Yes, everyone, I have a t-shirt problem. And it might be getting out of control, heh.
It hit me earlier this week, when I got this new t-shirt in the mail – found it on Ript during the last day of GenCon, ordered it when I got home, and promptly took a picture of it upon its arrival. As I was neatly arranging my new t-shirt under Toothless, I thought of the many other t-shirts I owned, and thought it might be neat to pull them all out and see just how many awesomely nerdy t-shirts I had. And so I did.
And I realized I have a LOT of t-shirts. (So much so that I ended up taking a rather pathetic panorama shot of them all – notice how the Minions Have The Phone Box shirt kind of blends into the Rose t-shirt next to it, in the bottom middle row…) And not just ones off those t-shirt-a-day sites. I have a ridiculous pile of t-shirts I picked up from Hot Topic, when they started selling Sailor Moon t-shirts again. (My inner sixteen year old may have wanted to once again be able to wear a different Sailor Moon shirt every day for two weeks…) I have a fair amount of t-shirts I’ve picked up at conventions, like the four I bought within the first two hours of Gen Con. Those four shirts, and the delightful Nightfury t-shirt, made me stop and think – I might really have a t-shirt problem, heh.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s no problem with owning a ton of t-shirts, heh. It’s just a bit of a problem when you can’t actually wear them all that often. I can’t exactly show up to teach a workshop in my Grumpy Cat DM shirt, as amusing as that would be. When I work in the office, though, depending on what I’ve got going on that day… yeah, I’ll wear my Eolian t-shirt, or the Nyancat Dreams t-shirt (which is pretty darned adorable!) – they’re rather work friendly, at least more work friendly than my Monty Python Killer Rabbit shirt, heh.
My nerdy t-shirt collection is one of the things I take pride in – it’s a way I can openly express my fannishness for certain things while being subtle about it. I’ll end up finding people around the office who are fans of the same things I am that I never would have realized if they hadn’t commented on my shirt. Plus, they’re fun! Life would be boring without something to have fun with – and in my case, it’s t-shirts. And My Little Ponies. And painting minis. And doing ridiculous graphic design projects. And scooter riding. And… you get the point.
So maybe it’s not really a problem, my t-shirt collection. 🙂