Graphic Tee Club: Typography Edition

Something unusual has been happening to my taste in graphic t-shirts lately: I have been into text graphics.

Usually, these annoy the crap out of me. I don’t want to read your t-shirt! I don’t want to identify you by the words you purchased in t-shirt form to wear on your person! But for some reason, I’ve been coming across shirts that don’t really bother me that much.

In fact, I like them. (I have a cold, could this be responsible?)

So, Graphic Tee Club will be full of literal x’s and o’s today, but probably more o’s.

Ten Sixty Sherman "Life's Too Short" Graphic Tee

Ten Sixty Sherman “Life’s Too Short” Tee, $24 at Nordstrom
See? The shirt’s not wrong! Boring clothes are so Zzzzzzzzz. I’m not sure that this shirt is the solution – it’s Courier on white, for goodness sake! – but it would definitely be cute peeking out underneath a cool jacket or crew neck cardigan.

J. Crew Tout Va Bien Tee

J. Crew Tout a Bien Tee, was $45 now $24.99 at J. Crew
Just so you don’t end up like those people with the bad Kanji tattoos – tout va bien is French for “all is well.” A pretty easy statement to wear, I think! This shirt is linen, too, so all is definitely well if you want a moderately luxurious fabric to lounge around in.

Volcom Lose Your Mind Tee

Volcom Feathered Rad Lose Your Mind Tee, $22 at Nordstrom
I’ve always had a soft spot for hand-drawn fonts (graphic design nerds, you feel me!), and something about this almost-perfect typography really got me. It’s more picture than text, in a lot of ways.

Marilyn Monroe Mugshot Tee

Rebel Marilyn Mugshot Tee, $24.50 at Macy’s
I’m not obsessed with Marilyn, but I can’t resist this mugshot t-shirt. The “Rebel” text is just obscured enough that I don’t feel like an extra in an Alloy catalogue (read: 14 years old) but I love the uneven lines and, of course, the fake army ID for Marilyn Monroe!

Most Wanted Outlaw Guess Tee


GUESS Cap-Sleeve Outlaw Tee, $24.50 at Macy’s
This shirt is almost a bit too cheesy, even for me! But I love a badass babe (my Tumblr is pretty much exclusively badass babes) and a little country western rebellion is no exception…

Golden Luck Trading Company Tee

Lucky Brand Golden Luck Trading Company Tee, was $39.50 now $19.99 at Macy’s
For something a little less “text in your face” and a bit more abstract, Lucky offers us this Japanese-inspired graphic. I dig the watercolor style and the – surprise – faded, handwritten typography.

Ralph Lauren Tiger Head Baseball Tee

Ralph Lauren Tiger Head Baseball, was $39.50 now $24.99 at Ralph Lauren
Here you go, militant typography-tee haters: your text-free graphic tee. I guess I must have a thing for tiger heads? This is not only a baseball tee, but the vintage-style graphic is really wearable. I think adding all that weird jewelry is unnecessary, but the tee is awesome on its own, or dressed up… in a different way. No offense, model. We know it wasn’t your choice.

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I am thinking of clearing out some room in my graphic t-shirt shelf to make some room for new material, so if you find a great one, please send it my way!