Trumpy Cat T-Shirt: Successful t-shirt designs can often be about creating a mash of seemingly unrelated subjects. In this case, why not take two of the biggest pop culture icons of the times and mash them together?
Not following? Here’s a visual illustration of how it works:
Grumpy Cat + Donald Trump = Trumpy Cat
“There are two types of people in this world, and I don’t like them.” – Grumpy cat
“I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness.” – Donald Trump
Ah hah, now I get it! Really, the two of them are pretty similar already. They both hate others, love attention, and have a pessimistic view of the world. (although Grumpy Cat’s view of Mexicans is still unknown)
Really it’s just a matter of giving Grumpy Cat a toupee, suit, and some eyebrows, and viola; “Trumpy Cat.”
Turns out that the same curiosity that cats show towards things that move or make noise probably also makes them afraid of something strange placed behind them while they are eating.
It’s probably a deep-seated survival instinct, and the cucumber represents a snake or predator sneaking up on them while they eat, but it’s funny!
Cats + Cucumbers = Funny
These cats would probably have the same reaction if other unknown objects were sneaked behind them, but something about cucumbers makes it funny.
It’s no doubt why the cats & cucumbers video has become an internet meme. Not sure who created the video, (it’s been seen over 5 million times!) but there’s also this t-shirt tribute, “CAT VS. CUCUMBER: Quit Scarin’ the Cat, OK?”
My Cat Is My Valentine T-Shirt – Did you know that more than 60% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day? Think of all those dumb Valentine cards and chocolates, not to mention the tie-wearing boobs who line up at the supermarket on the way home from work to buy overpriced flowers and stuffed bears.
Let others know that your love is reserved for someone special who can’t kill a stripper and then empty your bank account (sorry, does that not happen to other people?) with a “My Cat Is My Valentine t-shirt.
And what is Valentine’s Day anyway? No one really knows the details, but it was one of those Pagan Holidays like Christmas taken over by the church to be respectable, and renamed for St.Valentine to sound legitimate.
Well, 800 years later people are throwing money around on over-priced “Valentine” menus (go the day before when everything is normal price!) and watching horrible romantic comedies… sorry, I’d rather not participate!
There certainly are no shortage of memes involving cats, and one famous cat meme involves Ceiling Cat. Basically, it’s a funny picture of a cat looking through a hole in some drywall which was rotated so that it looks like the cat is looking down on us from the ceiling.
Ceiling Cat quickly gained God-like qualities, and the rest is history. Oh, and he apparently watches you masturbate. More: Who is Ceiling Cat?
Ceiling Cat is watching you masturbate
Anyway, it’s always nice when you can do a good job making a t-shirt out of an internet meme, which is the case with this Ceiling Cat t-shirt design from Chairman Meow:
Chairman Meow T-Shirts on KickStarter: Glorious leader Chairman Meow is offering propaganda t-shirts and poster art for the Kitty Revolution on KickStarter, promising that after the Revolution, supporters of Chairman Meow will be “the lucky ones.”
Looks like he has science behind his argument too, noting that climate change is actually extending cat breeding season, causing lots more feral cats. Uh oh!
We certainly support the Revolution, so count us in for a t-shirt.
Looks like they’re about half way to their goal, with 7 of the initial 14 days remaining.
I’m actually surprised that they haven’t reached their goal yet, but then again, I haven’t seen a lot of successful t-shirt campaigns on KickStarter. I guess the main drawback is the amount of time needed to make a campaign successful, and the low profit margin you get from screen-printing and selling (100?) t-shirts.
I’m going to research whether KickStarter is a good idea for this type of a project, or if you’d be better off using a site like TeeSpring instead.
Anyway, regardless of whether this campaign gets funded, I enjoyed Chairman Meow’s wisdom on their site. Also, I plan to use their $25 off coupon for TurboTax that I picked up on the site that’s going to save me $25 when I finally do my taxes. (But will there still be an American Government to write my check to by April 15th?)
Cat on a motorcycle – Purrfect Roadtrip: I came across this t-shirt on Threadless (designed by Nicholas Tankersley) recently, and it struck a chord with me. The idea of a cat-owning biker is funny, but on some level it really makes sense to me. I immediately make a connection between the motorcycle and the cat, and that is “independence.”
I have an uncle who has been riding Harleys his whole life, and has always been a huge cat person. He never wanted kids, and hasn’t been able to keep a job, although he’s got a brilliant mind. (He can take apart a car or helicopter’s engine and completely reassemble it from memory) It probably wasn’t until I saw this t-shirt that I made the connection between motorcycles and cats.
Think about it; cat owners don’t need the reassuring co-dependence that having dogs offer. They don’t stare out the window longingly when you leave the house, and don’t greet you at the door by jumping up and down and licking you when you leave for 10 minutes. Cats certainly enjoy the occasional tummy rub, or back scratch, but at the end of the day, they enjoy their independence. In fact, the cat that I had growing up would spend most of its time outdoors terrorizing birds and sitting in trees, and really just needed us for meals.
I’m not saying that cat owners are somehow morally superior, but I think, like bikers, they’re likely to crave some degree of independence. Back to the design; The retro Harley motorcycle makes it timeless. (Depicting one of those Japanese crotch-rockets wouldn’t work here) Nice use of color, (or, lack thereof) all black with a splash of red on the cat’s bandana, maybe representing that streak of independence I was talking about? Thoughts?
Upperatus Charity T-Shirts – T-shirt designs often accompany fund raising and charity work, & Upperatus has built their site around this concept. Every month they feature one design that directly benefits a charity, and they team up with a celebrity to promote it.
This month, the cause is Heal the Bay, and they’ve enlisted the help of classical singer Nathan Pacheco in the effort to sell t-shirts to directly benefit the cause.
I really hope this works out for them, as doing things idealistically and the “right” way is often more expensive and feels like swimming upstream. (For inspiration look at companies like Newman’s Own that have had a successful business and donated over 330 million to charity)
Here’s an idea of how we can all support their idea. Go buy one of their high quality American made t-shirts (with water-based inks) this month, and then contact me with your order confirmation. (subject: Upperatus) If you do, I’ll mention you at the bottom of this post with a link to your website.
So, for about $30 you get a great shirt, an $11 donation to Heal the Bay, and some potential traffic to your site. Not a bad investment. Go check them out at upperatus.com
Funny Dinosaur T-Shirts – So, for whatever reason we were inspired to do another post about funny dinosaur t-shirts.
It might not be enough to simply display vector art of dinosaurs on t-shirts to get people to take their wallets out. Because good clip art has become so readily available & technology has allowed anyone to be a “t-shirt designer,” the market is a bit flooded online. Sometimes with successful t-shirt design you have to be creative & push the envelope a little to get people’s attention.
This, “Ask me about my T-Rex” t-shirt does just that, and is the latest in the recent trend of shirts that you can flip on over your head to reveal the design on a second side. Not a bad ice breaker at a party! (Maybe wait until everyone has had a couple drinks to unleash the T-Rex though)
Also, the “Never Forget” dinosaur extinction t-shirt, and the “Dino DNA” (Jurassic Park) shirts are pretty funny too. Actually, great idea to take recognizable non-copyrighted elements like that from movies. Get the shirts here: