Various T-Shirts I Own
This is a Gerald Wallace jersey shirt. I bought it at the NBA store on 5th avenue in New York City. I love this shirt. The text is a different material than the rest of the shirt; maybe it's mesh. The acne soap I use has stained the collar and one sleeve to the point that I don't wear this shirt in public anymore.
This is a t-shirt from the Skatepark of Tampa. I went there when I was 11, 12, or 13. I had just gotten my first skateboard and was not very good. A panoramic picture my mom took shows the entire skatepark with me on top of a ramp afraid to go down it. In the picture I am wearing this shirt which means I must have bought the shirt and changed into it before going skateboarding. A few years later I left this shirt in a golf bag where it remained for close to a decade. Now this shirt has several large holes around the neck and on the sleeves. I wear it often.
Kunst means "art" in German. My friend's t-shirt company made/makes this shirt. I've only worn it once and that was to an MFA workshop last year when I was kind of mad.
This is a relatively new t-shirt -- I got it at a rummage sale just a few months ago. I like it a lot. It feels like a John Ashbery poem.
This is a University of Illinois: Class of 2009 t-shirt. I got it when I visited my friend Pat before he started his freshman year there. I went to all of the orientation events with him which included a hotdog lunch and a tour of the football stadium which is where someone handed me this shirt.
I've only worn this shirt on the fourth of July and have done so for the past three years.
This is a band t-shirt from the band The Locust. I think I've seen them three times. One time the drummer wasn't feeling well or something and he puked on the cymbals and hit the cymbals which sent puke everywhere but mostly on himself. He also puked into a bucket, which I took a picture of.
I saw Less Than Jake and Fall Out Boy and I think Yellowcard play when I was 16 because this girl I was into at the time was going but it turned out she was friends or friends of friends with the people in Fall Out Boy so it became clear to me that I was of not much interest to her so I think I decided to try to have more fun than her to like show how much fun I was and I remember crowd surfing alone and sort of desperately a lot at this show. I haven't worn this shirt in a while, but I used to wear it often.
This is a t-shirt I caught at a White Sox game in 2007. The canon shot it at the person next to me but it bounced off his hands and I grabbed it out of the air in front of him. Catching a t-shirt at a baseball game is surprisingly thrilling and irony-free. The man sitting next to me left shortly after this happened and didn't return. I've only worn this shirt while sleeping because it's too big for me.
This is my friend Pat's shirt. I don't remember how I came into possession of it. It's from our intramural basketball team our senior year of high school. Our team name was called AP Basketball, which we thought was clever. I was banned from the league and arrested during our second game.
These are two identical LeBron James WITNESS t-shirts I bought off ebay in 2008 when LeBron was still with the Cavs. I once simultaneously threw two basketballs (one with each hand) into a basket while wearing one of these shirts, which prompted someone to shout "way to go LeBron". I don't wear these shirts ever anymore.
I'm a big fan of black t-shirts with plain white lettering on them (I used to know the name of this font but I can't remember now). The one on the right is my favorite t-shirt, and the one on the left is I think the funniest t-shirt I own. They're both too big for me.
This is a t-shirt of a sad-looking dog with a bird in its mouth. It's too small for me so I rarely wear it. I think I paid close to $30 for this shirt.
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AJW is the author of numerous poems and short stories, both online and in print. He makes collages here. He is from Wilmette, Illinois. He is an Eagle Scout.
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