Mash Ups And T-Shirts Produce A Love Child

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, May 6th, 2010 2:40 pm

We now live in a world where listening to a song as it was originally was recorded is kind of lame, and the only way t listen to a sing is in small parts in another song. So naturally people have transfered this idea over to clothing. Let me introduce: the mash up t-shirt. I’m not really sure how this trend actually started, or who started it, but when I was trying to properly celebrate yesterday’s holiday (Cinco De Mayo) I noticed a mustached man wearing a Beach Boys t-shirt in the vein of the classic 4-bar Black Flag t-shirt. Because this wasn’t the first time I had seen this bizarre mash up shirt, I wondered to myself what the hell is going on. Click through for more and pictures.

It seems like a cool idea in theory, but in practice I’m not so sure. The Black Flag 4-bar t-shirt is a classic, and it apparently makes great back drop for any number of bands/TV shows/pop icons. But why is Justin Bieber partnered with Black Flag? or even Tegan & Sara or Seinfeld? It’s some kind of hilarious irony I don’t think is funny, but the t-shirts are kind of cool in a way. I mean I’d take the Seinfeld one if it was given to me or was really cheap. I’m just wondering what is going to be next. Maybe Duran Duran, or Bob Dylan, or Golden Girls, or Gary Glitter…

There’s even a website that teaches you how to make your own mash up t-shirt! But there are mash up shirts that don’t have to do with Black Flag. Some of the t-shirts include a mash up between Gilligan’s Island and Lost, and one crossing Gandalf and ALF. They’re kind of hilarious in a really nerdy way. At least these shirts are better than all those abhorrent Armani Exchange graphic tees I see everyday.