hotcha wrote:How about now?
It's kinda hard to take your point that supporters of this shirt need to be open minded when you yourself seem to be broadly insulting everyone who likes it.
He has a very valid point on BOTH fronts.
To his first point: the community is predictable and easy to manipulate. Go to shirt.what.com, browse some of the past derbies, and have fun. Designs that are cutesy, feature stick figures, and incorporate elements of anime consistently fog and print. Hell, it's what wooters buy. Want a sellout? Give them what they want. Yes, these past couple of weeks, we've been getting some fairly artistic and outside the box designs, but this still largely holds true. These stereotypical "woot" designs tend to sellout more often than their anomalous, artistic counterparts.
To his second point: "Fairly mindless nostalgia pieces" isn't an insult. Furthermore, even if it was, it's not consumer-based. What this is saying is that there isn't a lot of creative thought needed when you're plastering a game controller on a shirt or making a shirt look like a gameboy. Yes, there are ways to have nostalgic pieces not be mindless, which he acknowledged in the rest of the sentence that you strangely didn't feel the need to quote. Would I rank this shirt in that category? Probably not, but I love the shirt and will buy one, because it is GOING to print.
I mean, if you feel insulted by either of those, fine. But looking at them objectively, they are both observations of two very real things around these parts.
As for the great shirt debate: Did anyone actually WATCH the cartoon clip? Distressed or not, these baby turtles look NOTHING like those baby turtles. More importantly, the cartoon had HOT PINK/PURPLE ooze coming out of a sewer pipe and the turtles were covered in it with a large puddle on the floor. Not even close to a shattered test tube. Yes, I'm aware that the scene in the movie is a LOT more similar, but then use THAT to make a point. It's the best example, barring the comics because I haven't had the privilege of seeing the turtles' origin in comic form.