listen to this t-shirt

20Jul13

I love the English that ends up on t-shirts in Japan, though for a long time I’ve stopped keeping my eye out for it because English-language t-shirts are so ubiquitous that trying to remember to actually read them is a bit like trying to remember to taste the air when you breathe.  Recently I’ve been compiling a list of my favorite findings.  Many of these shirts are clearly made strictly for the Japanese market, but others are quite possibly shirts that were originally sold in the US, the UK, or other large English-speaking markets, but have somehow ended up being sold in Japan.  Many of these shirts are shirts that wouldn’t be out of place at all if they were being worn for their ironic, hipster quality in Williamsburg, but here in Japan the beautiful strangeness of the English on them stands out as exceptional, in much the same way that a urinal put on display in the New York Museum of Modern Art might.

Dancing is the only pure art form!

Kiss me I’m Irish

Don’t worry BE STUPID

Indispensible — ‘Wheel’ is the symbol of ‘oneness’

Daring Product of Fantasy

Confront Relax Beach

I HATE French Kissing

Act of Courage – The Bravest of the Brave

Alphasophy Department Athl.

The Focus is on Fun — Party Animal

PIEC
EOFP
EACE

Don’t Rain on My Parade

The Thing Which Was Hit on Was Written Here

Rhode Island of Symphony

The Wailing Flags — K

The era we are living in today is a dream come true.

Not 4 Under 18

Fashion Revival INDEED – The Dream World is IN DREAMS

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3 Responses to “listen to this t-shirt”

  1. 2 Ginger

    The Thing Which Was Hit on Was Written Here

    This is the one that makes me think. I want this shirt.

    • 3 Trane DeVore

      Ginger — The “The Thing Which Was Hit on Was Written Here” shirt was actually fabulously self referential. The image consisted of a pen writing (in cursive) the words that I copied down. There was more as well, but I could only stare for so long. Basically the idea of the image of a pen writing “The Thing Which Was Hit on Was Written Here” is the thing that was hit on. My mind goes in circles.


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