Monday, April 5, 2010
LOCATION: A supremely bizarre party 35 stories up on Wacker.
So, who is Jon Cheese?
Jon Cheese is the manager of a band called Limbeck. [Andy can tell I have never heard of this and very kindly spells out the band's name.] L-I-M-B-E-C-K.
Tell me about that band.
I saw that band when I was working at the Iowa State M-Shop. That's the Iowa State University venue.
You were a student there at the time?
I was a student there.
And they were just a band that came through?
Yep. And I, uh, I mean I hung out with the band and their t-shirts were like fifteen dollars and this one was only ten. So I picked out the Jon Cheese shirt.
So do you personally know Jon Cheese?
I actually met Jon Cheese. And he looks identical to this photograph. Or, to this screenprint.
Is he as awesome as he seems from the shirt?
I don't know, how awesome does he seem from the shirt?
He seems pretty awesome, in my opinion.
He's pretty much the same. He's got the 'stache, he's got the fro-ey hair. It was pretty amazing.
The band sells this shirt as merchandise. But there's no way that this shirt would tell me anything about that band.
No, not really. Not that I know of. Unless we're missing something.
Has anyone ever come up and asked you about it and learned about the band - other than the guy curating the blog?
I actually don't wear this shirt very often. I haven't done laundry in like two months. So this is like the last stack. No, nobody's ever come and asked me about Jon Cheese. Just you.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
LOCATION: Cole's, Logan Square
This t-shirt is actually something that I found at a Buffalo Exchange and I picked it up because I had to do a poetry reading and I wanted something interesting and it had a multi-colored robin, and it looks decent. But I feel like the gun is so like large and almost imposing.
It's kind of a threat to the bird.
Yes. But at the same time, like, maybe the bird is not really threatened at all and so it implies a sense of coolness.
The bird is so cool, the bird's not even afraid of the gun.
I would think so actually. I think there's something pretty about it.
So for you, the t-shirt is about the bird, not the gun.
Oh, definitely about the bird, yeah.
But people notice that gun.
I think that people do, yeah. I didn't pick it out - I wasn't like, "Oh, look at that awesome gun." I literally was like, "Wow, that's a great like robin-ish looking bird that's multi-colored, followed by a gun."
Do you have any specific affinity for robins?
Um, the person that I am dating currently is really into those types of birds, so I guess when I saw it immediately I thought at first maybe she would like it. It's kind of weird, but yeah, that's what I thought.
And does she like it?
Yeah, she loved it.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
LOCATION: Ricochet's, Lincoln Square
It wasn't always quite a pinkish hue. It used be more beige.
It got washed with some red shirts?
Something like that.
Tell me about what's on it.
Well, there's a fish on it and it says: "Lucky Hookers. Catch One Every Time. Guaranteed."
And where'd you get this shirt?
I got this as a Christmas gift a few years ago.
So your mom has a sense of humor, or did she not get the joke?
Nah, she has a sense of humor.
And when you wear this, do you think of your mom?
No, not really.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
LOCATION: house party, Wicker Park
[Cody's shirt was given to him for free by the apartment complex he lives in, called "The Automatic Lofts". Allegedly, the building was formerly either a telephone company or a telephone factory of some kind. Cody had a lot to say about wearing a shirt that was on the one hand an advertisement for a company he has no stake in but on the other hand is a very cool-looking shirt that doesn't necessarily appear to be an advertisement for anything. Unfortunately, a very loud argument was taking place in the next room and completely drowned out our voices on my recorder. The interview was then cut short by that argument escalating into a spectacular fist fight. It was a very exciting evening but an unfortunate loss for the T-Shirt Project. Thanks, Cody, for your time.]