Some people believe you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I believe you can tell more about a person by the t-shirts they have worn. This is the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I have worn.
Originally posted as T-Shirt of the Week: WEEK 6 (July 15, 2007)
There are literally hundreds of t-shirts in the collection—some were bought, some received as presents, others were found or freebies, and a few were borrowed/stolen. And then there were the shirts that were “earned.” These are the shirts I got from doing things like volunteering at some event, and while most of these have no great autobiographical value, this particular shirt is the exception.
This is the most recent addition to the BadAzz MoFo T-Shirt Museum, as I just got it last week (on July 8th ). I got this shirt, along with one other and a sweatshirt, by volunteering to be a camp counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp for kids. As you can tell, it is hard to read, but it says, “Around the World in 6 Days. 2007 MDA Summer Camp.” You may also notice the simple line rendering of the graphic is not that bold or exciting (it is a hot air balloon, surrounded by flags, going over a mountain, in case you can’t tell). The shirt is also a 50/50 cotton polyester blend, which I usually reserve for only wearing around the house because they don’t feel as good as 100% cotton, and I don’t like the way they look on me. But I still love this shirt, and plan on wearing it a lot. It will make a good workout shirt, especially because the light green color will show off sweat really well. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like to wear clothes that show off the sweat when I’m working out. It makes me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something. Fortunately for me, I can work up a sweat just staring at exercise equipment.
It is rare that I can look at a shirt and know that it will have lasting autobiographical value, but this MDA Summer Camp shirt has come along during what is turning out to be a key transitional time in my life. It means more to me than a lot of other shirts because it represents more than many others.