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FizzyT, November 9th, 2015

dARWIN FISHFar be it from me to say that there’s something fishy about those symbols you see on cars, but well, to be honest there just is and that’s all I’m going to say.

I love this Darwin t-shirt tho, available from the Guardian shop, where to confound those fish believers, evolution has occurred and the darned fish has grown legs and practically turned into a mammal.

One of those t-shirt slogans that you can’t help but enjoy, just a bit of a niggle, but enough. Great for any scientific chums, but maybe best not try it out on your churchgoing auntie. She could evolve a forked tongue.

FizzyT, October 31st, 2015

very british problemsI do love the magical entity that is Very British Problems. A skewed way of viewing our very British way of dealing with life, this little gem started life on Twitter (I think) and has now spawned a book of the same name.

The premise, basically, is that the British rarely say what they mean, and are mostly pretty grumpy. Little tweets such as “Q: Doing anything for Halloween? A: Locking the door, drawing the curtains and sitting very quietly.” are perfect genious, even more so if you think that there is the 140 character limit on Twitter. Tho I think the succinctness of the snippets is what makes Very British Problems so great.

It was only ever a matter of time before the slogans and quotes went very global and got put on a t-shirt. Perfect, I love these, great for anyone who is quintessentially contrarily British!

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, July 6th, 2015

Paris Hilton hacks me off for a lot of reasons. Mainly because she paved the way for the Kardashian’s to achieve global domination through sheer vacuousness, though her own vacuousness seems mild in comparison.

Hilton is pretty much the original heiress airhead, to the extent that jar of marmite would appear to be a positive Hawking-like genius if the two were put together. Whilst Hilton has been totally eclipsed by Klan Kardashian (KK started out as Hilton’s stylist), she still parties on with the pooches in the background. A stint dj-ing and also singing has been fairly underwhelming, and apart from the reality TV obsession she cruelly unleashed on the world, there’s not much more to say.

This week she hit the news for being involved in a prank on Egyptian television. On a small plane, Hilton was tricked believing that the plane was just about to crash. Whether she was in on the ‘prank’ is unclear, you can watch the whole thing and judge for yourself, although it’s pretty dire, so I wouldn’t bother.┬áThe message the prank says loud and clear is that public humiliation is prime time viewing. Not just humiliation, but someone possibly thinking they’re going to die. As annoying as Hilton may be, do we really want to see her living out her last moments on earth? Even if she has subjected us to her singing. As the barriers are pushed ever further to provide what passes for entertainment, it strikes me that cheap thrills at someone else’s expense can’t be much fun, this though…..yuk.

So today it’s a Paris tribute tee, just to remind me that I’m almost feeling sorry for her, and that’s a thing I thought I would never do!


FizzyT, June 16th, 2015

I’m always up for a good vintage slogan or logo t-shirt, the more original and retro looking the font, the better. This range from design company ‘Shot Dead in the Head‘ is a great line of tees with the varying slogans reading ‘Built in the 20’s, 30’s 40’s etc’. Heck, I don’t quite know if it’s supposed to be a declaration of age, but it’s a nice little line and there’s a nice line of faded, vintage-y of colours and I like the ‘some parts still in working order’ bit, nice and mild with a hint of a wink. Check them out!


FizzyT, May 13th, 2015

For ages and ages, it seemed like summer was a thing of the past and that I’d be swaddled in hoodies and hot water bottles forever. It’s a particularly harsh kind of hibernation when you’re concious and shivering for 6 months of the year.

Still, the heating is now off (if, occasionally I leave the oven door open when I’m cooking. Efficient, not) and summer has to be just around the corner. So, time to dust out your t-shirts, emerge from your cocoon of cake fuelled warmth and start designing your summer t-shirts. Perfect for festivals, sports, yoga and personal fashion; designing your own clothing gives you that amazing feeling of creativitiy without any of the messy clearing up to do. And you get new stuff to wear. Awesome!

FizzyT, May 6th, 2015

If you’ve been on another planet, you may have missed the fact that a new Royal baby was born. Otherwise you’ll already be saturated with the knowledge that Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, possibly already the most papped bump in the world, now has a face.

Already the right royal merchandising carousel has begun. You can buy commemorative everythings, from Yorkshire Tea to t-shirts the best of which being a nice little Not On the High Street slogan number. the baby t-shirt says ‘I was Charlotte first’ obviously stamping any other baby Charlotte’s parents with the sign of good taste which led them to choose the popular name. Personally, I think it would make more sense for grown ups named Charlotte to wear the same tee, as it would make an even better statement. Maybe an ‘I’ve been Charlotte for years and I’m still not a bloody princess’ t-shirt. I’ll ask my friend Charlotte she’s feel special wearing one. Not sure how it’d go down actually.

FizzyT, April 10th, 2015

So, the Free the Nipple campaign has been garnering a lot of publicity of late. Celebs, presumably with very nice nipples, have been sporting the ‘Free the Nipple’ t-shirt in their droves, in response to social media sites censoring photos of bare breasted ladies, who are quite happy to bare all. The nipple, so goes the argument, is the same for a man as for a woman, so is has a right to the same airing privileges as boys’ nips.

So on the one hand you’ve got people fighting to get Page Three banned, and other people fighting to get their womanly pecs out at every opportunity. I don’t quite know what to make of it. The controversial mammary is more than I can cope with. But here’s the t-shirt. All I can think of is that I would love to see top politicians Dave, Gideon et al wearing it, just like they did with the ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ tee. Go on boys, get yer tits oot!

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, April 20th, 2014

A college professor in Jersey had his fingers burnt rather hard, when in a state of miffedness because his sabbatical wasn’t given the go ahead, was suspended for posting a picture of his son in a Game of Thrones slogan t-shirt.

Officials at the University mistook the slogan from the hugely popular TV show as a threat to arson and beyond, the college professor was subjected to a psychiatric assessment before being allowed back to his post, presumably blowing smoke from his ears.

Since January this year, there have been 34 incidents of high school shootings in the States, so maybe you could forgive officials for acting over zealously. Or maybe you could just be scared that something as innocent as a TV show slogan can get you into so much trouble. 1984 anyone?