After years of wearing band t-shirts all the time, I decided to make a wardrobe change earlier this year.
I still wear my Sparta, Grade, Slowride, Josh Rouse, No Motiv and face to face shirts but I felt that I should try out other kinds of shirts. So, after a few trips to Ross and Kohl's, I've found some new designs that fit my personality: button-down shirts with pseudo-Hawaiian and other offbeat designs.
When I say "pseudo-Hawaiian," I mean a design pattern that doesn't stick out in a tacky way. I don't like 'hot' colors so I'm a little choosy on that end. With designs, less is more with me. I'd rather have a black shirt with two black widows crawling up cobwebs than a hot red shirt with fifty Cadillacs and surfboards. A particular design I'd love to find is one with a couple of flames, bowling balls and bowling pins. I'm on the hunt . . .
I can't pinpoint one person to my inspiration for such shirts. I could say my landlord Jayson, my old roommate Chad, James Hetfield in the Some Kind of Monster documentary or almost all of the surfers interviewed in Riding Giants all had a part. I don't know, but I like wearing these more than t-shirts.
I don't know why a lot of band t-shirts these days only come in Large as the biggest size. Until I dropped 25 lbs, I couldn't wear a Large. Now that I can wear them, I don't wear them all the time. I'm not trying to cover up a gut or anything, but I need some room to breathe between my shirt and my skin.
The department stores will be crammed this weekend because of tax-free weekend. I better hop to it to find that bowling shirt . . .