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FizzyT, October 7th, 2015

CaptureI’m quite sure that Hillary Clinton must be one of the most unflappable women in the States. Having survived the Monica Lewinski affair with a remarkable show of dignity, having to overcome the comments on her dress code must be pretty small fry.

I love how her campaign t-shirt is a take off of her trademark trouser suit. Never a good look (unless you’re Lucy Liu, which frankly, she isn’t), Hillary has embraced the joke, and taken it one further. If a sense of humour was useful in politics, she’d win the race by a mile! Go Hilly!

FizzyT, September 8th, 2015

refugeeswelcomePossibly the most traumatic happening in the area where T Shirt Studio is based, was the Great Floods of 2007. Throughout a very rainy day, puddles became pools, roads became unassailable rivers, and houses became swimming pools. I quite remember sitting on the stairs of my friend’s house sipping a G&T Carry on up the Khyber style as her piano floated past below us. It took over 6 months before her house was back to normal, and she still gets queasy when she thinks about the mismatched curtains in the B&B she stayed in for the duration of the renovations.

The trauma of our floods however, is just a minuscule glimpse of what it must be like for people really fleeing in fear of their lives. The panic of trying to save your children to the extent you’d jump on a rickety ship or cling to a lorry; where the Hobson’s Choice of your options are a toss up between certain death or almost certain death. It’s not even wanting a better life that’s motivating some people. It’s just wanting life.

Whilst the ins and outs of the conflict situations and civil wars around the world are beyond me, I think we have to make an effort to try and understand the plight of others in the world. Solutions are going to be hard and painful to come by. Compassion should be easy to find.


FizzyT, May 27th, 2015

I confess, I know absolutely nothing about US politics. Shocking, isn’t it? And whilst I am sitting here typing words to the effect that I really haven’t got time to find out, I could, in fact be looking up US politics and at least getting some kind of a basic grasp. I mean, how hard can it be?

Ah well, one of these days I’ll fill the gap in my knowledge and surprise you all. In the meantime, being vaguely aware of Hilary Clinton running for President or some kind of election, I was quite taken with her official merchandise, which shows that either she or someone in her team has a whopping sense of humour.

Sartorially, Ms Clinton favours the trouser suit as her political garb (no peskily stained dresses for this lady), so it’s quite funny that her official presidential tee is a printed take on said favourite item of clothing, with the words ‘Pantsuit Up’ on the back (they just don’t know the word trousers which I would say is a bit of a disadvantage)

Anyway, whatever she stands for, Hils gets our vote. Ok, so I promise I’ll find out one of these days!

FizzyT, May 8th, 2015

Golly, it’s been quite a night! I was sooo convinced Labour would win, but there we go. Ed Miliband is on his way down, along iwth other well known politicians. Today, although there will be lots of happy SNP and Conservative supporters grinning in triumph, there will be a whole lot of Lib Dem and Labour hopefuls who are downcast and defeated. It was a massively big surprise, and I hope that you got the result you wanted. If not, here’s one for you. A bit of a twist on the absolute classic, with a nice bit of misery thrown in for goodwill. Chin up, it’s nearly the weekend!!!


FizzyT, April 7th, 2015

I was flipping through a magazine the other day when I came across an interview with designer Katherine Hamnett. Way way back over 30 years ago, Hamnett was the original designer who used the medium of the slogan t-shirt to great political effect. She reasoned that people would be able to read slogans from quite a distance away and that they would come out well in press photographs. She was more than right. Noone will ever forget the ‘Choose Life’ slogan and how it made wearing your allegiance mainstream. It’s become an easy medium for much photographed celebrities to make a punchy statement and numerous people getting their message across. I love this photo of Hamnett with Margaret Thatcher. I bet Thatcher was mighty narked at this one!

Hamnett is still going strong and her t-shirts are nothing short of iconic, selling well at Topshop and Urban Outfitters amongst others. The original and the best, at 67 Hamnett’s latest campaign is against fracking. Long may the slogan queen reign!

FizzyT, March 25th, 2014

Loving this story about Michelle (arms) Obama’s visit to China, where t-shirts bearing the image of her hubby and US President Barack Obama in chairman Mao guise have hastily been withdrawn from sale.

The First Lady has been speaking about education and the responsibility to provide facilities for learning. She also criticised state censorship, but that was (obviously) censored.

I think she and the girls might’ve liked a few dad/Mao slogan t-shirts, nice souvenirs, surely?

FizzyT, April 28th, 2013

What a terrible disaster. I’ve forgotten that it’s Ed Balls Day! Two years to the day since he sent the infamous tweet which stated merely “Ed Balls” . Was just flicking through the paper and realised I should have made a t-shirt to commemorate this auspicious occasion. So here it is, sorry guys, promise I’ll me more on the (Ed) ball(s) next year!

FizzyT, April 18th, 2013

If there’s a queue of people who would happily punch Chancellor George “Giddy-on” Osborne, I would probably be somewhere at the end of the line, not sure what I was waiting for but aimlessly hoping for an ice cream. I do think he’s a bit of a Gideot, and as Chancellor of the Exchequer he seems to be a bit of a no hoper, but I can’t really summon the energy to loathe him properly. God, how terrible is apathy?

The photo of him shedding a tear at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral service yesterday however, does seem a bit ripe for the t-shirt picking. It really is crying (sorry) out for an appropriate slogan (actually an inappropriate one), or a photoshopped onion or something. Sorry George; you might have been hugely moved at the funeral of one of our most famous politicians, you maybe doing your damnedest to salvage the economy, but as a multi squillionaire, I just can’t feel sorry for you, no matter how hard I clench.

FizzyT, April 7th, 2013

I’m afraid I can’t help myself (like, ever really) but every time the name Katharine Hamnett crops up, I can’t help but  think of her as Katharine Hairnett (2 t’s). She’s probably never worn a hairnet in her life, not even a flowery shower cap, but Hairnett she will always be to me.  And to you now. It’s the nominal equivalent of an earworm, I’m quite convinced.

Anyway, Katharine Hamnett/Hairnett will always be famous for her slogan t-shirts. In fact it was thirty years ago when she first brought them into being, specifically choosing a large font that would show up on long lens shots, so she could get her political statements across. Genius, really, and the idea has been rolling for three decades with celebrities, activists and even normal people wearing statement slogan tees to broadcast their thoughts far and wide.

Hairnett (or Hamnett)’s latest has to do with the British weapons industry. Producing a t-shirt with the words “NHS not Trident” to wear on a recent CND march, the groundbreaking designer shows she’s still got the power to garner media attention and raise public awareness by harnessing the power of the slogan tee. Thirty years after she urged us to choose life, she’s still going, pushing the boundaries and trying to change the world. Awesome woman, proving time and time again that she is the original tee lady, even without the hairnet.


FizzyT, November 7th, 2012

You might have been asleep for the past 24 hours for some unknown reason (sleeping sickness maybe, pulling a sickie, or it could be that you just like a good snooze). Otherwise, there’s just no way in the world you would have missed the fact that Barack Obama has won the presidential race for the second time. What amazes me is the huge amount of celebs that show support for their chosen candidates in a ‘like me, like my choice to run the country’ sort of way. Maybe it really is that simple. In which case, old Romney had no hope against Beyonce, wearing her mean face and a slogan t-shirt with the words ‘Texans for Obama’. Well, with that snarl, would you argue?