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February 25, 2005

The Guys Get Shirts...?

Some of my readers have expresed interest in an Ace of Spades HQ t-shirt. I've always wanted to put t-shirts like that out; hell, at this late stage of the game, it's probably the closest I'm going to come to feeling like a member of Led Zeppelin.

Well, except that my editor choked on his own vomit. But I don't like to talk about that much.

I haven't done it before because I couldn't find anyone willing to print color graphics on to dark-gray shirts. The best I could find was some sort of "ash gray," which is code for "sort of dirty speckled off-white, like you ran a t-shirt through the washer with a pack of Marlboro Reds."

But RockNClothing does offer charcoal gray, and they seem to be able to handle somewhat intricate graphics.

They told me "no problem" with getting the sort of shirt I wanted printed up.

So, what I'm thinking is: the death card on the right breast, beneath that Ace of Spades HQ (in red Copperplate, just like in the banner).

I can't promise the logo will be on the breast; for size reasons, they may have to center it.

And maybe-- depending on what you guys think -- the Mencken quote on the back of the shirt in black Garamond (again, just like on the banner). But I don't know if people want a quote with a reference to "slitting throats" on their casual wear. So let me know about that part. I think, unfortunately, half may want the quote and half may not, which will probably mean that the quote won't be included. But I'll have to see what the ratio is.

I don't think I'll include the actual web-address. You know what the address is, and no one who sees your shirt is going to write down a web-address they saw on a t-shirt, anyhow.

Does that sound about what an Ace of Spades t-shirt would look like?

At any rate, the company wants to know the approximate level of interest in the shirt in order to quote a price-- more shirts, less cost. So-- this isn't a firm commitment or anything -- if you'd be so kind, let me know in the comments if you'd want to buy such a shirt. And, if you're thinking of buying more than one, I'd like to know that, too, obviously.

Again, I can't tell you the exact price yet, although the This Fish shirts are going for $13.50, so that should be ballpark. Maybe it'll be a little less if enough guys get shirts. Maybe it'll be a little more because of that intricate death-card. But around that price, I guess.

Sorry to trouble you with this self-dealing mercenary sort of post, but some of you have asked, and so I thought I'd finally see about looking into it seriously.

Quite frankly, I want to do this just so I can have a dumb shirt. And then, you know, for Christmas and birthdays, I'd give out my shirts to my friends and family. And they would hate me for that, but I'd just be giggling my ass off on the way home anyway.

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posted by Ace at 03:38 AM

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