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.)

Monday, May 27, 2013

T-shirt #67: Dead T-shirt #4: Madonna

T-shirt #67: Dead T-shirt #4: Madonna

Continuing my "dead" T-shirt theme and short posts to observe a "vacation" from the blog, here's today's shirt, another former pajama turned rag.

This shirt came from the defunct video rental business Movie City, where I worked from 1990-1995. It was a free shirt meant as a giveaway to promote the Madonna film Truth or Dare.

I disliked Madonna when she first burst onto the movie scene. I developed begrudging respect for her during the middle segment of her career, especially for her facility in manipulating opinion, making news, and generating sales through "phenomenon." Lately, I have engaged in arguments with my wife and step-daughter, playing devil's advocate to defend Madonna and her impact on the modern music industry. I did really like Ray of Light, which of course was produced by William Orbit, a favorite of mine.

- chris tower - 1305.27 - 9:03