365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

T-shirt #19: Love & Rockets: My new favorite shirt

T-shirt #19: Love & Rockets: My new favorite shirt

I love this shirt.

It's my new favorite shirt of the year.

One thing you should know: I am not always wearing the shirt on the day I post it to the blog. I try to match as much as possible, but due to laundry schedules and the vagaries of life and existence, I am not always wearing the shirt of the day.

Another thing you should know: I am not always wearing the shirt because I am the ultimate (or even penultimate) fan of the comic, TV show, movie, band, or whatnot on the shirt. In this case, I definitely love the shirt more than I love the comic. I LIKE the comic, but I am not agog at the thought of the comic. But I LOVE the shirt. The shirt embodies what I liked best about the famous comic by Los Bros Hernandez.

What is it, you ask?

It's a comic book. NOT the band consisting of former Bauhaus members. I know this can be confusing because the T-shirt features the image from Love and Rockets #24 with the characters rockin' out.

Who are the Hernandez brothers?

Best known for the comic book Love and Rockets, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have become paragons of the alternative comics revolution that started in the 1980s.

Though I like Gilbert's art and stories, I do LOVE Jaime's art and stories. This shirt captures an image from the first arc of L&R stories collected in volume one. I was also very excited when Jaime did the art work for the Indigo Girls' album All That We Let In, which is one of their best and tied for my all time favorite.

I could write expnasively, go on and on about alternative comics, Los Bros Hernandez, what I love about Jaime's art and stories, and other related topics (like Fantagraphics, the company that published L&R). but today is a short entry. Hey, they cannot all be long.

Final thought: doesn't this image/shirt just ROCK HARD?

I think it does.

- chris tower 1304.09
photo courtesy of Liesel MK Tower