Even when you’re not speaking, you still have the ability to communicate with those around you by wearing your words. The next time you walk down the street, keep count of how many individuals pass you wearing t-shirts decorated with a killer word, witty phrase, or memorable quote.
I am all for expression, however, I am craving unique thought when it comes to the worded shirt (note: please stop buying “Everyone loves a (insert nationality here) girl” shirt-they are so tired). So instead of wearing the shirt that everyone and their mother is wearing (yes, you might be wearing a shirt your mom wears), go create one and really express yourself. Why not find an obscure quote from your favorite movie. Or maybe you’re such a wordsmith that you have a book of your own quotes that you’d like to share. Either way, I strongly suggest that you visit websites like spreadshirt or choiceshirts, and let your words emerge on a blank canvas. Keep in mind that you’ll be sharing these thoughts with anyone that passes you on the street, so refrain from statements like “I don’t shower” or “I don’t like you” (pretty much anything that’s negative or that confirms that you don’t have good hygiene).
I’m considering creating a few t-shirts with a favorite word on the front and definition on the back. Actually, Merriam-Webster should really promote their dictionaries by handing out t-shirts with a different definition from every word in the dictionary (although, when have dictionaries ever needed promotion).
If you can’t conceive your own shirt and the creative bug has yet to bite the right side of your brain, then seek out some great t-shirts with expressions about politics, the environment, music, media, life, sports, your hometown, etc. I recommend checking out the threadless site to get some great shirts.
A few of my favorites on threadless:
- “Being vague is almost as fun as doing this other thing.”
So who knew that Hester Prynne’s scarlett letter shirt would turn out to be the cool thing to wear. In that case, punishment has turned into personal expression, so go ahead and wear any word you’d like (insert sound of national anthem here). This holiday weekend, express your freedom of speech and of worded shirt and wear your thoughts on your chest.
image courtesy of quartermane