November 15, 2006

The T-shirt mix

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at November 15, 2006 5:04 PM

An increasing fraction of t-shirts in my wardrobe were acquired at rock concerts, and I often get asked about them since the bands aren't typically household names. This is good, but I feel lame just saying "It's a band" or even something more specific like "It's a British synth-rock band". What I'd really like to do is somehow convey knowledge of what the band in question really sounds like, and why I like them.

I am tempted to burn a "Guide To Travis's T-shirts" mix CD with all the relevant bands represented, which I can offer to people if they're interested. In practice I won't have a copy of the CD at hand in many instances, but it would work at least some of the time. Counterargument: many people don't care that much, they just want to know what the damn shirt means.

Tags: Music

Having shirts that make people ask about them is definitely a good thing.

Occasionally, I even get comments about my shirts from people I don't know, so while there can be a downside (sometimes it's because they're angered by the contents), I think the upside is much higher. If one wears certain shirts (like one with an FSM or the stuff that Tim gets), a fellow disciple may well bring that up with you. (I was asked at my conference in Cambridge why I was wearing an FSM shirt, although it was an American who asked me, so it wasn't as cool as it might have been.) Certain other ones that I have ("Thank God I'm an Atheist", "Windows for Solitaire", and few others) consistently get more comments than the rest of my collection.

As for giving a CD as part of your answer, it would be weird if you kept them with you and handed somebody a CD after they asked you about your shirt. Of course, you could indicate that you've made the CD for those who actually are interested and then you can give it to them later.

Posted by: Mason | November 15, 2006 6:54 PM

I consistently receive positive remarks about my "I can integrate over all space without messing up my eyeliner" t-shirt. Which is getting kinda worn.

Posted by: Wren | November 15, 2006 8:49 PM

Burn the CD and bring it home for Thanksgiving. I think it might be helpful, especially with the grandparents.

Posted by: JSpur | November 15, 2006 9:20 PM

An mp3 edition would fit on a business card cdrom, I bet.

Posted by: Lemming | November 16, 2006 12:20 AM

JSpur: I'm not sure the grandparents would get past reading the tracklist, with band names like "The New Pornographers".

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | November 16, 2006 12:28 AM

That could be a bonus track.

Posted by: Mason | November 16, 2006 12:54 AM

AG: Maybe they're just tired of the Old Pornographers, and could use a change...

Posted by: Josh | November 16, 2006 1:07 AM
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