy discoloration of the former along the waist hem; even with vigilant stirring, the application was uneven and unpredictable. Interestingly, the nylon threads showed a resistance to the bleach and retained their original color. Lastly, the bleach had little or no effect on the prints themselves, both of which feature tough, durable plastisol inks that sit on top of the cotton fibers.

Sample #1:

Dead or alive, you're coming with me.


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How to Age T-Shirts In 6 Easy Steps: Introduction (Part 1)

Tools of the trade.

The transition from stiff, new tee to soft, threadbare keepsake is an uncomfortable and lengthy drag… but your friends at Found Item Clothing are here to help! How you ask? By way of our super secret time machine advanced scientific processes, naturally. Let us introduce, then, the very first installment of a new project, Aging Tee Shirts The Found Item Way, that will explore these, and related issues, methodically, but also with a crafty, DIY sensibility.

From left to right: brand new, stressed lightly, stressed heavily, stressed by everyday wear.

Along these lines, we’ve subjected our esteemed tees, both the actual garments and the screen prints that adorn them, to a series of rigorous field tests, each experiment conceived to challenge (or confirm) the conventional wisdom and bring a degree of needed clarity to the subject matter (which as it stands right now, is scattered willy nilly amongst various sites on the Infotainment Super Highway). In the chapters to come, we’ll present our initial findings to you in the form of a comprehensive guide to what works — and, conversely, what doesn’t — when aging t-shirts.

Let us make three additional points:

1. Readers are encouraged to follow along at home. All of the materials used here are readily available off the shelf at your local supermarket.

2. Your results may vary; always exercise caution and safety around chemicals.

3. Finally, this is an open-ended project and we’ll brainstorm new stress tests in the future. Likewise, if you have any suggestions, tips, or recommendations — complaints, too — that might contribute to our scholarship, hit us up: travis [at] founditemclothing.com.

Next: Acetone!

What Are You Looking At Dicknose

“Have You Seen A Five-Year-Old Boy, Blond Hair And He’s Wearing A T-Shirt That Says ‘Bullshit’ On It?”

Late in March, we were filling an order for our Bull Shit tee. No big deal, right? Normally, yes, but this was no ordinary purchase, because attached to the order was a note added by the customer:

This shirt is for the kid from the movie The Jerk! He’s grown up and turning 40. 🙂

Our curiosity naturally piqued, we fired back a response which led to a second exchange, and ultimately, an interview with Jon Leichter, the actor who played Billy in the film, and the recipient of said gift. Mr. Leichter was kind enough to wax eloquently on The Jerk and his memories thereof…

It Goes to 11: So the obvious question here — what do you think of our Bull Shit tee? Is it a fair approximation of the original? Any idea where the one you wore came from and how it ended up in The Jerk?

The original (left), side by side with our take (right).

Jon Leichter: I received the replica Bull Shit tee as a 40th birthday gift, and I was thrilled! For years, anyone who has known that I was in that scene in The Jerk has asked me if I got to keep the shirt (which I didn’t). The original shirt was allocated (and taken back) by the wardrobe department. I have no idea what they ever did with it. Too bad my mother didn’t request to keep it!

(Editor’s note: one imagines that it would be a tight fit at this point in time…)

It Goes to 11: Tell us a bit about how you were cast as Billy in The Jerk. How old were you at the time of filming?

Jon Leichter: I was born and grew up in Hollywood. You know how people always say to parents that their kids should be in movies? My parents took it literally.

At age 7, my father (who was in the music business) found an agent to represent me. I started going on auditions and booking gigs. I had a certain 70’s look that casting directors seemed to like. I did about 4 commercials before I got cast in The Jerk. I continued working until about age 9. My agent ended up leaving the business, and at the time I was too young to understand the implications and whether or not I cared to continue.

It Goes to 11: What can you remember of the carnival train shoot?

Jon Leichter: I remember several details of the train shoot quite well. The scene was filmed in a section of Griffith Park (in Hollywood). The specific area was called Travel Town. The train ride already existed as part of the park. I got to drive the train myself. There was a lever that controlled the speed and direction of the train. The more one pushed the lever forward, the faster the train went. One would put the lever into neutral for the acceleration to stop. Pulling back on the lever caused the train to go in reverse. There were no brakes, but there was an emergency brake, which I never used. I didn’t have to steer since the train was on a track. We filmed my scene in one day, and it was a blast!

It Goes to 11: There’s a look of pure glee on your face as the train rounds the track and Navin chases from behind. Was that improvised?
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