25 Experimental Jetset T-Shirts

by Andy on January 13, 2010

The last list I wrote was about I [heart] NY style t-shirts, and whilst it wasn’t a particularly popular post (no viral success for me with that one), I certainly did enjoy putting it together simply because of the wide variety of versions that people had come up with. Today’s list is also focused on an iconic design style in the t-shirt world, the Experimental Jetset t-shirt and the many, many parodies of it that have been created. Interestingly, I thought that the original design (John&Paul&Ringo&George) which was created by Experimental Jetset (EJ) for 2k by Gingham had been available for quite a long time, but in reality it was only released in 2001, which makes the current ubiquity of EJ-styled designs all the more remarkable.

I’m going to say it again, even though people never seem to listen, this list is not ranked in any way, at all, the numbers are merely there for reference, much like a take out menu at a Chinese restaurant. As ever, I don’t expect it, but if you could promote this post in any way, such as with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace (yeah, it still exists, I had no idea either) posts, or Stumbles on Stumbleupon, or ill-advised tattoos, that would be absolutely fantastic. You may have noticed I didn’t include Digg in that list, that’s because for some reason HYA has been banned as a domain, I have no clue why since I’ve only ever submitted a few articles to the site, but there’s not much I can do about it, which is unfortunate because you know Digg users (Diggers?) would have loved the Star Wars list.

1. Here’s the thing, I know that the shirt was re-released recently, but I can’t find it on sale, this list isn’t getting off to a good start! *The aptly named Shirthunters found it on sale, good work!

2. What is the deal with all these Experimental Jetset tees? $20 from Mysoti

3. How depressed would you have to be wear this? $21 from the love is lame Etsy shop

4. This tee harks back to a better time when if you were a good man you’d be drunk most of the time and only losers were faithful to their wives. $20ish from boogah‘s RedBubble

5. I know who all of these are except for Jigsaw, readers, tell me who it is because I’m too lazy to do a Google lookup! BR$40 from Sound & Vision

6. My favourite (and only, admittedly) urban legend about Daft Punk is that they pay people to wear their outifts and pretend to be them DJing at gigs whilst they just play a CD. $18.95 from Shirt City

7. Bret? Present. Jermaine? Present. Murray? Present. T-Shirt? Present. $19.95 Available from Clutch Tees

8. What whut? Famous scientists in the hiz-ouse! $24.95 from Ex-Boyfriend

9. If I was Italian I would almost definitely name my kids Mario & Luigi, even if they were girls. $19.97, this shirt is available from Nerdy Shirts

10. This one does break out of the convention a bit by not having the ampersand on the last name, but it makes sense in context, and it looks cool, so I’ll let it slide (as if my opinion actually means anything). It’s totally sold out, but this Rocksmith tee was once available at Underground Hip Hop

11. Regular readers may remember that following his death last year I put a blanket ban on posting Michael Jackson related t-shirts, but the Jackson 5 is a whole different ball game. $23 from the Names Brand (a clothing company that only sell Experimental Jetset style tees)

12. I thought that this deaign was going to reference a specific game, but no, that’s the point. $16 from Huzzah Goods

13. When I saw a tee called ‘Hey Arnold’ I must admit I was hoping to see the kid with a football for a head, but this is still a pretty sweet riff on the EJ classic. $20 from MySoti

14. If you’re a younger sibling you’re going to understand what I mean when I say “don’t you just hate it when your brother just does the same move over and over until he beats you?” $19.97 from Nerdy Shirts

15. Posted without comment… y’know, because I don’t think these guys existed, and if they did, they aren’t the people that we’re expected to believe they were. Also, why do they all have English names? Like I said, posted without comment. $19.99 from A Year Of Tees

16. It’s entirely likely that these names mean nothing to people that aren’t from the UK. The Carry On series of films were made between 1958 and 1978, and are prime examples of why everyone in other parts of the world think that British comedy goes no further that double entendres and innuendo, also, these films frequently promised boob, but rarely delivered. £14.49 from Redbubble

17. Because every list nowadays needs to have a twitter shirt in it otherwise no one would twitter about it. £14.66 from MySoti

18. If I had this shirt I’d have to cross out Digg, since I’m banned from it (and as HYA=Andy, I feel like they’ve banned me personally), not that I’m bitter, of course, who wouldn’t want the sophisticated comments of Digg users on my articles that I spend many hours creating $19.97 from Nerdy Shirts

19. I find it interesting the way that they’ve arranged the names on this shirt, surely Barack should be either first or last? $24.99 from Neighborhoodies

20. Unfortunately this tee is not currently for sale because the Meatbun shop is closed whilst they prepare for a relaunch, looks good though!

21. I know I said that I want the three wolf moon meme to die a horrible death, possibly involving it being crushed under all the emoticons and internet-speak that have been used to desrcibe it (it’s a very metaphorical death), but at least this design shows an ironic restraint that the original couldn’t hope to muster. $24.99 from Meme Engine

22. There’s a clever concept behind this one, whereas the original design is about one of the best bands of all time (not that I’m a fan), this design includes £18.55 from RedBubble

23. It’s classic, it has millions of followers, most comedians will cite it as being brilliant, but I don’t particularly care for it, and I’d rather watch Michael Palin making a travel documentary that cracking a joke, but even I accept there are few other comdey teams that deserve the EJ treatment. $19.99 from Modern Classic

24. I get the feeling that they probably need to add &Twitter to this, and maybe drop the GeoCities since no one under 20 is going to know what that means. $19.97 from Nerdy Shirts

25. Where’d ya buy that t-shirt, at the toilet store? $23 from the Names Brand

I hope you enjoyed this list and be sure to check out some the ultimate list of t-shirt lists (they aren’t all by me, but quite a few of them are!).

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