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.)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

T-shirt #44: What happens when a T-shirt dies?

T-shirt #44 - The Death of the Vess T-shirt

What happens when a T-shirt dies?

How does it know it's dead?

What qualifies as "death" for a T-shirt?

Dust rag.

This T-shirt is now a dust rag.

T-shirts actually make quite effective and nicely sized rags for dusting and other related cleaning tasks after they are too worn out, threadbare, and old, no longer suitable for wearing even as a work shirt or as PJs.

Were you expecting something a bit more phantasmagoric about death and T-shirts? Something existential? Something related to Quantum Physics? Maybe next time. I have a pile of rag T-shirts waiting to be photo-documented.

This T-shirt had originally featured the Charles Vess creation Book of Ballads and Sagas.I am not sure if the shirt was always a faded misprint or if its design meant to replicate some kind of ethereal image that fades in and other of our material world. I cannot find confirmation for the shirt's design online. The one image I did find is much darker and in different colors than mine ever was, so I am not sure if the image I included here is the original T-shirt image or not.

I quite admire Charles Vess and his art, which may be found in collaboration with Neil Gaiman (Stardust, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Sandman) and his own creation, the Book of Ballads and Sagas.

That's all for today, dear readers. I am off to a faculty meeting in Lansing (yes, on a Saturday!). So, today's entry is short. However, expect a DOUBLE-sized, monster entry tomorrow (though no actual monsters will be featured) that fills in that secret gap in my T-shirt collection, a beloved popular culture icon not yet featured. Any guesses? (HINT: I have already featured FOUR shirts for its main competitor.) It's also worth noting that this is the first blog entry that I started the day before the posting day. I knew I would not have an abundance of time this morning.

- chris tower - 1305.04 - 7:16