So you’re walking down the road and a guy is coming towards you with FBI on his t-shirt. Now you’re pretty positive that he’s not ‘official’ FBI and the nearer he gets you realise there is something else written underneath that you are straining your eyes to read. Then it comes into focus – FBI – Female Body Inspector. By this point it’s too late to pretend that you haven’t been staring intently at his chest for the last 30 seconds, blush profusely and try to laugh it off all whilst being smirked at by said guy. This is usually how I get caught out as I love a funny t-shirt.
Whether at home or when travelling I always notice funny, crude, clever or just downright stupid t-shirt designs. Some are funny because of the pictures or words intentionally used. However, by far the funniest are the ones that just get it wrong without realising how wrong!
I’ve seen t-shirt designs where even the country name on the front (which is coincidentally the country you’re currently in) is spelt wrong – Maxico instead of Mexico for instance. Or cheap rip offs where Adidas is spelt wrong or the Louis Vuitton logo is the wrong way around. I do love ones that seem perfectly innocent but for the native English speakers is definitely a double entendre and has many of us rolling around the floor in fits of hysterics.
Some of the most hilarious but also disturbing ones I’ve seen though were on my students in Korea. From the front it was just a jumble of random words put together that didn’t make any sense at all. Harmless enough – and then they’d turn around. There it would be plastered across the back of an 8 year old kid the words in glaring capitals “I’LL TEACH YOU HOW TO F**K” (without the stars I might add). Some weren’t even discreet enough to put it on the back but had it blazing full front on the middle of some young kids chest. I had to wonder how in the hell people didn’t register the faux pas at all, but then I realised, I’ve brought my fair share of t-shirts with foreign words on it in my time and I would bet at some point have been wondering around with something equally as crude blazing on my chest for all the world to see – and people laughing at it behind my back.
I have a whole stash of t-shirts from my years of travelling that I have in a box that I intend to turn into a t-shit blanket one day. Thus immortalising the funny, the bizarre and the tourist memories forever for me to keep as a reminder of where I’ve been, what I’ve done and the people I’ve met along the way.
There are a lot of clever t-shirt designs out there these days but there are also now lots of websites like Vistprint NZ where you can log on and design and print your own design. This can be anything from your company logo to matching t-shirts for a girl’s holiday abroad – yes those ones you see on that unruly, loud, giggling group of girls ahead of you in the check in queue at the airport – not that I was ever one of those of course – uh hum! Check it out and print something of your own, and who knows I might run into one day and you’ll catch me staring at your chest and can have a good old giggle.
Here are some classics that make me giggle:
and where do you buy these t-shirts – why in this shop of course………
JulietJanuary 31, 2013 at 11:16 am
HAHAHA awesome post Katherine! Love the lady in USA beef t shirt lol xP
KatherineJanuary 31, 2013 at 11:21 am
I know – so funny. I love foreign t-shirts
Sheldon NesdaleJanuary 23, 2016 at 1:41 am
OMG, that korean kid is wearing, may be he doesn’t understand what it says 🙂