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August 23, 2009 8:33 AM   Subscribe

Will there be more MetaFilter t-shirts available? Specifically, t-shirts in men's lard-ass sizes?
posted by BitterOldPunk to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 AM (25 comments total)

Yes! We were just talking about this on the podcast on Friday. Matt ordered more, especially the tl;dr kind. The big deal is he has to order in bulk numbers so it's a bit of a feast/famine sort of thing; there are many and then there are few.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:36 AM on August 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hurrah!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:38 AM on August 23, 2009


bulk numbers

I see what you did there.
posted by hangashore at 8:45 AM on August 23, 2009 [4 favorites]


originally I said binge/purge instead of feast/famine and then thought better of it, but I'm not sure it was an improvement.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:57 AM on August 23, 2009


Yeah, I'll be restocking the store this week and making a metatalk announcement about it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:23 AM on August 23, 2009


I want to buy the shirt but I only support companies where the CEO would rub one out in front of me if asked.
posted by Loto at 9:43 AM on August 23, 2009 [6 favorites]


Why not put the MetaFilter t-shirt designs up on one of the online printing services like Printfection. If there is a concern about them being ordered by the general public, there may be a service which has a feature where you can somehow password-protect the purchasing pool, or something.

That way, pre-ordering in bulk would never be an issue, people can order whatever size they wish or need and have it appear on their doorstep in a week or so.

The big halloween party thing I attend every year has been doing t-shirts since 1994, and we've never been to happy as when we moved away from bulk pre-ordered printing and onto one of the print-on-demand services.
posted by hippybear at 10:30 AM on August 23, 2009


Since we are on the topic... those of you who have ordered shirts, have you ordered a size larger than normal, and is that a good size or too big?
posted by IndigoRain at 12:32 PM on August 23, 2009


Order a size larger than normal. Mine shrank woefully after I washed it and now I need a new big giant one.
posted by mygothlaundry at 2:08 PM on August 23, 2009


I've pretty much given up on ever getting a metafilter t-shirt that will fit. Maybe I should go ahead and get a tattoo instead. Mattdidthat's "Flag it and Move On" crown would look good on my arm.
posted by double block and bleed at 2:17 PM on August 23, 2009


I want to buy the shirt but I only support companies where the CEO would rub one out in front of me if asked.

I have yet to meet a dyed-in-the-wool CEO who would not be up for such a task at hand.
posted by loquacious at 2:54 PM on August 23, 2009


IndigoRain: From what I can tell, these "Royal Apparel" shirts have a very similar fit to AA shirts, if that's any help.

Of course, that may or not be useful to most. I happen to own a crapton of them due to random online places using them an my close proximity to a AA store.

For data, because I hear the "order one sizer larger" advice so often: With AA, I actually order a size smaller than I normally need to, just because of length. I'm very scrawny (at 151lbs, ~31" waist), and not particularly tall (6'1) but due to the way shirts normally fit, have what appears to be a long torso, so I usually end up ordering shirts too big to get them to be of a correct length, which leads to them being baggy. With AA shirts, I can order a medium instead of a large and it's perfectly long enough and fits well. Their "baby rib" stuff fits even better, even less width per unit of length.
posted by floam at 4:58 PM on August 23, 2009


I have a ton of objections to such big shirts.
posted by lukemeister at 6:20 PM on August 23, 2009


IndigoRain: "Since we are on the topic... those of you who have ordered shirts, have you ordered a size larger than normal, and is that a good size or too big?"

Do you weigh over, say 120lbs and are a woman? The women's XL is still too small for you. I washed mine and it shrunk enough to fit my pug. Order men's I'd say.
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:57 PM on August 23, 2009


Yes, my women's XL is about the same as what I would consider a normal medium. Which is to say, although I can squeeze myself inside it, there is no fucking way I could ever wear it in public.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:38 PM on August 23, 2009 [3 favorites]


although I can squeeze myself inside it, there is no fucking way I could ever wear it in public

Sing it, sister! I thought I was being conservative by ordering an XL, but by the time it came out of the dryer, I just looked at it and laughed.
posted by ambrosia at 10:44 PM on August 23, 2009


Do you weigh over, say 120lbs and are a woman?

I weigh a little more than that and am 5' 2" I ordered a medium and the shirt is TIGHT, not just snug but tight. Also the words are way up above my chest as if I'm wearing a kid's shirt. I'll go for a large next time.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:33 AM on August 24, 2009


One thing to note is that with this type of shirt (same goes for AA shirts) is that you have to be very careful washing them if you don't want them to shrink a ridiculous amount.

It seems to only matter for the first few washes then you can be a little more lax.

Wash cold, dry low. Hang drying is even better.

They are meant to be a bit snugger than the typical Hanes Beefy-T, so keep that in mind too.
posted by Loto at 6:56 AM on August 24, 2009


my shirts alright - i'd like a number or a name thing though - theres also a curry stain on it, can i send it back for a refund ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:03 AM on August 24, 2009


Speaking of lardasses, I think a "Special Snowflake" thong is needed immediately. XXXL, please. I'll make sure to wear low cut pants to the next meetup so everyone can gawk enviously.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:34 AM on August 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Tangentially related, but is there a super secret place where I could get myself one of those "more inside" maternity shirts I remember seeing a few years ago or did I completely miss the boat on that one? That would quickly become my new favorite shirt, if it's still possible to get one.
posted by zorrine at 9:38 AM on August 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I still really, really want a shirt with the logo but no slogan, and I plan to keep whining ineffectually about it.
posted by CunningLinguist at 2:33 PM on August 24, 2009


Given that the logo is just text, this would probably be pretty easy to create for yourself. (Though I imagine Matt probably would rather no one sold ones like that.)
posted by ocherdraco at 2:39 PM on August 24, 2009


I was pretty sure he put up a PSD file or something and said "woo hoo, roll your own!" was I dreaming?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:35 PM on August 24, 2009


I think a "Special Snowflake" thong is needed immediately.

I Bedazzled my own.
posted by little e at 1:31 AM on August 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


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