As Archi Zuber mentioned in today’s The Morning After post, some intrepid businessperson on the internet– specifically, a site called Teespring– has been selling a t-shirt that appears to be a total fucking… um… homage to the little Edwin Taking The Parrot For A Walk GIF that blew up the internet (relatively) late last month, having been conceived and executed, as I noted at the time, by Zubes and fellow DJFer Scott Johnson way back on May 1st.
No, really, I can’t possibly imagine where the idea came from:
At the time of writing this person has sold more than $3000 worth of the damn thing, which serves as a lesson well-learned for our lazy asses, but is also… I don’t know… probably kinda bullshit.
It’s not atypical, though, as it seems like knocked-off Jays paraphernalia is all the rage. Or… at least is kind of a thing. Witness, for example, these items I was alerted to the other week from reader Tristan, who explained to me that he “was down in San Francisco for the Jays’ mini-series and came across something weird I thought I’d throw your way. Got pulled into Urban Outfitters by my girl…and saw these hugely weird shirts riffing on the Jays’ logo (see attached). Some brand called Staple Pigeon. I’d never heard of it.”
“Came home,” he adds, “looked it up and apparently it’s a thing.”
That looks… uh… familiar. By which I, of course, mean, like another total fucking homage.
And, to be perfectly clear, I have no idea what is in or out of bounds, legally, when it comes to stuff like this– nor do I particularly care. Knock-offs for all, I say! It’s just… weird.
Tristan followed up his initial email with another What The Shirt? thing.
“Not that I’m trying to avail myself to you as some go-to fashion tipster,” he wrote, “but I’m back in town and stopped in at the Drake General Store on Bathurst last night… only to see this (kind of awesome) montrosity:”
The J. Peterman-esque copy from the Drake General Store site explains it thusly:
”Stand apart from the fair-weather fans with our unique take on the classic Blue Jays logo tee. An inside-out print and Japanese characters add a dose of Drake quirkiness, and our supersoft Supima cotton means this top is as delightful to wear as it is to look at. Pairs well with peanuts and Cracker Jacks.”
Ugh. Also… what the shirt? Maybe these sorts of items have always have been a thing and I’ve just never noticed. Or, at the very least, never been so bereft of content as to write a post about it. Gotta be one of those, right?