By Tkingdoll (aka Teek)
I am a big fan of the humble t-shirt, owning around 40 girly-shaped tees with designs ranging from Bruce Lee to Blythe dolls, and fromÃ‚Â Zappa to Pokemon. I love them because they say Ã¢â‚¬Å“Look at me! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quirky and into cool/obscure/eccentric stuff and if you like the same things then you will automatically warm to me!Ã¢â‚¬Â Hey, at least IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m honest. In fact, some folk say IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m too honest, and wear my heart on my sleeve.
They are wrong. I wear it on my chest.
You know what bugs me though? Girls who wear geeky t-shirts to impress guys with stuff theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not really into. I once got talking to a girl in a club who was wearing a very cute Spider-man t-shirt.
ME: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hey, nice shirt!Ã¢â‚¬Â
SHE: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, thanksÃ¢â‚¬Â
ME: Ã¢â‚¬Å“So, have you read any of Brian BendisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ultimate Spider-man stuff? How about that neat twist on the Venom storyline eh?Ã¢â‚¬Â
SHE: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Uh, I just got this cause my boyfriend likes it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve noticed a recent upsurge in geek culture and skeptic t-shirts, which can only be a good thing. From a marketing perspective, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great way of advertising critical thinking and inviting people to engage you in debate. There is a potential down side, I suppose, in that some nut job might want to engage you in debate with the sharp end of their woo stick, but the risk is worth taking in my opinion. Skepticism needs to get cool, and fast, and t-shirts have been one of the best ways of penetrating popular culture since the 1970s. The rise in skeptic shops shows that people are not just coming out of the woodwork as skeptics, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beginning to cross over into the mainstream.
And who knows? Perhaps one day, skepticism will be so popular, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get talking to a guy in a club who is wearing an ‘IÃ‚Â Get Randi’ t-shirt and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll tell me he wears it cause it impresses all the chicks :D
Some cool online Skeptic t-shirt shops: