Over the weekend, looking at the designs and whatnot, I can truly say that this is the first Derby where there doesn't seem to be one shirt in the Top 10 that I would actually want or wear.
Just looking at the Top 4 :
ANATOMY TEST : If I was a med student I might find the shirt funny, but I'm not, so to me it's just a green shirt with a bunch of post its on it.
POCKET FISHMAN : It's a cool looking design, but I don't think I'd want to wear it. I say that because I don't know where I'd wear it. I can't wear that to a bar, I wouldn't wear that out with my girlfriend, and if I wore it to work I'd get weird stares.
COULDN'T AFFORD A HOODIE : I own hoodies, if I want the hoodie look I'll wear one of them.
SOUL GLOW : The popularity of this design baffles me. I guess people are reading into it as showing the "inner glow that people have", but to me it's nothing more that a candle in a red box. I'd never actually wear that, mainly because I wouldn't want to answer the inevitable questions that would go along with it, questions like, "Why are you wearing a shirt with a candle in a red box?".
Then just scanning through the rest of the shirts :
Why would I want to own a shirt that has coffee stains all over it. Normally when I have a shirt that has coffee stains on it, I either throw it out or wear it when I'm painting something.
The Pez dispenser design is really cool, and if I saw it in stores around Halloween time I'd consider snagging it, but in February I don't think I'd buy it. Same goes for the Muppet Shawl.
The only shirt of the bunch that I would actually buy and regularly wear is Peace. That's a simple design that you can wear without attracting attention from everyone. Sadly, it has no chance of placing in the top 3.
I'm not insulting the artists, as they are much more skilled in designing detailed graphics than I am, I'm just saying that this Derby seems to be littered with unwearable designs.
I like some ugly shirts now and again, heck I bought that "Don't Feed ..." shirt earlier this week, however that seems wearable to me. These shirts, not so much.