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METAFILTER SHIRTS ARE HERE! METAFILTER SHIRTS ARE HERE!

Finally, after months of prep and research into obscure postage rules and searching for a non-skeevy tshirt company, we have 300 shirts sitting in my garage that I am ready to fold up, stuff into envelopes, and mail your way. The new mefi shirt shop is here.

Unfortunately, our initial goal of getting the shop up a month before the anniversary ran into delays when we had to change shirt manufacturers and had to wait a few weeks for shirts to show up from the new company. If you're in the US and you order a shirt by Tuesday, it should get to you by Friday or so in time for the 10th parties. Outside of the US, it will unfortunately take at least a week to get there.

Printing is actual screen printing (big thanks to Devils Rancher for printing them at his employer) on Royal Apparel shirts (which run a tad snug like American Apparel shirts) in sizes from Small to 2XL (both mens and womens) and even 3X in mens. There are MeFi catchphrases on the front, with a small MetaFilter logo on the back. Shirts are $15 and shipping is $5 US, $10 International. All sales are handled by PayPal and you must list your current mailing address in your PayPal profile if you want the shirts sent to the right place.

If the sales go well, expect to see new designs in the future. I may also be selling the last of the old blue original MetaFilter shirts from a couple years ago.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 9:18 PM (301 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

FRIST!
posted by Eideteker at 9:22 PM on July 10, 2009


Special snowflake! That's my [ ! ] design!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:23 PM on July 10, 2009


tl;dr.
posted by eamondaly at 9:25 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm waiting for either [!] on a shirt or "Flag it and move on".
posted by Eideteker at 9:26 PM on July 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


Snowflake here. Sometimes I miss living in a cold climate.
posted by tangerine at 9:27 PM on July 10, 2009


Matt: Would you consider Google checkout for payment processing? I'm not a fan of paypal, and I signed up before you started charging.

Not only that, but the paypal accounts I did create, I haven't logged onto for years. I have no idea what the passwords are. I would imagine other people have similar issues.

In other words: Paypal sucks! but Google sucks to a lesser extent, and offers similar services!
posted by delmoi at 9:27 PM on July 10, 2009


Seconding the Flag it and move on slogan!
posted by Phire at 9:31 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


You should be able to make a paypal payment without having an actual paypal account; look for the "don't have an account" type text in the bottom right of the checkout screen, it should let you make a one-off payment with any major credit card.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:32 PM on July 10, 2009


I have one of the bluish/tealish/greenish shirts from a couple years ago. My wife laughs at it every time she sees it. Every time.
posted by brain_drain at 9:32 PM on July 10, 2009 [4 favorites]


Yeah, we might add Google Checkout support to it soon. Maybe in a week or two when the crazyiness of party planning dies down.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:32 PM on July 10, 2009


Any chance of a shirt with the mefi logo on front and no catchphrase at all?

Otherwise I demand a "The." shirt.
posted by mullacc at 9:33 PM on July 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Also, we will eventually think of some way to post shots of members wearing said shirts on the shirt detail pages. I guess when you get one and take a photo, upload it flickr with a "mefishirt" tag and we can monitor that for new ones to add.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:34 PM on July 10, 2009


Seconding a "The." shirt. Or one that says, "I, too, frequent that internet site you like so much."
posted by Eideteker at 9:34 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


For those of us coming to PDX for the meetup, might we be able to purchase them locally?
posted by rtha at 9:35 PM on July 10, 2009


(Though it just occurred to me - $25 USD for a T-shirt. Ouch.)
posted by Phire at 9:36 PM on July 10, 2009


YAY YAY YAY BOUGHT!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:39 PM on July 10, 2009


What
posted by lukemeister at 9:40 PM on July 10, 2009


You mean like this, Matt?
posted by humannaire at 9:42 PM on July 10, 2009


Printing is actual screen printing (big thanks to Devils Rancher for printing them at his employer)

LET THE RECORD SHOW that this is a man who said this after the Austin SXSW meetup, and now is printing these shirts of awesomeness.

Not an expert my ass.
posted by dw at 9:42 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


tu;ca.

too unemployed;cannot afford (nice idea, though)
posted by heyho at 9:44 PM on July 10, 2009 [8 favorites]


For those of us coming to PDX for the meetup, might we be able to purchase them locally?

I guess yeah, I could bring some with me and cut down on the shipping workload in my garage. Buy them and send me an email or something immediately after so I can note which order is yours that doesn't need to be shipped, and I promise to give you a shirt and your $5 change (for not having to ship it) at the party.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:45 PM on July 10, 2009


Oh hey!

As a result of the Skeevy-CEO outrage at the original American Apparel sizing thread, we've gone & gotten an account with Royal Apparel, and I'd like to say that they do make a fine quality shirt. Cheerfuly shipped with accuracy & swiftness, not one reject in a batch of 300, and excellent not-leering, drooling customer service. When I got the area rep on the phone & explained my dilemma, he laughed out loud & said that Charney was one of Royal's best salespeople. I was impressed by their organization as well as their product. Comperably priced, too. I see them poised to take a big bite out of Am Ap's hide.

I'm trying to push them to all new clients who are initially seeking American Apparel. I was taken aback initially by the sheer level of vitriol, but after doing some further reading was able to see where everyone was coming from. We've bought a ton of Am Ap shirts in the last 2 years, and I'd like to swing that away from them as I can.

And if the yellow on the back doesn't look right, CALIBRATE YOUR MONITOR! Hope everybody loves 'em. I feel honored & humbled to be Metafilter's printer.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:47 PM on July 10, 2009 [12 favorites]


PS: I'd like a "I've been used to being SILENCED ALL MY LIFE" t-shirt.
posted by dw at 9:48 PM on July 10, 2009 [9 favorites]


Yay! Is there a reason why the "tl;dr" shirt doesn't come in Men's 3X? I wanted the full set!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:48 PM on July 10, 2009


Not an expert my ass.

I blame Cold Coffee Waitress.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:49 PM on July 10, 2009


I'm going to wear my new tl;dr shirt every time I do my homework. And my boyfriend's going to rue this day because I will never get sick of that joke.
posted by lilac girl at 9:50 PM on July 10, 2009


I guess yeah, I could bring some with me and cut down on the shipping workload in my garage.

Thank you, sir!
posted by rtha at 9:51 PM on July 10, 2009


DEAR SIR:

I HAVE PERUSED YOUR OFFERING AND I WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER MY DISPLEASURE. TO MY GREAT DISMAY, YOUR OFFERING FAILS TO MEET MY INCREDIBLY IDIOSYNCRATIC NEEDS AND DESIRES. PLEASE RETHINK YOUR OFFERING SO THAT YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY CATERING TO PRECISELY WHAT I (AND I ALONE) AM INTERESTED IN.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

YOURS &C.,

DERSINS, ESQ.
posted by dersins at 9:51 PM on July 10, 2009 [16 favorites]


cowbellmoo, someone already snagged our only tl;dr Men's 3XL. As soon as we sell out, it's not available on the site anymore. We don't have too many at the 3XL and 2XL sizes.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:52 PM on July 10, 2009


Everyone does need a hug.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:52 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dang, I'm gonna get so many hugs now.
posted by carsonb at 9:52 PM on July 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yeah, that's right. I got THAT Metafilter shirt: The limited edition one, produced exclusively in MetaBlue.
posted by humannaire at 9:52 PM on July 10, 2009


cowbellmoo, someone already snagged our only tl;dr Men's 3XL.

Ẇ̡̹̠̳̊̀ͩ͠H̢̗̥̘͈͈͉́͂͑͛͒͡O̡̼̝͇ͥ͌͐̐ͯ̚͝?̲̹͚̗̰ͧͫ̈ͮ̅̚͟
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:56 PM on July 10, 2009


No elephants pissing? No chicken fucking? No beans? No cameras? No DTMFA? No flag it and move on? No go fuck a rainbow? No portobellos? No SCIENCE?

DO YOU EVEN READ THIS GODDAMN SITE OR WHAT

I just figured I'd summarize the next hundred comments
posted by middleclasstool at 9:58 PM on July 10, 2009 [12 favorites]


mathowie, you'll get a mefimail in minute from gingerbeer, my better half, who has just placed an order for shirts for us. Thanks again! See you at the meetup.
posted by rtha at 9:59 PM on July 10, 2009


I'm broke as a joke but I just bought a "Special snowflake" shirt. Wooooooo!
posted by dead cousin ted at 10:00 PM on July 10, 2009


That was quicker than I expected - purchased!

Also, the masses demand a [!] shirt immediately.
posted by cgomez at 10:05 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh, Devils Rancher, pb got one of the first shirts test-shipped (I had to make sure my fancy label printer did its magic) and there was a big hole in the chest of his shirt. So far, that's the only dud I've seen as they all look great.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:07 PM on July 10, 2009


Is there a size chart on the Royal Apparel website? I am apparently to obtuse to find it.
posted by chiababe at 10:07 PM on July 10, 2009


I'm holding out for the April Fools shirt that will change colors ever so subtly as I wear it.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:09 PM on July 10, 2009 [19 favorites]


I like them, snagged one of the few 3x Special Snowflake editions.

I think a future edition should include

"I'll cut my left hand off... Metafilter"
posted by edgeways at 10:09 PM on July 10, 2009


I may have to order one of these.

When I'm sober enough to remember if I have a Paypal password. Paypal hates me.
posted by sperose at 10:12 PM on July 10, 2009


there was a big hole in the chest of his shirt

*waves bloody stump* AAUUGGH!
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:14 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is it too much to ask for a green [more inside] t-shirt?
posted by felix betachat at 10:14 PM on July 10, 2009 [10 favorites]


Also, the masses demand a [!] shirt immediately.

yeah -
also is Canada international?

awww... wrong answer - i mean $10 bucks to Australia ok... but Ontario? come on!
posted by sloe at 10:21 PM on July 10, 2009


I'm holding out for the April Fools shirt that will change colors ever so subtly as I wear it.

You're welcome
.
posted by dersins at 10:21 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


"I'll cut my left hand off... Metafilter"

I was going to suggest this, but then thought better of it in case son of minya decided to sue. Comments are the property of their authors, flames and all.

I eagerly await the lineup of Treaties shirts.
posted by Eideteker at 10:23 PM on July 10, 2009



PS: I'd like a "I've been used to being SILENCED ALL MY LIFE" t-shirt.


This. Times one million.

Also,
"I actually know far more about this subject that I think you can imagine."

and finally,
something from the guy who just came in here looking for a used car.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:25 PM on July 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


No Treaty of Westphalia?
posted by kldickson at 10:27 PM on July 10, 2009


also is Canada international?

I wish it wasn't but yeah, it requires loads of special customs forms and international shipping.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:29 PM on July 10, 2009


there was a big hole in the chest of his shirt

To be fair, it wasn't that big. It looks like pencil punctured it which could have happened in shipping.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:29 PM on July 10, 2009


FYI whatever change you just made to the top header to add the "Shop" link has caused that annoying useless horizontal scrollbar thing in Fx 2 to reappear.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:32 PM on July 10, 2009


To be fair, it wasn't that big. It looks like pencil punctured it which could have happened in shipping.

Pencil punctures are not a normal form of shipping damage and you should probably have a talk with your mail carrier. Did you leave a Christmas tip?
posted by contraption at 10:32 PM on July 10, 2009


I think that was me that ordered the 3x tl;dr shirt.
posted by pjern at 10:32 PM on July 10, 2009


I'm holding out for the April Fools shirt that will change colors ever so subtly as I wear it.

My shirts tend to do that over the course of a meal.
posted by pjern at 10:34 PM on July 10, 2009 [3 favorites]


Pencil punctures are not a normal form of shipping damage and you should probably have a talk with your mail carrier.

Or have a talk with your boss about opening boxes full of fabric with a box cutter instead of peeling the packing tape off.
posted by carsonb at 10:37 PM on July 10, 2009


Yeah, I can't believe I just bought one too considering the extent of my brokeness. Damn you, Metafilter!
posted by diocletian at 10:48 PM on July 10, 2009


I'd like to request a "I was quoting SCIENCE" shirt.
posted by dead cousin ted at 10:53 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Great job on the shirts; they're fantastic, even though I'm not one to buy t-shirts generally.

Nevertheless, I do believe a [!] shirt would tip me over, just on the off-chance a fellow MeFite would see me with it, run over, and press on the !.

hopefully gently
posted by davejay at 10:55 PM on July 10, 2009


I think Matt overthought a plate of beans.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:57 PM on July 10, 2009


there was a big hole in the chest of his shirt.

Mine was all fucking shredded!!! later on
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:59 PM on July 10, 2009


I think that was me that ordered the 3x tl;dr shirt.

I'll yield gracefully to your lower user number. Nerd Thunderdome can wait for a future grievance.
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:02 PM on July 10, 2009


On the main shop page the first three shirts have each word capitalized, but on the individual shirt pages only the first word is capitalized. It's not going to affect my decision to buy a shirt, but I'm curious which of the images is accurate.
posted by des at 11:06 PM on July 10, 2009


Any chance of getting a blank shirt with with no logo? Not even the MetaFilter logo on the back. Just a plain shirt.
posted by ageispolis at 11:07 PM on July 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


Oh, and I'll put my chit in for a future "Nerd Thunderdome" t-shirt.
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:08 PM on July 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


You misspelled "metalfilter".
posted by Iron Rat at 11:12 PM on July 10, 2009


FYI whatever change you just made to the top header to add the "Shop" link has caused that annoying useless horizontal scrollbar thing in Fx 2 to reappear.

It should be temporary, as the 10th link will disappear in about a week and a half after the parties are done.

On the main shop page the first three shirts have each word capitalized, but on the individual shirt pages only the first word is capitalized. It's not going to affect my decision to buy a shirt, but I'm curious which of the images is accurate.

Oops, I'll try fixing those, the images on the front page are the correct ones that got printed.

Any chance of getting a blank shirt with with no logo? Not even the MetaFilter logo on the back. Just a plain shirt.

If you're not joking, you can order them on the Royal Apparel site directly.


As for everyone's suggested future designs, we considered a pile of about 20 possible ones and tried to pick out the most obvious, most used, and most loved things (GYOFB and DTMFA were in the pile but I thought they were too negative for a shirt slogan).

I've seen [+] [!] stickers at the NYC meetup. They're so small and short they'd look weird on a shirt though.

Also, holy shit, but in the first two hours I have forty orders to pack tonight and drop off at the post office tomorrow morning. In a couple weeks when I've learned a bit more of the ins and outs of this whole shipping yourself thing, I'll finally resurrect fortuito.us and make a "how to run your own t-shirt shop" post since I couldn't for the life of me find a decent tutorial online. There are tons of things to know about shipping and the products to make that easier (I have a really cool USB scale for weighing and a perfect postage label printer).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:31 PM on July 10, 2009


Glaaargh. I hope there are some available in the first week of August, which is when I'll have spare money next. goddamn bills and groceries, goddamn!
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:33 PM on July 10, 2009


Can someone please confirm having used a credit card as per cortex's post about paypal? Can I pay with a credit card? I absolutely will not do paypal. And I absolutely must have a shirt. Anyone?
posted by VikingSword at 11:51 PM on July 10, 2009


I've seen [+] [!] stickers at the NYC meetup. They're so small and short they'd look weird on a shirt though.

Yeah, but a gigantic [!] that takes up nearly the entire shirt would be fantastic, if that's even possible. Like this, only with brackets!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:55 PM on July 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was hoping we'd be able to get lederhosen with the Metafilter logo. Across the ass. In rhinestones.
posted by little e at 12:00 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ordered one from Japan! $15 for the shirt, $10 for the shipping, ouch. And I guess I won't be getting it in time for the meetup on the 18th though... boo. But I'm really looking forward to getting it! Oh, and I'd totally buy a "flag it and move on" tee.
posted by misozaki at 12:07 AM on July 11, 2009


Is there a size chart on the Royal Apparel website? I am apparently to obtuse to find it.

chiababe, I had trouble finding it, too. Click product details on the brown banner up on the top of the Royal Apparel site, then scroll down. There's a PDF file size chart.
posted by misozaki at 12:12 AM on July 11, 2009


I blame Cold Coffee Waitress.

Calling her a "waitress" implies she provided table-waiting service, so I'm not sure it's the right term for her.
posted by dw at 12:17 AM on July 11, 2009


SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE IN THE HOUSE
posted by scody at 12:32 AM on July 11, 2009


VikingSword, yeah, paypal does plain old credit card processing now (in addition to the stuff they used to do). Just try it and see.

Surprised to see no plates of beans. Or buckets of cocks.
posted by hattifattener at 12:36 AM on July 11, 2009



Can someone please confirm having used a credit card as per cortex's post about paypal? Can I pay with a credit card? I absolutely will not do paypal. And I absolutely must have a shirt. Anyone?


Yes, you can do it without signing up for a Paypal account. Add it to your cart, click proceed to checkout, and then on the next page, bottom left you can click "continue" to pay via a credit card.
posted by Ugh at 12:36 AM on July 11, 2009


[!] MetaFilter Shirt

Either way, I'm content with the special snowflake shirt that will arrive shortly.

Who would wear one that had every sixcolors AskMe question on it? I kid.
posted by cgomez at 12:56 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


I'm curious: why are people against using paypal?
posted by jouke at 1:04 AM on July 11, 2009


mathowie writes "I wish it wasn't but yeah, it requires loads of special customs forms and international shipping."

Matt if we Canucks got organized would you consider sending out a batch all at once? I'll even volunteer to redistribute if we can get the within Canada shipping down below break even. It's not only the US$10 in shipping; it'll cost us $5 plus GST each for brokerage. Sending a single box with a dozen shirts in it would still be just $5. And it would save you all that customs form filling.

jouke writes "I'm curious: why are people against using paypal?"

paypal sucks
.
posted by Mitheral at 1:16 AM on July 11, 2009


Aha.
posted by jouke at 1:33 AM on July 11, 2009


When will the underwear with slogans appear?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:03 AM on July 11, 2009


When will the underwear with slogans appear?

yeh, a green thong with AskMe on the front would be a timeless piece.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:14 AM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Boxers with tl;dr.
posted by Skorgu at 3:47 AM on July 11, 2009 [6 favorites]


Boxers with [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 3:49 AM on July 11, 2009 [12 favorites]


Did anyone else not get a confirmation page after checking out on PayPal?
I got a receipt back from paypal, but, I can't tell if the order actually went through or not.
posted by yeoz at 3:52 AM on July 11, 2009


Just so long as the [more inside] goes on the front, not the rear.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:55 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Tighty-whiteys with "First!"
posted by item at 4:00 AM on July 11, 2009


damn....all out of any of the 3x. oh well. Plus i would have gotten a Flag it and move on.
posted by ShawnString at 4:09 AM on July 11, 2009


I bought one of the old shirts and wear it regularly, so I was excited to see this thread. I didn't buy from mattdidthat because I think that he shouldn't profit from the sale of Metafilter shirts, but the truth is that all of his Metafilter designs are better than any of these. I hope for improved designs in the future; if that happened I would surely buy another shirt. I don't even like to read tired in-jokes; why would I pay to prominently display one on my body?
posted by Kwine at 4:14 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


(GYOFB and DTMFA were in the pile but I thought they were too negative for a shirt slogan).

whut


(I would have preferred either of those. But I'm a negative sort. Any chance of those in the future?)
posted by CunningLinguist at 4:16 AM on July 11, 2009


A .pdf of the size chart is here. No, I have no idea why they felt a need to make that a .pdf.
posted by JoanArkham at 4:47 AM on July 11, 2009


[!] and [+] should be done as metal pins, like tie-tacks or something, or better yet, military rank insignia. That way we can wear them on our epaulettes and for the MefiArmy, our uniform colors of Blue, Green, Grey, Still Yet Darker Grey, and White denoting, Trek-like, which faction we belong to.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:50 AM on July 11, 2009 [7 favorites]


"Yeah, but a gigantic [!] that takes up nearly the entire shirt would be fantastic"

Indeed. I can see these in use at meetups, as people walk up to annoying strangers, punch them in the chest, and then wait for a list of options to appear in midair.
posted by Eideteker at 4:51 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


I am disturbed by the lack of TATERS
posted by fire&wings at 4:59 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


> Matt if we Canucks got organized would you consider sending out a batch all at once?

Canadian attendees of the Toronto meetup can have their shirts shipped to me. I'll deliver them to you next Saturday night at the Troubador.

This will probably be faster than shipping through USPS->Canada Post.

Memail me for my address. I will need your real name and address too, so I can put your shirts in the post if we fail to make a hookup.
posted by ardgedee at 5:10 AM on July 11, 2009


OH MAN! I have three to five buisness days to prep my arms for HUGS! (I'm practicing on a pillow)
posted by piratebowling at 5:11 AM on July 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


I should note: Put your orders in early. I'm leaving home on Thursday morning, so shirts that arrive after Wednesday won't be traveling with me.
posted by ardgedee at 5:19 AM on July 11, 2009


Aww, it looks like all the large sizes have sold out already.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:50 AM on July 11, 2009


Oh, Devils Rancher, pb got one of the first shirts test-shipped (I had to make sure my fancy label printer did its magic) and there was a big hole in the chest of his shirt.

VS.

To be fair, it wasn't that big. It looks like pencil punctured it which could have happened in shipping.

pb should be moderating, not coding.
posted by gman at 5:55 AM on July 11, 2009


I'm sorry, I'm not giving my money to a company that supports the molly-coddling of Third World children so they waste time in idle play when they could be earning and keeping trim through the loss of extraneous limbs and digits; especially where the CEO is some frigid Puritan who won't even pleasantly surprise his staff with team-building Onanistic horse-play.
posted by Abiezer at 6:08 AM on July 11, 2009 [8 favorites]


[+]'ting the request for [!]

I wouldn't want it quite as large as the entire front of the shirt. Something more like this, would think. It's big enough to make out at a glance if you know what it is, but small enough that you don't look like you're inviting people to body slam you to flag your shirt.
posted by elfgirl at 6:28 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


^I would think. Jeez louise, my typo count is legendary lately.
posted by elfgirl at 6:29 AM on July 11, 2009


To be fair, it wasn't that big. It looks like pencil punctured it which could have happened in shipping.

As a former commercial screen-printing apprentice, I can tell you that 100-1 odds are that the hole came with the shirt from the manufacturer and simply slipped past everybody's quality control. There really isn't anything in a screen printing shop or shipping that causes puncture damage (burns, stains, dirt, stretches, and tears are a different story). Some companies are better than others, but sometimes we would get orders there would be 3-4 damaged shirts per dozen gross. We would send them back for credit if we caught it in time, but sometimes you don't catch the damage until the shirt is on the platen with ink on it. On occasion, you don't catch it at all.
posted by mrmojoflying at 6:38 AM on July 11, 2009


I'm just so glad the t-shirts premiered on late Friday night and early Saturday morning, thus favoring the 300 of us with the most utterly pathetic dearth of any social life whatsoever.

Suck my special snowflake, cool kids!
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:43 AM on July 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


MeFites who go around wearing DTMFA on a shirt are going to be sorely disappointed when all sorts of people come up to them and gush, "Oh, I read Savage Love too! Where'd you get that shirt?"

But then, I know we're all special snowflakes and we surely would have eventually arrived at that expression independently...
posted by hermitosis at 6:45 AM on July 11, 2009


and simply slipped past everybody's quality control.

THIS is why I cut off my hand up-thread. We're primarily a shipping company. We print & ship shirts for online retailers -- I run but a small department, as we ship tons of other stuff, too. I have about 5% of the warehouse space for screen printing.

We have lots of sophisticated tracking software, as we handle phone service and email trouble-tickets for most of our clients, too. Until today, do you know haw many reject t-shirts generated trouble tickets this year? (we print about 15,000 shirts a month)

One.

I'd cut off my other hand, but it's hard to type with two bloody stumps.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:48 AM on July 11, 2009


Is there a "not-so-special snowflake"?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:50 AM on July 11, 2009


Ordered Everyone Needs a Hug! Hopefully creepy strangers won't accost me for hugs. Only Metafilter creepy strangers need apply.
posted by chiababe at 6:51 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Will "Tater Wear" be in the next batch of shirts?

(inspiration)
posted by jayder at 6:59 AM on July 11, 2009


Oh but oh, I would love these in MetaFilter Blue! (And perhaps "Please Hope Me" in AskMe Green.)

Also, I would totally get a (blue) shirt that says "Flag it and move on" or "HI I'M ON METAFILTER AND I COULD OVERTHINK A PLATE OF BEANS" - shipping costs be damned!
posted by Lush at 7:04 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


"small enough that you don't look like you're inviting people to body slam you to flag your shirt."

I dunno, this sound like a design failure to me.
posted by Eideteker at 7:30 AM on July 11, 2009


I like to see one with "lurker" or "Get off my lawn!"
posted by kudzu at 7:51 AM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Damn, sent my letter asking for a shirt too early.

I want one of the originals. I'll send you a check.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:58 AM on July 11, 2009


SPECIAL SNOWFL...wow. seems kinda warm. uh oh....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:27 AM on July 11, 2009


Women's 2XL (that seems so wrong that I apparently land in that category, but whatever) is already sold out for the hug and snowflake shirts? :( What would that translate to in the men's sizes?
posted by bristolcat at 8:28 AM on July 11, 2009


I almost got the "everyone needs a hug" but since I work in Berkeley I was afraid I would be required to walk the walk and just.... ewww. No.
posted by small_ruminant at 8:40 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dammit, all you fatties already took the men's sizes!

I'm just big boned!
posted by graventy at 8:42 AM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Dammit, the men's small in tl;dr is all out.

ts;cb
posted by defenestration at 8:45 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Aww, it looks like all the large sizes have sold out already.

NOT THINIEST.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:07 AM on July 11, 2009


We have t-shirts.

I bought one as soon as I got up this morning.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:24 AM on July 11, 2009


Aww, it looks like all the large sizes have sold out already.

That's because according to the Royal Apparel website, we're all going to look like this in those shirts.

I should've gotten two.
posted by headnsouth at 9:26 AM on July 11, 2009


That's because according to the Royal Apparel website, we're all going to look like this in those shirts.

Well mostly, but it throws my back out when I strike that pose too long.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:29 AM on July 11, 2009


Any photos of real people wearing the shirts?
posted by smackfu at 9:35 AM on July 11, 2009


I'm bringing iron-ons and blank shirts to the meetup*, so we can all have special and magical shirts of our own liking. Take that, all you other meetups!

* this won't actually happen, because I don't think the park would have outlets, and I'm not sure if the Formosa Cafe wants its patrons wielding hot irons.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:38 AM on July 11, 2009


Oh, how that size chart fills me with rage and angst and woe. I wanted actual measurements in inches/cm (hell, I'd be happy with ångströms, ffs), not a vague and perplexing "SM = 0-4" handwave. *sobs*

I HATE THAT, BY GOD. How can a size 4 be both small AND medium? Why must you plague me with your dualistic nature, t-shirts? Logically, should you not be 5-8 for medium, 9-12 for large, 13-14 for xl, and OH LOOK A PLATE OF BEANS NOM NOM NOM.
posted by elizardbits at 9:43 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


The first 50 orders are being dropped at my local post office in about an hour. I'll be shipping the rest of the weekend orders first thing Monday morning.

Looks like tl;dr is selling the best and we have lots of sold out shirts in all designs in the smallest and biggest sizes. I didn't think they'd go this fast!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:44 AM on July 11, 2009


Well. we ARE all sitting in front of our computers naked, waiting to be clothed. Can you whip up some pants as well?
posted by readery at 9:48 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


If those uline envelopes and dymo labels weren't made by hand of organic recyclable materials in U.S.-based small businesses owned by women and/or minorities, then cancel my order.

I kid.
posted by headnsouth at 9:52 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Selling like the proverbial hotcakes on the bunny's head.
posted by klangklangston at 10:10 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Aww, it looks like all the large sizes have sold out already.

*weeps, gnashes teeth*
posted by deborah at 10:13 AM on July 11, 2009


It looks like plenty of Large left to me?
posted by smackfu at 10:19 AM on July 11, 2009


Personally, I'd love to see these make a return.

Also, no "Who here likes pancakes?"
posted by me3dia at 10:19 AM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


"I actually know far more about this subject than I think you can imagine."

Please.
posted by y6y6y6 at 10:24 AM on July 11, 2009


I propose you call the shirt section MeTee.
posted by cardboard at 10:27 AM on July 11, 2009


What, no MeFi fedora?

I hope my order squeaked in before the large supply ran out (I'm not ACTUALLY large, of course; I just expect t-shirts to shrink down in the wash. Also, people tell me I have a natural accent).
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:31 AM on July 11, 2009


It looks like plenty of Large left to me?

I meant large as in "relative to the other sizes available" not large as in actual size large. When I looked, the 3Xx were all gone, as were most of the 2Xs.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:33 AM on July 11, 2009


The first 50 orders are being dropped...

My shirt is in that box! I'm pretending it's the envelope just peeking out of the lower left corner.

Giving up all hope of being cool now that I've bought a website-themed shirt and made up a narrative for it
posted by donnagirl at 10:38 AM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


All of the men's 3x sizes are sold out.

I'm pissed, but I am going to laugh my ass off the next time I read a "you hurf durfers just need to eat less" post.
posted by gnomeloaf at 10:46 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Darn...no shirt for me...guess I'm just too fat and too slow.
posted by candyland at 10:56 AM on July 11, 2009


yay I got a hug in my size :)

Now, my complaint about teh Paypal, my credit card is from singapore where I "live" but I am currently here in Finland on a project long enough to make me want to have it shipped here, and paypal won't give me that choice, so the address I have is Finnish but the country is given as Singapore. have left the "merchant" anote to please remove the word singapore from the address after Finland ;p

second complaint: where is the plate of beans *sulks and pouts*
posted by infini at 10:59 AM on July 11, 2009


Metafilter 10th Anniversary: I didn't think they'd go this fast! posted by mathowie
posted by infini at 11:01 AM on July 11, 2009


Woohoo, I got a women's 2XL Special Snowflake. Given that they are now sold out, I feel like even more of a special snowflake. *preens*
posted by sineala at 11:10 AM on July 11, 2009


Yay snowflake!
posted by subbes at 11:14 AM on July 11, 2009


>is Canada international?
I wish it wasn't but yeah


Imperialist Yankee pig! Also, if you end up having to make more, would there be a chance of putting together a run of shirts with just the logo on the front?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:24 AM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


sonafa. the 3X is all gone in the ones i wanted.

order more big shirts for us fatties next time!
posted by misanthropicsarah at 12:08 PM on July 11, 2009


Pulled the trigger on Men's XL "Special Snowflake," my choice as the pick of the litter.

While I'm 300 miles away from the nearest 10th anniversary meetup, I do plan on wearing my cool new shirt to a Pro-Drug Rally in a few weeks (I'm hosting it in my basement.)
posted by porn in the woods at 12:16 PM on July 11, 2009


MetaFilter: I got a hug in my size :)
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:22 PM on July 11, 2009 [9 favorites]


Got a tl;dr in my size, nice!
posted by kudzu at 12:25 PM on July 11, 2009


Sigh, my pref sold out already. Flag It and Move on shirt, pleeeeaaase. It's excellent that you got shirts in female sizing.
posted by theora55 at 12:37 PM on July 11, 2009


I CAN'T DECIDE WHICH ONE I WANT.
posted by middleclasstool at 12:38 PM on July 11, 2009


Size in inches : I used this chart to figure out what size to buy
posted by infini at 12:40 PM on July 11, 2009


Okay, fine, I ordered the hug. Even though it didn't have NOTE: on it, which, whatever. I'll probably use it for dusting or whatever. But you know, nice attempt or whatever. And good, you know, whatever or something.
posted by middleclasstool at 12:45 PM on July 11, 2009


our uniform colors of Blue, Green, Grey, Still Yet Darker Grey, and White denoting, Trek-like, which faction we belong to.

So which faction is the redshirts?
posted by dw at 12:56 PM on July 11, 2009


You forgot teal for Projects.

United Earth Metafilter!
posted by kldickson at 1:01 PM on July 11, 2009


PLEASE TO ORDER MORE IN 3X SIZES, TIA
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:39 PM on July 11, 2009 [3 favorites]


Another fatty here. 3X please.
posted by kimdog at 1:55 PM on July 11, 2009


Everybody wants a Pony.
posted by pointilist at 2:28 PM on July 11, 2009


It looks like plenty of Large left to me?

What jacquilynne said.

*pulls out hair, rends clothing*
posted by deborah at 2:34 PM on July 11, 2009


FWIW, fan of the design proposed by cgomez and elfgirl - as opposed to the gigantic exclamation mark (the more understated smaller design would be part of the appeal for me - also why I prefer that as opposed to text).

And thanks for the response re: Canada=International - fair enough.
posted by sloe at 2:42 PM on July 11, 2009


Another possible slogan:
I debated the ethical, moral and aesthetic implications of this t-shirt for five days on MetaTalk and I all I got was this t-shirt.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 3:08 PM on July 11, 2009 [11 favorites]


I'd prefer an understated design like [!], but with [+]. The exclamation mark seems like more of a negative, reactionary shirt. The plus sign signals all that is happy and good with the world.
posted by null terminated at 3:29 PM on July 11, 2009


Clearly there should be one more shirt:

Didn't like any of the other shirts.
posted by smackfu at 3:38 PM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I find it kind of ironic that the least common shirt size appears to be "medium". I suppose medium doesn't mean average but I don't want to overthink that plate of beans so I'll just continue being amused.

In any case I am glad. Since I wear a men's medium I CAN GET ALL THE SHIRTS I WANT HURF DURF BUTTER BEATERS
posted by Justinian at 3:41 PM on July 11, 2009


Pony requests: I totally want a [!] shirt that looks like the one cgomez linked. Right size, right look.

To be honest, only "Everyone Needs a Hug" feels like a MeFi shirt. The others are common phrases I see on every other Internet forum, and "tl;dr" actually makes me think of Something Awful, where it was used often before it became a bannable/probational catchphrase.
posted by Mikey-San at 4:21 PM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Do they come in Extra Medium?
posted by Kadin2048 at 4:37 PM on July 11, 2009


To be honest, only "Everyone Needs a Hug" feels like a MeFi shirt.

Which is funny, since this is credited as being from another site.

As far as I could tell, only the "Hope me Admin" one is from here, but it's based on a user who posted once, commented twice, and has never been back. I'd also never heard that in-joke before.

Special Snowflake seemed totally Fark to me, though I see it here enough.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:43 PM on July 11, 2009


I'd prefer an understated design like [!], but with [+]. The exclamation mark seems like more of a negative, reactionary shirt. The plus sign signals all that is happy and good with the world.

This exists, it's one of mattdidthat's controversial bootleg shirts. I'm wearing mine right now. If the design came out in an official shirt, I'd buy it, just like I buy albums after I download them.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:03 PM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Special Snowflake is a Fight Club line that I'd never seen referenced before MF.

I love the fact it's a zapf dingbat on the shirt. Even with no knowledge of MF, graphic artists I know will greatly appreciate this very special snowflake.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:25 PM on July 11, 2009


Another great Mefi phrase for future shirt consideration, I think, would be "my friend show me, i show metafilter. why no?" Or some derivative of that.
posted by Ms. Saint at 5:31 PM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Which is funny, since this is credited as being from another site.

I had the same thought, but it was still the only one of the four that actually felt like a MeFi reference.
posted by Mikey-San at 5:50 PM on July 11, 2009


I don't like the look of a [!] on a shirt and I seriously doubt I'll ever create a shirt like that so if you want one, try one of mattdidthat's shirts.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:26 PM on July 11, 2009


Whoops! Looks like there's nothing but dinky shirts left, now. Are there plans to have more than half a day's worth of stock in non-miniscule sizes? Because, yeah, I could probably wear one of the sizes that's left but you seriously would not want to see that.
posted by majick at 7:30 PM on July 11, 2009


I guess Matt underestimated the # of 2XL shirt wearers on the internet.
posted by smackfu at 7:31 PM on July 11, 2009


There needs to be a "this will wendell" shirt.

I am not implying that I will buy such a shirt. But I might.
posted by oaf at 7:40 PM on July 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I guess Matt underestimated the # of 2XL shirt wearers on the internet.

I ordered shirts based on the ratios of the reported sizes in my t-shirt survey posted last month. I actually was surprised by the results at first, with L looking most popular (among all the guys I know, both slim and not so slim, XL is probably the most popular size they wear). I actually ended up ordering most shirts in L and XL even though the survey showed less XL wearers than L. For the biggest sizes, having four different designs in 11 total sizes each meant sometimes only getting a few each.

I guess the lesson learned here is that there is a difference between a survey of what size you might buy someday and the actual results of selling shirts. I trusted they'd fall along reported lines but it seems sales skewed upwards.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:52 PM on July 11, 2009


mathowie: "
Also, holy shit, but in the first two hours I have forty orders to pack tonight and drop off at the post office tomorrow morning. In a couple weeks when I've learned a bit more of the ins and outs of this whole shipping yourself thing, I'll finally resurrect fortuito.us and make a "how to run your own t-shirt shop" post since I couldn't for the life of me find a decent tutorial online. There are tons of things to know about shipping and the products to make that easier (I have a really cool USB scale for weighing and a perfect postage label printer).
"

You might get some good advice from Thor and Amy of Get Satisfaction - they learned about this the hard way when they ran Valleyschwag.
posted by IndigoRain at 7:53 PM on July 11, 2009


As just my own observation packing almost a hundred envelopes in the last day, it seems like I sold a zillion smalls and 2XL & 3XL shirts immediately in both sexes. XL is probably the most popular men's size and women it's probably a L. Men's M is pretty popular and it seems like I sold hardly anything in Men's L.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:02 PM on July 11, 2009


"...there is a difference between a survey of what size you might buy someday and the actual results of selling shirts."

Well, I voted, then honestly, if there were updates I didn't track them, so I don't know if further input to design and such was made, or updates as to progress, but today was the first I really caught anything new about these. Without making judgements on what other people think, I can't see myself wearing one of these designs.

Also, like you, I don't think the size I would need would be gone 12 hours later. I'm just guessing if the designs and brands were set when you'd made the poll your results would have been more accurate. 40 shirts in the first 2 hours, and I am guessing not everyone that wants one is even aware they are available.

I could be way wrong. I still just want one of the originals. Or one of these blank, but with a bigger logo (preferably on the front).

I'm glad to see there are shirts. I've wanted one for a while. I'm patient. I don't care that I'm not really fond of these designs. You've said there will be others. And if I don't like those, maybe there will be another set. If not, at that point I'll just accept is wasn't meant to be.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:14 PM on July 11, 2009


None of them are available in 2XL, which means I can either buy a shirt I'll never fit into or go without.

internet sadface

I think you've way underestimated demand for these shirts, and I think you probably want to go to a fulltime MeFi storefront with printing-on-demand. And, if you do, I'd recommend you Hoover up mattdidthat's MeTa shirt designs into it as well, etc.

Well done on all of this: I'm just bitter I didn't snag one. :D
posted by scrump at 8:19 PM on July 11, 2009


I had to google "tl;dr." People really say that around here now? I guess it's funny for a t-shirt, and I do like semi-colons.

That said, I'm in agreement with a few others above that a [!] shirt with the metafilter logo on the back would be the most charming of all. And that "Everyone needs a hug" would surely be improved by a "Note:" preceding it. Because otherwise you're just wearing a t-shirt that says everybody needs a hug and there's nothing curious about it. (And "needs" and "hug" would probably be best in lowercase, while we're here fruitlessly suggesting changes.)
posted by nobody at 8:28 PM on July 11, 2009


I guess the lesson learned here is that there is a difference between a survey of what size you might buy someday and the actual results of selling shirts. I trusted they'd fall along reported lines but it seems sales skewed upwards.

IIRC, the original thread discussing this started out with a poll about sizes, and then later in the thread came the comments about American Apparel (and then Royal Apparel) running small for their sizes. So I ordered a larger size than I originally said I would.

Sorry.
posted by headnsouth at 8:42 PM on July 11, 2009


I bought an "Everyone needs a hug t-shirt."

And I somehow feel it necessary to brag about my original MeFi T-shirt (side a / side b).
posted by eyeballkid at 8:48 PM on July 11, 2009


I *am* a special snowflake, dammit!
posted by FlamingBore at 9:36 PM on July 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


I still just want one of the originals.

I'm trying to contact the Coudal folks and see if I can get their overstock to sell on my own.

you probably want to go to a fulltime MeFi storefront with printing-on-demand

I hate print on demand. While it means no inventory and you get all the shirts you can sell, and the quality is getting closer to a real screen print, but it's still not the same as a real screenprinted shirt and it's why I took a big risk (it was about $3,000 to print up the shirts, buy postage and supplies) and why I'm up all night all weekend stuffing envelopes because I think it's worth it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:37 PM on July 11, 2009 [4 favorites]


The t-shirt I'd like to see:

This.
posted by msalt at 11:53 PM on July 11, 2009


matt: my paypal address is not up-to-date because I don't live at my billing address. I'd like to buy two shirts but therefore would need them shipped to a different address. any chance?
posted by krautland at 4:08 AM on July 12, 2009


I am so late to the t-shirt party... MORE 3Xs!!!

There needs to be a "this will wendell" shirt.

SO relieved I'm not the first to request that. But if you add that design, make 2 extra in 3X size and I'll buy them.

Of course, "Hurf Durf" and "[more inside]" may be obvious popular items for XL and larger.

I would prefer a "Flag It and Move On" in an OFFICIAL METAFILTER shirt, although whatsisname's design is cool too.

others I think would be popular...

"Overthinking a Plate of Beans"

"It vibrates?"

"Fixed That For You"
posted by wendell at 4:22 AM on July 12, 2009


Well, I ended up buying Special Snowflake and Please hope me, the former because I think being a MeFi member makes me one (natch) and the latter because, to me, that was the only real in-joke phrase*.

Since mathowie's said there's not likely to be a [!] shirt, I'll probably spring for one of mattdidthat's, although I'd much rather have an "official" version. Nthing pretty much all of wendell's requests above, too.


*That couldn't be taken in a bad way by strangers, a la Everyone needs a hug.
posted by elfgirl at 6:22 AM on July 12, 2009


I ordered shirts based on the ratios of the reported sizes in my t-shirt survey posted last month.

My suspicion is that people answered the poll based on the size they'd normally buy, but ordered a size or two up once the shirts went on sale, based on the note on the order page that the shirts run small. I voted for my size in AA rather than what I usually wear, but those not familiar with AA probably didn't.
posted by elfgirl at 6:27 AM on July 12, 2009


Thanks Matt! *waiting for her tee expectantly by the door*
posted by typewriter at 6:41 AM on July 12, 2009


I have a hug!
posted by Phire at 6:55 AM on July 12, 2009


I voted for my size in AA, but then I realized not only do their shirts run small, they also run *short*, and I do not feel the need to expose my soft underbelly at this time.

So I ordered a size up too (on the advice that Royal's sizing is similar).
posted by nat at 7:11 AM on July 12, 2009


i missed the survey (it was closed by the time i saw the post) otherwise i would have found a way to vote for 3X a jillion times.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:24 AM on July 12, 2009


*That couldn't be taken in a bad way by strangers...

I want a shirt that says, "I am not pedobear!"
posted by cjorgensen at 8:30 AM on July 12, 2009


In for 2. And hopefully there will be a second round of shirts with FTFY and this will wendell as options. Anyway, thanks Matt, I can't imagine packing and shipping all those myself.
posted by CwgrlUp at 8:34 AM on July 12, 2009


Just purchased a huge "everyone needs a hug" to double as comfy sleepshirt and appropriate "what the cool kids are wearing" meet-up garb.

This is fabulous, thanks so much Matt!
posted by misha at 10:19 AM on July 12, 2009


My suspicion is that people answered the poll based on the size they'd normally buy, but ordered a size or two up once the shirts went on sale, based on the note on the order page that the shirts run small. I voted for my size in AA rather than what I usually wear, but those not familiar with AA probably didn't.

The survey did say what is your size in AA with a link to the AA sizing info. That is what started the whole "AA is run by a creepy perv" stuff that eventually led us to Royal Apparel instead.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:13 AM on July 12, 2009


The "Special Snowflake" looks like a great target for paint guns, nerf guns, water balloons & etc. AWESOME! I can't wait.
posted by snsranch at 4:10 PM on July 12, 2009


If the site ever needs some quick cash you could print up a bunch of "Metaphorical Viking" and "Literal Viking" shirts and have the argument again through sheer numbers.
posted by felix grundy at 4:18 PM on July 12, 2009 [4 favorites]


felix grundy: That reminds me of this comic.
posted by null terminated at 6:02 PM on July 12, 2009


201 comments in and not a single one about how very professional it looks?
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:22 PM on July 12, 2009


The survey did say what is your size in AA with a link to the AA sizing info.

Ah--I should have gone back and looked. Nevermind. :/
posted by elfgirl at 7:19 PM on July 12, 2009


The survey did say what is your size in AA with a link to the AA sizing info.

I thought that was asking what I wished I was! ;_;
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:29 PM on July 12, 2009


i am seriously considering comissioning shirts with HURF DURF on the front for us fat folks. i would lol every time i wore it. which would be pretty much daily in the winter.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:51 PM on July 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


"[more inside]" should be saved for the first designs of MetaFilter underpants.
posted by Riki tiki at 9:34 PM on July 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


I went with "Everybody Needs A Hug" as it's most appropriate for my "work" place, but man, Please Hope Me was hard to pass up!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:33 AM on July 13, 2009


Consider this my vote for a "Go Fuck a Hat" t-shirt.

I ordered the tl:dr. Thanks MetaFilter for teach me to laugh at love again.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:28 AM on July 13, 2009


Also voting for a [more inside] or "flag it and move on" shirt.

I heavily considered "everyone needs a hug" but ultimately went for tl;dr. Snark wins, apparently.
posted by marginaliana at 6:32 AM on July 13, 2009


Also a vote for "SS Awww My Meta Filter Pussy Hurts."
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:41 AM on July 13, 2009


Matt, are you nixing the [+] idea along with the [!]?

Another vote for the [more inside] shirt.
posted by milestogo at 6:48 AM on July 13, 2009


I look forward to the "flag it and move on [!]" t-shirt.

I also think metachat should print "Metachat isn't chat.metafilter.com." t-shirts.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:11 AM on July 13, 2009


40 shirts in the first 2 hours, and I am guessing not everyone that wants one is even aware they are available.

This. I had seen Matt's Twitter so I knew they were coming soon, but had not suspected that by going camping this weekend (the first sunny weekend we've had in Maine in two months I might add) that I'd miss being able to get a shirt ... any shirt ... in my size.

*snuffles*
posted by anastasiav at 7:35 AM on July 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


2 more options for the next round might emphasize the Great Divide, ala:

Low User Number

$5.00 n00b
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:56 AM on July 13, 2009


Also a vote for "SS Awww My Meta Filter Pussy Hurts."

Don't get your hopes up.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:09 AM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Matt, how about a contest, with voting, for new slogans. The suggestions are a lot of fun, and clearly we want MetaShirts. and ponies. and the img tag.

My slogan: Bring back the tag!
posted by theora55 at 8:35 AM on July 13, 2009


I didn't do it right; should have said Bring back the img tag, w/ angle brackets. sorry.
posted by theora55 at 8:36 AM on July 13, 2009


Here's my vote for:

I hope your head falls off.
posted by iamabot at 9:13 AM on July 13, 2009


angle brackets?

<Bring back the tag!> ?
posted by geekyguy at 9:21 AM on July 13, 2009


I think the sold-out status would also be affected by the number of folks buying multiple shirts, yeah? I mean, it's fine, and I'm happy that there are quite a few folks buying >1, but that factor is not something the online poll could've anticipated.
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:58 AM on July 13, 2009


2 more options for the next round might emphasize the Great Divide, ala:

Low User Number

$5.00 n00b


Then there are those of us who fall in between, during the "fast and lucky" period
posted by edgeways at 10:00 AM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


My shirt has arrived! YAY YAY YAY YAY!

Thanks, Matt!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:38 AM on July 13, 2009


posted by misanthropicsarah i am seriously considering comissioning shirts with HURF DURF on the front for us fat folks. i would lol every time i wore it. which would be pretty much daily in the winter.

HURF DURF BUTTER SHIRT

I also made separate "Favorite" and "Flag" shirts.
posted by mattdidthat at 10:47 AM on July 13, 2009


Oh thank goodness mattdidthat found a way to capitalize financially on this thread. I was getting worried we might have a metafilter t-shirt thread in which he didn't pimp his wares.
posted by dersins at 11:22 AM on July 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


OK, no offense to mattdidthat, but I'd much rather buy an 'official' MetaFilter shirt and put my money in #1's pocket (whatever the cut turns out to be) - but I didn't like any of these designs. So, for the next batch, please consider these options all of which I do like and would order:

[+] (please oh please?)
[!] (-- I hear you, but this isn't about you, it's about what the rest of us would wear ; ) )
[more inside]
[I got my pony]
posted by widdershins at 12:14 PM on July 13, 2009


Couple things—

First off, I've bought fan art t-shirts for bands I like, as well as made my own shirts. When you make a screen, it really doesn't cost anything more to make more shirts past the shirts themselves, so if friends wanted 'em it wasn't any big deal to make extras. So, from that perspective, I tend to think of Mattdidthat's shirts as fan art. It might be different if I felt like MDT's shirts were making it harder for #1 to sell his, but it doesn't seem like that's the case, and it also doesn't look like MDT's are a huge money maker for him. As far as I know, #1 hasn't asked MDT to stop, and #1 can always talk to MDT about using MDT's designs or whatever.

Further, much as I love #1 for setting up this site and maintaining it and much as I hope that he gets super-duper Trump rich off of the site, this is a community, and having other people also benefit from their efforts here doesn't really strike me as horrible.

Finally, since I often mentally turn Dersins into Widdershins, having you two comment back to back is BLOWING MY MIND.
posted by klangklangston at 12:25 PM on July 13, 2009


Mostly, I just find it kind of tacky that every time mat #1 (howie) starts a thread about Metafilter t-shirts, here comes mat #83047 (tdidthat) to let us know that, yes he also has some metafilter t-shirts available for purchase for the low, low price of whatever the hell he's selling them for.

Especially after this.
posted by dersins at 12:33 PM on July 13, 2009


Dersins, the only "MetaFilter: (slogan)" shirts I made were the "I actually know far more about this subject than I think you can imagine", and they were sold at cost. I made no profit from those shirts, and I stopped selling them immediately after Matt asked me to. Also, Matt released the MetaFilter logo and gave his okay for people to make their own shirts as long as they didn't make any money from them.
posted by mattdidthat at 12:52 PM on July 13, 2009


as long as they didn't make any money from them as long as they didn't try selling them.
posted by mattdidthat at 12:53 PM on July 13, 2009


dersins: "Especially after this."

What about it if was after this?
posted by team lowkey at 12:55 PM on July 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


yay, the thread is turning into a fight after all.

(not really yay, just a snarky yay... mutter mutter)
posted by edgeways at 1:04 PM on July 13, 2009


Holy crap, that was fast mathowie. Shirt's already here.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:32 PM on July 13, 2009


Mostly, I just find it kind of tacky that every time mat #1 (howie) starts a thread about Metafilter t-shirts, here comes mat #83047 (tdidthat) to let us know that

But in the original thread that you linked to, exactly the opposite thing happened.

Not to mention the years that have passed since the last set of MeFi shirts. Note that the first time we even heard about them was prompted by matdidthat's thread.
posted by smackfu at 1:47 PM on July 13, 2009


I got my shirt.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:51 PM on July 13, 2009


mattdidthat,

I don't understand your last statement. You're still selling them, aren't you?
posted by lukemeister at 1:51 PM on July 13, 2009


No. I stopped selling the "MetaFilter: I actually know far more about this subject than I think you can imagine" shirts immediately after Matt asked me to.
posted by mattdidthat at 1:56 PM on July 13, 2009


Got my special snowflake!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:09 PM on July 13, 2009


Great jessamyn, no NSFW warning?

Guy walks up behind me, says, "Are you looking at boobies on there?"

I had to answer, "Yes I am."

true story, and no, I am not concerned
posted by cjorgensen at 2:20 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Great jessamyn, no NSFW warning?

Seriously shut up. If you can't look at a picture of a woman in a t-shirt without it turning into some lulzy boobies comment, you should maybe be someplace else. And yes, I know you're making a joke.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:28 PM on July 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


I don't think it would have been a "lulzy boobies comment" if that hadn't been the focus of the picture. I didn't make the comment, I just repeated it because it happened. I knew you'd know I was joking, so did not anticipate that reaction.

I apologize for offending you. I won't feel at all bad if you want to remove the comment.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:38 PM on July 13, 2009


If you can't look at a picture of a woman in a t-shirt without it turning into some lulzy boobies comment

Coincidentally, we were holding a fundraising night up at the pub for a friend who's off to Prague shortly to compete for Australia in the World Dragonboat Championships.

One of the other women said "Hey, you should get a t-shirt made up for when you return - it would read 'are you looking at my titles?'"
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:42 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


(wait, i missed a bit - the tshirt would include pictures of the championship medals & trophies etc)
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:43 PM on July 13, 2009


Well that was quick. Received both of my shirts this morning.

You bet your bippy I'm a special snowflake with a short attention span when presented with a wall of copy.
posted by cgomez at 2:43 PM on July 13, 2009


> Oh thank goodness mattdidthat found a way to capitalize financially on this thread. I was getting worried we might have a metafilter t-shirt thread in which he didn't pimp his wares.

Oh thank goodness dersins found a way to slag mattdidthat in this thread. I was getting worried we might have a metafilter t-shirt thread in which he kept his nastiness to himself.
posted by languagehat at 2:54 PM on July 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


Also, mattdidthat's shirts are a lot better-looking.
posted by languagehat at 2:55 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Vitriolic much, dersins? I guess your "Everyone needs a hug" shirt hasn't arrived yet.
posted by Phire at 3:04 PM on July 13, 2009


My hug shirt arrived. It is, alas, too small for me to actually wear. :(
posted by ocherdraco at 3:06 PM on July 13, 2009


Vitriolic much, dersins?

Yes, quite a bit most of the time. But in this thread, not so much. Pretty restrained, actually.
posted by dersins at 3:17 PM on July 13, 2009


too much huggage?
posted by small_ruminant at 3:20 PM on July 13, 2009


Shirts!
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:01 PM on July 13, 2009


The Royal Apparel models got nothin' on you!
posted by gman at 4:14 PM on July 13, 2009


Pretty restrained, actually.

Everyone needs a straitjacket.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:31 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just received my shirt! Finally, the world will know my favorite website and my distaste for large blocks of text.
posted by zinc saucier at 4:54 PM on July 13, 2009


wow, girls are really into the special snowflake & hug shirts. ::pout:: those were the ones I wanted! although I'm tempted by tl;dr.
posted by epersonae at 5:11 PM on July 13, 2009


The ladies' 2XL was the right choice for me. I'm glad it was an option. (Although it is disturbing that a 14-16 is a 2XL).
posted by mimo at 5:29 PM on July 13, 2009


argh. just looked at size chart. not even tl;dr available for me. :( agreed with mimo on the disturbingness of the sizing. ah well, next round maybe. definitely would love a [!] or [+] t-shirt.
posted by epersonae at 5:34 PM on July 13, 2009


I got home tonight and found my shirt sitting on the desk. Damn, Matt, that *was* fast.
posted by pjern at 5:50 PM on July 13, 2009


No kidding. I got mine today too. The medium's a little bigger than I expected, but not so much that I can't wear it. Thanks for the quick turnaround time! It made my day.
posted by lilac girl at 6:48 PM on July 13, 2009




I could've used a whole lot of these yesterday, since United somehow managed to lose my bag between SFO and PDX. gingerbeer's bag arrived just fine. Thank god for Target, and for the brewpubs and national parks that will keep me t-shirted between now and Saturday.
posted by rtha at 6:59 PM on July 13, 2009


My shirts came! Thanks, Matt!
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:24 PM on July 13, 2009


*dances around in newly arrived Special Snowflake shirt*
posted by scody at 7:31 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh thank goodness dersins found a way to slag mattdidthat in this thread. I was getting worried we might have a metafilter t-shirt thread in which he kept his nastiness to himself.

Oh thank goodness languagehat found the time to drop in with a ruling, I think we can close this one up now.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:14 PM on July 13, 2009


wow, men are really into the tl;dr shirts. those were the ones I wanted! settling 4 hugs.
posted by grobstein at 8:49 PM on July 13, 2009


Got mine!

This would probably be a good place to mention that there's a Greasemonkey script for displaying profile pictures next to comments. Because I know you can't get enough.
posted by carsonb at 9:39 PM on July 13, 2009


Photographic proof.
posted by pjern at 9:41 PM on July 13, 2009


If you're not joking, you can order them on the Royal Apparel site directly.

Actually unless I'm mistaken that place only does wholesale.
posted by floam at 2:38 AM on July 14, 2009


Looks like I took a vacation on the wrong weekend. Is there a way to get on a mailing list to be notified when you're back in stock in my preferred design/size?
posted by Plutor at 6:29 AM on July 14, 2009


Is there a way to get on a mailing list to be notified when you're back in stock in my preferred design/size?

You mean besides this one?
posted by headnsouth at 7:41 AM on July 14, 2009


I think my mail delivery person would be scared if I waited out by the mailbox, but that's not going to stop me.
posted by subbes at 2:37 PM on July 14, 2009


*waits next to mailbox*
posted by Space Kitty at 8:14 PM on July 14, 2009


*weeps next to empty mailbox*
posted by elfgirl at 8:16 PM on July 14, 2009


Medium hug shirt status: Fucking ordered.
posted by Mikey-San at 10:22 PM on July 14, 2009


Our shirts came today!! I can wear my geekiness with pride from now on.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:06 AM on July 15, 2009


I like my shirt, thank you.

and

I find it mildly funny that Matt has stated a dislike for in-jokes, and yet that is what the shirts are all about.
posted by edgeways at 11:52 AM on July 15, 2009


duh-HAW!
posted by jtron at 12:38 PM on July 15, 2009


Got my shirt! It made it all the way across the country really quick! Thanks, Matt.
posted by chiababe at 3:04 PM on July 15, 2009


ogod noshirt whereismyshirtwhereisit
posted by subbes at 4:31 PM on July 15, 2009


We definitely need "Who here likes pancakes?" in the next batch. Oh, and hardcore taters.
posted by klausness at 4:33 PM on July 15, 2009


Yay I got my shirt today! Thanks!
posted by misskaz at 4:43 PM on July 15, 2009


Thanks, Matt! Got my shirt today. Maybe for future shirt designs, Metafilter on the front and tagline on the back?
posted by emelenjr at 6:04 PM on July 15, 2009


My proxy got my shirt! I can't wait for Saturday.
posted by Phire at 6:10 PM on July 15, 2009


Maybe for future shirt designs, Metafilter on the front and tagline on the back?

MetaFilter on the front, tagline underneath.
Old school style.

posted by carsonb at 6:34 PM on July 15, 2009


East coast shirt received today!
posted by ersatzkat at 6:35 PM on July 15, 2009


Only just today got email confirmation of shipment. Which means I likely won't get it before the meetup, sadly. But I am still a-flutter with anticipation.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:44 PM on July 15, 2009


Got my shirt! My kid says, incredulous, "You spent $15 on a t-shirt from a website?!" I show him the front of it. He says "Cool! Can I wear it?" Skinny-jeans-wearing skater punk wants to wear my women's XL. I don't think so.

I did hug him though =) Thankyouthankyouthankyou!
posted by headnsouth at 6:57 PM on July 15, 2009


I think "This is why we can't have nice things" would be good for the next batch, too. But, like DTMFA, it might be considered too negative....
posted by klausness at 3:18 AM on July 16, 2009


I can't believe I just remembered this, but we must have the Bugs Haughey vs. Quonsar Fudd image on a shirt.
posted by Eideteker at 8:36 AM on July 16, 2009


I got my shirt! Turns out I'm a perfect medium. Awesome.
posted by piratebowling at 9:42 AM on July 16, 2009


I love love love my shirt. I will never be able to wear it, however! I got the tl;dr, and pinned it to my bulletin board in my office (internal communications for big company) and absolutely everyone is stopping by, either knowingly smirking or playing "What's It Stand For?" I am hugely popular!
posted by thinkpiece at 11:21 AM on July 16, 2009


I can haz shirt?
posted by orrnyereg at 12:23 PM on July 16, 2009


I got my very own size small special snowflake t-shirt in the mail today and it is *lovely*.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Thanks Matt!!
posted by stagewhisper at 9:41 AM on July 18, 2009


I got more compliments in one day of wearing my "Everyone Needs a Hug" shirt than I have all year. Thanks, MetaFilter!
posted by Dr-Baa at 5:49 AM on July 22, 2009


(And Matt!)
posted by Dr-Baa at 5:50 AM on July 22, 2009


My five year old just asked me, "Daddy, why does your shirt say 'Please Hope Me'?" My wife looked at me and laughed, giving me that "good luck with this explanation" look.

I said, "Well, on this website that daddy likes, someone asked for help once and they mistyped it, so it said 'Please Hope Me'. And we all thought it was funny, so we got tshirts to remember it."

"Daddy," she asked, "Did he ever get help?"

"Yes," I said, "I believe he did."

"Then that really is a very funny shirt." she said and she walked off. My girl's going to be a nerd!
posted by ColdChef at 8:10 PM on July 25, 2009 [7 favorites]


Well, on this website that daddy likes (ColdChef)

I laughed so hard just now, imagining all the different kinds of websites this could refer to. Oh my goodness.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:15 PM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm still not sure why I didn't just say "MetaFilter." It's not like she's never heard me mention it.

Oh, god. I just realized: I'm embarrassed to admit TO MY CHILD how much time I spend on here. That's real shame, people.
posted by ColdChef at 8:49 PM on July 25, 2009


THANK YOU MATT :)

I got my tshirt in Finland, Singapore :))

Yay for MetaFilter


*ready to hand out hugs to everyone now*
posted by infini at 10:21 AM on July 28, 2009


Hey Matt, any chance of getting a slogan-less shirt, with just the logo on the back?
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:28 AM on July 28, 2009


Shirt arrived in Tokyo today! Yay!

Thanks, Matt!
posted by misozaki at 12:26 AM on July 29, 2009


Note:
posted by infini at 10:12 AM on August 1, 2009


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