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, February 10, 2014
There's my blurry image in the above photo. Another TPTA Corporate Olympics shirt to go with the entries for T-shirt #307, T-shirt #309, and T-shirt #318.
I was told by a dear reader and a dear friend to focus on brevity.
In the two photos below, you will see the shirt I am actually wearing today. Originally shared this shirt in T-shirt #27: The Iron Fist. It's funny because I originally posted these pictures on yesterday's blog entry, which, as of this writing, is still unfinished, and so I decided to move these pictures today's blog entry.
We don't say "I wish they made that" or "I wish you could get that kind of thing" so much any more.
This is what I think about when I don the Iron Fist shirt. Back in the 1970s, I would have killed for this shirt. Okay, maybe not literally killed, but I would have loved to have a shirt with the Iron Fist logo on it.
In part, this whole thing with T-shirts may be a way to make up for all those times I said "I wish they made a shirt with the Iron Fist logo" or "I wish they made a shirt that was a kind of replica of the Star Trek uniform" or as I may reveal some day soon "I wish they made a shirt for the Partridge Family."
Occasionally, I still say that sentence. For instance, recently I went searching for a shirt dedicated to Jim Starlin's Adam Warlock from Marvel Comics. There are some shirts with Adam Warlock on them, but none that are specifically JUST Adam Warlock, let alone a cover from one of the great 1970s Starlin comics. I have a Jim Starlin category (check it out). Before I am done with the blog for the year I have to find some way to write about Adam Warlock as he is #5 from my list from T-shirt #322. I will include the Adam Warlock art I have been holding on to. I also need to edit those lists to make clear that I mean ADAM WARLOCK not Warlock from the New Mutants.
I am thinking about revising my entry for Iron Fist.
Is this cheating?
I have more to share about Iron Fist and rather than stick that in a new entry, I might rather revise.
In any case these are more dynamic pictures than the original.
HIATUS TEXT: I am taking a short hiatus. A "hiatus" for the 365 T-shirts Blog does not mean that there will not be shirts or that I will skip posting on any forthcoming day. There will be shirts. But the shirts will not be exciting or the featured shirts will not require me to write a small novel to properly generate the content I feel is sufficient. I created a category for my hiatus so as to group together those "easy" shirts that I consider to be "hiatus shirts." The goal of the hiatus is to fill in many blog days with easy shirts in order to complete longer love letters to beloved popular culture icons on more special shirts and to write more complex entries AHEAD OF TIME. The daily grind is becoming too much and causing me to fall behind and to be forced to post incomplete entries. I am hoping that a series of hiatus shirts will allow me to catch up, get ahead, and stay ahead. Ideally, I would like to be writing the bulk of each entry three days ahead while always working on at least one other. I have a lot of great shirts to share before the end of my blog year (after all I was just given SIXTEEN shirts for my birthday). Stay tuned. I promise to post the more interesting and longer T-shirt entries as I finish them. Thanks for reading. BTW, this is the standard HIATUS TEXT that I will include in every "hiatus shirt" entry.
Just for fun here's a few pictures of other shirts I have worn in the last week. Enjoy the look back. :-)
ADAM WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN
- chris tower - 1402.10 - 19:19