Pop culture T-shirts (nerd or otherwise) are like tattoos for me. I admire them on other people, but find it tough to commit to one that I want on my body. There have been a few that I loved over the years – my JAWS shirt at age 6 (who shows a child that movie?!), my Partridge Family “Come on get happy” T, my Marvin the Martian shirt (purchased by my boyfriend who I knew was a keeper) and my Haight-Ashbury purchased Hookah Smoking Caterpillar tie dye.
And while I happily outfit my daughter in Mythbuster tees, I just don’t get excited enough to actually buy them for myself anymore. But then I saw this one.
Let me set the scene. Once a year, our city hosts car free day. Basically, various neighbourhoods around town shut down to become pedestrian-only festivals ‘o fun. It’s a great idea but after years of only going to the one in my hood, I decided it was time to trade the dirty hippy Burning man vibe for the douchebag hipster ‘tude of another area.
I had just entered that zone, passing the band doing ironic covers of redneck tunes when I saw this guy pushing the Game of Thrones shirts. My reaction was instantaneous. It was visceral. It was nerdgasm infinity! I had to have this shirt.
I’m not even sure why I love it so much. I mean, yeah, I’m a huge fan of the show and the books, but I’ve been a huge fan of other things. I don’t own a Bazinga T-shirt or one of River Song (although I fear a slippery slope has been crossed and all bets are off). But this shirt just enchanted me and made me laugh. And buy it I did. I spent the next few hours wandering the hipster part of town, my shirt clutched in hand, proudly displaying it to any friends I came across. But finally, it was time to go back to my street. Land of cheap Made in Nepal clothing and poi spinners.
I was mere blocks from home when I spotted him. You know, that lanky, pale dude; bespectacled stereotype of a comic store dweller. He wore the same T-shirt I did, except that his was a listing of Lord of the Rings places.
As I cradled my GoT shirt tenderly in the crook of my arm, I looked at him and thought disdainfully, “nerd.”
Which may make me a hypocrite but at least I’m a hypocrite with a cooler T-shirt.
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