T-Shirts with advertisements: do you wear them?

Irwin

Senior Member
Nearly all my t-shirts have some kind of advertisement on them, whether for a city, university, band, or... let me look at the one I'm wearing... for a restaurant: Red Planet Diner of Sedona, Arizona. I don't even know if I've ever been to that restaurant. I've been to Sedona a few times, but the restaurant doesn't ring a bell, so obviously, it was nothing special if I did go there.

Some of the t-shirts were gifts. Some are for cities. The only cities I can say that I love are NY and Paris, yet I wear shirts from San Diego, Seattle, and a few others. Why am I advertising for them? I went to the University of Colorado, yet I have t-shirts from other universities. I'm a frickin' walking billboard, for craps sake!

I can't bring myself to throw them out because I'm cheap and they're perfectly good t-shirts. My favorite t-shirts right now are plain, Champion brand t-shirts of various colors. They don't say anything. They don't make any statement whatsoever. They're just t-shirts that fit well and are just the right weight for the summer. I'd like to retire all my t-shirts with advertisements and just wear the solid colored ones.

What got me thinking about this was, I went to the grocery store this evening to get a prescription filled for my wife, and one of the workers there made a comment about my Red Planet Diner t-shirt. I didn't feel like talking to her about my frickin' t-shirt or anything for that matter. I just wanted to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. She was probably bored and just wanted to talk to someone. Who knows.
 

Murrmurr

Well-known Member
That was a fun read, Irwin.

Most of my t-shirts have sis-boom-bah's for California printed on them, 2 of which specify Sacramento, California. Oddly enough, I bought them up in a little mountain town called Magalia (Calif). But I guess that's why they were so cheap. I have a navy blue one that has a USN seal and says "Navy Grandpa" on it. A gift from my granddaughter.

I also have a few t-shirts from when I played baseball. I played till I was 45 and they still fit, and they're really well-made, but I don't like the colors much; green and the brightest gold ever made I'd wager, and the other's purple and white.

I only have 2 plain colored t-shirts; a sort of aqua-blue one and a black one. My "dress" t-shirts.
 

Paco Dennis

Senior Member
Location
Mid-Missouri
I haven't bought any clothes for 25 years, except underwear. The patron saint of our "church' (The Dentist) happens to be my size and has given me his hand-me-downs. 95% of his T-shirts have some "propagada" on them. A lot of benefit events, Jokes, and a ton of Carl Edwards stuff. :) I would wear probably about 150 dollar's worth of clothes to do our dirty farm chores.
 

Fyrefox

Token fox furry
In the past, t-shirts with advertisements seemed to be more common, and were even given away as incentives with a purchase or patronization. Now, places want to sell you one, and to some it’s trendy as a “look where I’ve been” kinda thing. In a sense, if you wear a Nike shirt or anything with a brand icon displayed you’re wearing an advertisement, and paying handsomely for the privilege...
 

moviequeen1

Well-known Member
Location
Buffalo,NY
I have 4 T-shirts all with sayings but not advertising any brands
1.'Just Another Day in Paradise' shows trees on a lake in VT or NH{can't remember which one}
2."Walkers Take It In Strides' with foot prints
3."All You Need Is Love' with dog paw print
4."Money Can Buy a Dog,but Not the Wag of Its Tail'
 

Manatee

Well-known Member
Location
Florida
Mine are mostly souvenirs from my travels of that of family. Right now I am wearing one from Savannah that has a sailing ship on it. This morning I wore one with the Panama RR on it. The grandkids bought me one in New Zealand. I have one that depicts an ocean liner that my father served on in the 1920s as a machinist. I have others that have pictures of sea turtles, manatees and bears. None are advertising. I can wear t-shirts just about every day in this climate.
 

Ruth n Jersey

Well-known Member
When we went across country to visit my daughter I decided not to buy any more tacky souvenirs to stand around but bought a T-shirt from national parks and some points of interest.
I also have some from casinos that were free, I wear them around the yard.
My daughter has given me a few cute ones and I purchased one from the college she attended.
 

Chris P Bacon

Senior Member
Location
Columbus Ohio
I’ve yet to see any T shirt, unless the tag had been cut off, that didn’t have the manufacturer’s name either embroidered onto the tag or printed on the fabric. To me, that counts as advertising. It’s like the logo embossed on a fast food restaurant napkin. The restaurant is still being advertised even if it ends up as litter. Same with T shirts that end up as dust cloths. FTL’s though work better than Hanes. Advertising is ubiquitous.
 

officerripley

Senior Member
Location
Porlock, Calif
No, no advertising t-shirts (unless you count my "Mythbusters Human Guinea Pig" shirt but since the show's no longer on--sob--), but I got a lot of message t-shirts; here, have some ennui ( 😄 ):

"I love to party and by party I mean read."
"Prove it!"
"March for Science, 4/22/17"
"Read the book, it's better!"
"Out of body; back in 5 minutes"
"Things I hate: 1) T-Shirts; 2) Lists; 3) Irony"
"It is what it is."
"What would Reacher do?"
"Bookworm"
One with pic of the Earth & "I'm with her" & "Nevertheless she persisted" on it.
 

Jules

Well-known Member
Location
N of 49
No. At some point I ‘won’ some in size X-large. They were given to my husband. He uses them as night shirts. I’ve never understood why he doesn’t wear t-shirts. He’s slender and always tucks his regular shirts in.

I don’t even like carrying plastic grocery bags with their logo; they made me pay for their advertising.
 

Chris P Bacon

Senior Member
Location
Columbus Ohio
No. At some point I ‘won’ some in size X-large. They were given to my husband. He uses them as night shirts. I’ve never understood why he doesn’t wear t-shirts. He’s slender and always tucks his regular shirts in.

I don’t even like carrying plastic grocery bags with their logo; they made me pay for their advertising.
That’s true about the grocery bags but probably most of the items inside the bags, saving produce maybe, also has a logo on it as well so their advertising also cost you money.


 


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