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I can never figure out the nerdmind’s overall opinion on Big Bang Theory. Some people will swear up and down it’s insulting to nerds, that it’s all canned humor and catch phrases, that the laughtrack is horrendously overused (that one’s definitely true. Try watching an episode now that I’ve mentioned it and you won’t be able to stop hearing it). But yet every nerd shirt place seems to have a shirt with Bazinga! on it. I would’ve guessed most nerds thought it painted a picture too close for comfort, but it seems to depend on what nerd circles you run in.
Dr. Horrible is just more of the Whedon fetish nerds have going on, so I get that. You know what’d be an awesome nerd shirt? A Joss Whedon foot fetish compilation. I’d give TeeFury major points for putting that one out, especially because you can stick Whedon’s name on anything and nerds will love it. Plus it’d give normal people a really easy way to know someone is a completely terrible person on sight. Come on, TeeFury, make it happen.
- Double reference: Aww yeah.
- Dr Who, Star Wars, or Firefly: No, but Mal was sorta part of this I guess.
- Let the 80s die: Dead as a doorknob. Because really, were the 80s ever truly alive?
- Would I buy: You know I love tasteless mash ups. Mmmm.
e: haha, whoops, posted this on my cancer blog the first time. This shirt might not have given me cancer, but it felt appropriate.
My avatar is Maus, a beloved German kid’s show character and a part of my avatar in most places on the internet. Here Maus is mashed up with Mario, and I just think it’s so funny (please buy my t-shirt)
So is it no pants or nerd pants? This is important.
I guess it’s old art weekend at TeeFury. And today there’s even one shirt that doesn’t totally shit on the work that it’s referencing.
Loki Quina is a reference to Maurin Quina, an early 1900s French liquor ad, and Loki, the Norse god. The ad is a fairly recognizable piece of pop culture and has been reused in France and the US for other liquors. You’ve probably seen it before without even realizing it, but it’s definitely obscure (especially for TeeFury). I really want to like this shirt because the art is pretty solid and the reference isn’t completely stupid, but at the same time it has it’s problems.
For one, Loki really doesn’t fit into it very well. The original green devil is a reference to absinthe, a drink called the green fairy. Loki is a trickster god, which fits in with the theme, but that’s about all you can say about it. His name doesn’t really even sound anything like Maurin, which would’ve made it a lot more clever. But really, what else would you mix with it? The biggest problem with this design is that it’s really not something someone who buys a shirt at TeeFury could connect to. I like that the image itself was a pop culture image back in its time, and this is something of a revival, but unless I was really into art history I couldn’t see myself wearing this shirt.
Granted, if it was between that shirt and our second offering, I’d wear it for the rest of my life. People love these damn angels way too much. If you don’t know, the Weeping Angels are a recurring villain in Doctor Who, first introduced in the episode Blink (which is absolutely fantastic, by the way). But you probably already knew that. If the image looks strangely familiar, it’s because the shirt is also a reference to the two cherubim in the Sistine Madonna, by Renaissance artist Rafael. They are one of his most recognizable works, and pictures of the cherubim are often sold on their own.
But just like yesterday’s design, the shirt is a total hack. Seriously, look at this, at how lifelike the cherubim are, at the level of detail in every single hair on their heads. Look at how perfectly the colors catch light and shadow on their faces and bodies. Now look at the shirt design again. It’s a cartoon. It’s visually boring, probably in large part due to the color limitations of a printed t-shirt. It’s nowhere near as much of a slap to the face as that Starry Night one from yesterday was, but it’s still not the same ballpark. I’m not even saying you need to be able to paint like Rafael to reference him, but there’s just nothing to this but a stolen pose.
But it’s the angels. I’m pretty sure the angels get more love at TeeFury than Daleks do. I get that they’re really effective villains, but damn if TeeFury doesn’t run them right into the ground. Of course, they only do that because nerds eat that shit up. The contest really isn’t even a contest, because the angels shirt is absolutely crushing the Loki shirt. It makes sense, because Loki really isn’t a strong enough reference to carry it, but the angels are. The comments section is basically overflowing with stuff like “oh the angels are an instabuy for me!”
Even when it’s the angels in a rip-off of a painting your grandmother would hang on her wall, I guess.
- Double reference: Again, two double references, but I guess referencing actual art is sort of a bonus?
- Dr Who, Star Wars, or Firefly: At four references I feel like it’s pretty hard to not get at least one of these guys.
- Let the 80s die: They managed to keep the 80s out, at least.
- Would I buy: No to both, but for very different reasons.
- Winner: Loki Quina, without question.
I wish all arguments ended like that.
I’m a big mean jock who wants to give them all e-swirlies.
But really I’m not wholly against nerds, I just think that there are large parts of the culture that are very toxic - to humor, to analysis of arts, and even to social issues. Mocking t-shirts is just my little way of pointing out those problems. And also making fun of dumb shirts on the internet.
hahahahahahhahahahah-okay, just a sec, let me collect myself. pfffffffffffffha
Alright, so I just finished my big old rant about why nerds miss the forest for the trees, and just as I’m about to go to bed I refresh TeeFury and I get this.
It’s just too easy. Goddamn.
- Double reference: hahahahhahahahaha
- Dr Who, Star Wars, or Firefly: hahahahahhawhat a dumb shirthahahhaha
- Let the 80s die: I’d never considered if the 1880s counted, but you know what? why not? (seriously, nyancat in a poorly drawn rip off of a real artist, hahhahahahhahahha)
- Would I buy: pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft
e: IT’S BEEN UP FOR 45 MINUTES AND IT ALREADY HAS THE POPULAR TAG hahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahah oh my god fuck nerds
You know, this is a dumb shirt with 5 dumb references, and it isn’t even particularly well drawn (I’m still not sure if that’s Voldemort next to GOB there). It’s really bla-
“Had me till Obi-Wan.”
“I agree Jedi aren’t magicians”
Well, I mean
“Uncle Owen calls him a Wizard, and I think the Imperial Board Room had some comments about Vader’s “sorcerous” ways.”
I guess there’s tha
“Real magicians are illusionists…Obi Wan’s “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” is total illusionism. Apparently the Force is a type of magic.”
I mean aren’t you just throwing terms aroun
“and i kinda agree that Obi really should not be included because what he did wasn’t magic, he and other Jedi use the Force to alter others minds. Just because other saw it as “magic” don’t mean anything, Native Americans or Mayans i forget who it was thought that men in armor and on horses were mystical creatures, its just a form of ignorance, of not understanding what the other is/doing.”
Oh come on, really? Uncle Ben just doesn’t understand Obi Wan’s midiclorian count?
Yes, the best thing about this shirt is that it started a massive argument in the comments about whether or not Obi-Wan counts as a wizard/magician/whatever. Everyone has to chime in.
“No because of Obi-wan, the argument of others referring to jedis as wizards such as Uncle Owen and Imperial leaders is irrelevant because they did not, could not, and will never understand the power of the force as only one who is in tune with it can.”
And the arguments are just so dumb. Look, this is simple: Obi-Wan is a wizard. Jedi are wizards. Maybe not in a nitty-gritty technical sense, but his purpose in the story is to be the master of an arcane art long lost to the modern world, and to introduce the young protagonist to this strange worldview. He teaches Luke magic like extrasensory perception and telekinesis, but more importantly, he teaches Luke the power of the human mind over even very advanced technology.
This is why people make fun of nerd arguments. It’s not because they’re silly hypothetical questions that don’t really have any bearing on reality. It’s because so often they’re so completely pedantic and ridiculous. This argument places more emphasis on being “correct” about what the Force is. The Force is a completely made up concept that has been retconned within its own universe. The retcon was almost universally panned because it is mindbendingly stupid. But yet some people still have to back it, because it was said at one point and thus it’s canon, so-
No, stop. The whole point of the Force originally was to be magic in a sci-fi world. Jedi is essentially cast as a religion. And it so obviously is, especially from a storytelling perspective. It seems to me that the only reason to get mad about Obi-Wan being on a t-shirt filled with wizards is that you’re stuck in this mindset that fantasy and sci-fi are two separate genres instead of being different flavors of the exact same idea, and that mixing the two is just terrible because um, I thought this was hard sci-fi, not some wizards and magic crap. That these denotations are more important than the story being told.
So, basically a massive nerd.
- Double reference: Five! And the main one basically stolen verbatim from the Arrested Development Pilot. Impressive!
- Dr Who, Star Wars, or Firefly: Well if we’re calling him a wizard why not just call it Magic Wars? This is bullshit.
- Let the 80s die: I haven’t taken my Eurythmics shirt off in 20 years, why do it now?
- Would I buy: It doesn’t even look good. And this artist is one of the few to actually get me to admit I might buy something (the mononoke one from a few months ago), such a shame.