Well, the Thor: The Dark World trailer’s out and it’s awesome! Seriously heavy stuff, especially Loki looking like the rehab reject of an ‘80s hair rock band.
I’m still not thrilled with the hammer but hey, you can’t have everything. Mikey and I did a quick trawl to find some shirts that would keep us going until release date (October, can you believe it? That’s so far away!) and having waded through the usual dreck, much of it unlicensed Marvel imagery that’s been shoddily photo-shopped, we came up with three beauties that aren’t your usual merch.
The first is … well, it’s philosophical. Or do I mean spiritual? Or anti-spiritual? Anyway, it’s from The Secular Store which I don’t think I’ve ever browsed before but there’s some interesting stuff over there, although it’s all slogan-based T-shirts. So, for $25 and postage, a T-shirt in pink, which is kind of counter-intuitive for The Mighty Thor (but actually who knows? He might be a pink onesie guy in his off-shift hours) and really rather cute. I like the hammer here – that’s more like the right shape for a hammer.
Our second find is highly stylized and all the better for it. This is from EtchGear, another site I’ve never come across before but that I’ll be visiting again. This Florida-based partnership between some kind of business entrepreneur and a designer who also happens to be a mother (why do women mention that? Just wondering, men never do) has a nice line in very crisp imagery. The only thing I’m not sure about with this one is the colorway – the Royal blue blank is okay but I feel something a little darker would have worked better – either navy or charcoal would have given this T-shirt an extra level of grimness for me.
At $25 plus postage I think this is a really good tee and I’m pretty sure you’re going to get asked about it a lot and in admiring terms too.
EtchGear have a distinctive vibe to their garments which is refreshing – I think we’re going to be visiting them again.
Our top pick for the day is also our cheapest tee-shirt – it’s amazing how often this happens. So for $20.00 you get this Hanes Nano (read down on the spec, as this T has been changed from the photographed image) with this awesome, awesome design.
It’s intricate, it’s heavy, and it has the clever kind of referencing of the Norse mythos that will comfortably rule out any engagement with the preposterous idiots who saw the first film, have never picked up a comic in their lives and have just enough brain capacity to know that the blond guy with the hammer is Thor but not enough to know that they shouldn’t engage Thor fans in banal conversation about their chosen superhero. Phew, need to pause for breath there. But anyway, this is a HAMMER – well done Burlyshirts for pulling this out of the bag!
Post by Kay who can remember when Hammertime involved an MC . . .