What does that even mean? I’m pretty sure I owned a “Soccer is life, the rest is just details” t-shirt back in my athletic heyday. I remember feeling so good in it, showing up at soccer practice – announcing my dedication to the sport from the back of my t-shirt. And it wasn’t a lie, what else did I have going on really? I mean sometimes my dad would take us to Video Stars in Brockton and let us rent a movie, and once in awhile my friends would come over, all just details really.
When I really wanted to intimidate or motivate I’d wear my “No Fear” t-shirt. Let me tell you, nothing scares a 13-year-old girl more than a “Second place is the first loser” t-shirt. I’d put that baby on before a town league game at Whitman Middle School and BAM! Intimidation reigned.
The “details” and “No Fear” shirts were just the tip of the t-shirt iceberg. Throughout the late 80’s and 90’s you didn’t need a personality. You could just say it with your shirt.
A few of my other faves:
FCUK – Oh and how could you forget this tongue in cheek campaign by French Connection UK? I call this the “I’m pushing the envelope and went to the city one time just to buy this t-shirt’ shirt. I actually wore a shirt out in public that said, “Fcuk in Boston” it was either that one or “Cool as Fcuk”. I should really locate that shirt.
I asked a few friends for their t-shirt memories, here, some of my favorites:
“I bought a No-Fear "Just Do Me" shirt in 7th grade. An 8th grader wore one, so I thought she was cool. I wore it once, but covered it with my flannel bc I was too scared to show it. Actually, I take that back...I did tie my flannel around my waist for about 30 minutes at lunch time so everyone could see it, but mainly bc that was the fad."
“I think a better story to tell is when I got a new Simpsons t-shirt and wore it a week straight in 6th grade. My crush, wrote in my 6th yearbook, "Remember that time when you wore your Simpson shirt for a week straight?"
“My era was huge into the Hard Rock shirts. The only good part of having to spend the summer in Singapore was my Hard Rock Cafe Hong Kong tee.”
“And please tell me you remember the "Big Johnson" t's. A roommate of mine loved his Big Johnson golf shirt. His girlfriend commented that he had that shirt on the second time they met at some party and that in some ways she felt misled.”
Please share your favorite t-shirt memory in the comments section below.