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Friday, November 21, 2014

Shirt-Tacular - SNAPPY KID

It should be no secret that I am a big big fan of pop culture mashups. My favorite kinds of mashups are of course those involving films and television shows. For this reason, I cannot stop buying t-shirts. I mean, if you think of the economy of the fandom at play here it makes complete sense. I can wear a shirt that represents my love for not one, but at least two things at once! And there's always the sort of "secret handshake" aspect of those who not only notice the shirt you happen to be wearing, but also get the movies or TV shows being referenced therein. I have this theory about people and it basically has to do with how much inside their own heads they are. It's a difficult thing to quantify, but I've always found that silly referential t-shirts can function as a kind of litmus test for how people are in their everyday life. It's really quite simple - if they notice the shirt (even if they don't know what it's referring to) then they may be not totally self-obsessed. I realize how stupid and simplistic this test sounds, but I've found more times than not that people I end up connecting with on a personal level are those who end up "passing" this test. This is not to say that if someone doesn't notice my shirt(s) then they are some narcissistic jerk, because that is CLEARLY not the case 100% of the time. Sometimes when you first meet someone, they might be distracted or be having an off day, and of course that kind of thing happens. And I should be clear that I've never outright written anyone off based on this kind of interaction, but I've always found it a fun thing to keep track of. On top of being a quick character read on folks, these shirts can also be an obvious conversation starter based on mutual admiration for the same stuff. Being that I can be rather conversationally awkward with people I don't know that well, it's always nice to start from a common place of interest. So needless to say, I am always on the lookout for new companies online that are putting out interesting shirts. Snappy Kid is one of those companies. From their "about us" page, there's this:
"We’re two Dads living in Toronto, Canada with young families all under five. And boy, they grow out of clothes fast! We thought it would be fun to produce cool and unique tees and onesies that capture how cool and unique our kids really are.
So we came up with Snappy Kid, a place where you can find a cool, nerdy, pop culture designs for cool kids. Each of our tees and onesies showcase art from top artists from around the world, from California to the UK to the Philippines. Plus, we've added sizes for grown ups and premium options. Artists keep full rights to their designs and may choose to make the piece available elsewhere."

Cool right? How could I not be drawn to a site that has come about like this. Being a father of a five year old myself, and always wanting to dress her in some clothing that refers to something "cool" in my mind, it's a perfect fit. Of course, I don't always come to a new shirt site with my kids in mind, and often I'm hooked by a certain design that makes me laugh or just revel in the cleverness. In this case, it was this GREMLINS-based shirt that got me:
"Mogwai Beach"
Personally, I'm a sucker for most things related to Joe Dante films as he's one of my favorite directors ever, but this design got me on a couple other levels. Wether it was intended or not, it also reminded me of the animation style that the great "Savage Steve" Holland used in both BETTER OFF DEAD and ONE CRAZY SUMMER. So much stuff I love in one design.
"The Big Race"
Here's another example of a shirt they had that was right in my wheelhouse. Let's break it down shall we? It's got Looney Tunes (the Roadrunner and Speedy Gonzalez), Pixar (Dash from THE INCREDIBLES), video games (Sonic the Hedgehog) and DC Comics (The Flash). How can this not make you smile. It immediately begs the question, "Who would win this race?" (to which the answer may seem obvious but is still fun to theorize about it).

"Bounty Hunting Time"
Last example. I am a dude who digs Adventure Time and Star Wars (as I'm sure a lot of people do). The thing I like about this though is that they went with Dengar as one of the Finn character. Not to geek on Star Wars too much, but I've always felt Dengar didn't get his due representation in the Star Wars films. Seems like a memorable fella. So props to the Snappy Kids folks for using him.

So those are just a slice of the unique tees they have over at Snappy Kid. They have a nice selection overall and have many of their shirts broken down into convenient geek-friendly categories like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Lego, Adventure Time and so forth:
If you're on the hunt for a new place to buy fun clothing for yourself or cool kids tees, you may want to mosey on over to Snappy Kid and give them a try! Find them here:
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Below find more cool and groovy designs from them that I also think are pretty cool:

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