GoTees: Write Your Goal On Your Sleeve

Keep that goal of yours close to you and write it on your sleeve. Literally, write it on your sleeve. Don’t feel like ruining a perfectly good T-Shirt? Try a GoTee Shirt from Betabrand. Once you receive your T-Shirt all you need is a goal in mind and a sharpie.

“The GoTee is more than a rugged crew shirt. It’s an entertaining excuse for you to accomplish something — anything. Like climbing a mountain. Or eating a mountain of Rocky Mountain oysters. Or painting a porpoise portrait. Or perhaps teaching a porpoise to paint portraits.”

GoTees are available now from Betabrand for $29. Sharpie not included.

Frank & Jan Does George Carlin’s Seven Words

Frank & Jan asks, “In this day and age, are George Carlin’s seven words really that offensive anymore?”

Nah, not really.

Unless of course you’re one of those super conservative people. Or, one of those with “morals.” And to that I’d have to, LOL. Laugh. Out. Loud. And then I’d repeat the Seven Words in your face.

This limited run of Seven Words (aka the Shit Piss Fuck Cunt Cock Sucker Mother Fucker & Tits T-Shirt) is available now from Frank & Jan. Email info [at] frankandjan.com if you’re interested. Or you could pick it up from Underground HipHop for $23.97.

Since you’re here, check out these photos from Frank & Jan’s recent booth at The Agenda Show that I copped from the Frank & Jan Facebook page (LIKE them up).

Homonyms: A Reel Waist of Thyme

I spotted this Homonyms T-Shirt over at Mental Floss (why don’t I subscribed to this magazine?) and thought it was uber witty. I then found the video below on YouTube and  now my view of homonyms will never be the same. I should note that if you’re at work, the video below is somewhat NSFW.

Did you know that there are actually two different types of homonyms? Yep:

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.

and

A homograph is a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have different meanings. When spoken, the meanings may be distinguished by different pronunciations (in which case the words are also heteronyms) or they may not (in which case the words are also both homophones and homonyms according to the definition of homonyms as words with the same writing and pronunciation; however, in a looser sense the term “homonym” may be applied to words with the same writing or pronunciation, in which case all homographs are also homonyms).

Anyhow, here’s an interesting venn diagram showing the relationships between homographs (yellow) and related linguistic concepts.

In any case, you can grab the very awesome Homonym T-Shirt from Mental Floss now for $17.97.

T-Shirt Gift Guide for the Typography Fiend

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

One of my favorite genre of T-Shirt is Typography tees. This genre of tees are often very simplistic and quite minimal, two design qualities that I really dig. Having said that, if you know someone that appreciates good type then one of these featured tees will probably be enough to wet their palate.

1. If I’m recommending type themed tees than I MUST recommend that you checkout out Ugmonk. This is definitely one of my favorite indie brands and am the satisfied owner of a handful of Ugmonk tees. And Then I Woke Up is a classic, but if you’re looking for something new then I’d recommend Better Than I Deserve or It’s About Time. Ugmonk, Price: $24.00 (Use code GIVEBACK at checkout for an extra 15% off your entire order).

2. Geez Louise, this is the newest tee on the Gift Guide. It’s an obvious play on the classic Snellen Eye Chart, but its infused with a lot of subtle Star Wars goodness. Perfect for the font enthusiast with a soft spot for Star Wars. This is Not The Eye Chart You’re Looking For by Threadless, $9.00.

3. You’ve got a New Yorker on your list, who, incidentally is a font snob? Well I’ve got the perfect shirt for you. Destination NYC by Random Objects, Price: $23.00.

4. The phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” is probably ingrained into the minds of every typface designer on planet Earth. The Quick Brown Fox by DADADA Studio, 19 Euro.

5. The black Hello T-Shirt from Budy Carr Skateboards was one of my Favorite T-Shirts of 2009. In 2010, I bought the same T-Shirt in white. I love it so much. The tee runs a bit small so I’d recommend buying one size up. Hello by Buddy Carr Skateboards, Price: $22.00.

BONUS: I’d also recommend that you check out this list of 250 Beautiful Typography T-Shirts from our good friend Andy of Hide Your Arms.

You might also want to consider:

Helvetica is a film that I stumbled upon while perusing Netflix one night. It was such a great watch and quite the eye opener. You don’t realize how much Helvetica is integrated into our lives until you see this film. This is a guaranteed hit present for any Typography fiend. Helvetica [Blu-ray], $25.49.

As a bonus, you could also include the official Helvetica Film T-Shirt, which is available for $$20.00.

Wordboner: Typography With Personality

Well, not really risqué per se but Wordboner tees do have a bit more edge than your typical Threadless Typetees shirt. The shirts are a spinoff of the Wordboner site,  which they tout as typography with personality. I actually really like a bunch of their wordplay t-shirts (see below for a few of my favorites). They use direct-to-garment producers Spreadshirt so these tees are not screenprinted, that’s the only negative. The positive is that because they use Spreadshirt you’ll be able to choose from a variety of different T-Shirt styles and colorways. The Wordboner tees start at $14.99 for basic tees.

Wordboner

Wordboner

Wordboner

Wordboner

Say Hi To Hello

Hello is a collaboration between California based skateboarder Buddy Carr and New York based graphic designer Antonio Carusone.They worked to produce both a Skateboard and matching T-Shirt. I  care about the T-Shirt. I actually love this T-Shirt. I find it awesome that they included the all encompassing Hawaiian word, Aloha. The type is perfect. I ordered the black tee.

Hello. Its such an important word. They say first impressions mean a lot. A smile paired with a friendly hello often makes for a good first impression. You can buy the Hello T-Shirt by Buddy Carr and Antonio Carusone for $22. The deck is available for $160.

Hello

Hello

Hello Deck

FTW! What Does it Mean?

Young people talk in strange code, it’s always been like that and it always will be like that. Like doctors and lawyers and most other professionals, young people have their own brand of lingo. The lingo may change from generation to generation, but nonetheless, the lingo is ever present. 

Having said that, I’ve noticed a lot of people using a seemingly innoculous piece of strung together letters to go along with their online statements. If you’re a gamer, belong to an online community such as a forum, or are a member of one of the various social networks like Facebook or Twitter, then you may have noticed an influx in usage of a particular three letter acronym. FTW. Heard of it? I’ve been seeing and hearing (on podcasts) the use of FTW a lot as of late. The problem is, unlike other popular net acronyms like LOL (laughing out loud) or ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing), FTW is very cryptic. Nonetheless, it seems to be the hip term to be using nowadays in the ever vast InternetLAND. Here are some recent (as of this posting) examples that I found by doing a quick search on Twitter for the term FTW:

“Shakey’s Pizza FTW… even though my stomach doesn’t agree, ugh *gurgle*!”

“Joe Dirt FTW”

“”Dorkmeyer” = 1990′s slang. Yeah. THAT didn’t age at all. And Steve Sanders blackout drunk FTW!”

“First beer in about 6 months – Sapporo FTW.”

“I can’t say enough about Hamlet 2. I feel so inspired in the strangest way!@brandonpierce & I were LOL through 90% of it. Sexy Jesus FTW!

“Ugh, my roomate just ate all my food I had planned to eat for work and home for the next two days. Backup ramen FTW! :-(“

But what does it mean? When I was growing up, FTW meant “Fuck The World.” I’d see it written on walls, would hear it used as slang in school and occasionally would here it in popular culture. There have also been a few songs, titled FTW, in reference to “Fuck The World”, like the one found on The Vines album Winning Days. 

Turns out, that the above Tweets are not cries to “Fuck The World.” Instead, FTW, or the FTW used by this generation of Internet users means “For The Win!” A lot more pleasant sounding than the ill-fated sounding “Fuck The World,” but still, very cryptic. 

So that leads to me to usage. “For The Win”, ok, that’s all dandy, but how do you use it? None of the above tweets make any sense. Sapporo FTW! Sexy Jesus FTW! WHAT? HUH? 

It turns out that to understand its usage, one must historically understand the FTW term. FTW was initially heavily used by online multi-player game enthusiasts (i.e. World of Warcraft). It was often used during game chats or in forums. Here’s a few examples of how one would use FTW if they were a gamer:

“Oh yeah, baby, double mega hydro shock spitgun, FTW!

“polymorph, FTW!

“druid hurricane, FTW!

As you can see, the FTW presented in the above gaming examples are excitatory proclamations that a particular weapon (i.e. double mega hydro shock spitgun) or tool was useful in executing a winning maneuver. 

However, as we saw from the previous Twitter examples, FTW usage has moved beyond just exclaiming the virtues of a particular weapon. Instead, it is now used to exclaim the virtues of a particular idea, food, process or device that leads to a satisfying or excellent outcome.

Recently, a user on the Washington Capitals forum board (I’m not a member, I stumbled upon it while researching FTW!) went off on the term. He called for an all out ban of the term on the Capitals forum board:

“For the win”? What does that even mean? It seems to be used to imply that something is good, if I am interpreting the context correctly. But can’t one simply say that something is good? Why obfuscate with an acronym or a nonsensical phrase?

Back in my day, we would use the term “awesome” in a similar manner to this “FTW” nonsense– but at least “awesome” made a littlesense, even if it was rather hyperbolic to suggest, for instance, that Pac-Man actually inspired awe.Prior to all this, the only times I have heard the words “for the win” used came when watching sporting events. But, see, when a sports announcer says “for the win”– as in “Jordan, for the win…!”– the outcome has not been decided yet. The phrase does not reflect whether the outcome was good or bad. So how can one use this phrase to imply that something is good when the phrase itself does not imply anything?

So there you have it folks. You have now been educated on the virtues of FTW. Use it wisely and if you do use it beware of Washington Capitals fans. Definitions, FTW!

 

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