19 Oct 2010

Shirt within a shirt

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When I was working on my 80′s-inspired shirt design “The Great Ape Skate of ’88″, I thought it would be fun to put a classic 80′s shirt on the main Ape character. I thought for awhile before coming up with the idea of using the iconic shirt from one of my all-time favorite movies of the 80′s (or any era, if I’m being totally honest).  Before I tell you what it is, take a look at my design and see if you can recognize it.

It’s pretty well hidden, with only a small portion of the original design visible, so it will really take someone with a pretty strong knowledge of cheesy 80′s movies to be able to see it (so don’t feel bad if you don’t).









Ok, give up? It’s the classic “Fu Manchu” shirt that Jack Burton wore in “Big Trouble in Little China”. It’s always been one of my biggest guilty pleasures, and this seemed like a fun way to pay a small amount of tribute to the film.


My shirt is currently for sale through ImpactThreads.com in sizes for guys and girls. Also, I’ve discovered that you can also buy Jack’s classic Fu Manchu shirt through several retailers.  The best that I found was from The Wing Cong Exchange who have a tanktop version available with a mildly distressed graphic that’s just like the movie version.

I am now the proud owner of said tanktop, and need only a good mullet wig to complete my costume. Higher end shirts have spoiled me, and I really wish this one was printer on a more comfortable and fitted blank, but it’s still one of my new favorite shirts based on nostalgia alone.

One Response to “Shirt within a shirt”

  1. Joshua says:

    Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says “Give me your best shot. I can take it.

    When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if you paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

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