New merch: Seal of the Cabal August 3, 2018 11:35 AM   Subscribe

We're rolling out a new shirt design, featuring art from robocop is bleeding, who has taken his rad hand-carved block printing aesthetic to the eldritch glyphs and sigils of MetaFilter history to produce the Seal of the Cabal. (There is, of course, no cabal.) (But there is an alternate, smaller version of the design for folks who prefer how that sits on a shirt.)

I'm super fond of this design; for some it will be close to incomprehensible, for others it will read as a catalogue of old jokes and strange corners of the site, but regardless of content it lands the hell out of that "I found this in a dark cubbyhole of a condemned book store" feel which is exactly what I was hoping for when I contacted robocop originally. I'm a big ol' fan of his work; he's posted about his Corey Press stuff on Projects before, and jessamyn and I chattered with him about it some on the podcast last summer, and I'm stoked to be giving this a go.

Here's the Seal of the Cabal design itself; placement and material color will vary depending on what kind of item you are ordering:

a white circular pattern with various MeFi-related letters and symbols carved in black

We're also trying out a print-on-demand service this time; I'd like to get a feel for how a more flexible "let's just go for it" approach can complement our traditional pre-stocked inventory merch processes. One advantage: easy flexibility in the kind of thing you order, since they support a variety of t-shirt cuts including larger sizes, support a bunch of colors on the more common types, and even do some more specialty items like baby outfits and dog shirts.

Specifically, we're trying out the Neatorama-based Neatoshop service. I've been happy with what I've found poking around and talking to the guy who runs it, and Neatoshop is local to MetaFilter HQ these days, which is a nice bonus.

It's all a bit experimental, of course; specific feedback on design options and placement is totally welcome, as is feedback on the Neatoshop process, item quality, etc. once stuff arrives.

I've done the two versions of the Seal here to try and accommodate different preferences about shirt design size and placement, based on some of the feedback we've seen in previous merch discussions, but I'm open to ideas on other iterations; another nice thing about the print-on-demand setup here is it's not overly difficult to add another variant of a design, so if there's an obvious consensus for an "okay but what about variant x?" I can make that happen.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 11:35 AM (106 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

And, of course, we still have older shirts, some stickers, and the new (temporarily sold-out) mugs over at TopatoCo! Assuming this experiment goes well, my expectation is we'll be adding more things to both the TopatoCo and the Neatoshop roster over time.

We'll also be working up a more proper merch page to collect stuff onto at some point, though for now the stuff is linked down at the bottom of the fundraising page (and we'll get that updated with a link to this design shortly).
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:39 AM on August 3


I think your second link is incorrect. Sheesh, who runs this place?
posted by Rock Steady at 11:40 AM on August 3 [4 favorites]


YOU SAW NOTHING
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:42 AM on August 3 [21 favorites]


THIS IS AMAZING
posted by lalex at 11:43 AM on August 3 [6 favorites]


And I just bought one of the small seal ones in Charcoal on a Heavyweight T.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on August 3


Hitting purchase as soon as I'm done with work. This is glorious.
posted by Fizz at 11:51 AM on August 3


EX SAPIENTIA MODUS

I see what you did there.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:06 PM on August 3 [7 favorites]


(There is, of course, no cabal.)

Well.

You would say that.

Wouldn't you?

Actually going to buy this, as on reflection it's pretty much the perfect thing to wear at future Druid or Pagan events. Maybe not so much church as the local vicar will give me "the look", but for other events, yes.
posted by Wordshore at 12:06 PM on August 3 [9 favorites]


This is cool.
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:13 PM on August 3


Needs more Paphnuty.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:14 PM on August 3 [9 favorites]


No, it's imperative that we never break the seal, lest the universe be flooded and suffocated and ended by the infinite squirming post-Euclidean things that once were known by the now impossibly insufficient name "Paphnuty".
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:16 PM on August 3 [6 favorites]


That's the Eye of Paphnuty in the center of it all.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:17 PM on August 3 [6 favorites]


The picture of the ... dog? half-goat half-dog? ... in the dog t-shirt option is causing some debate and argument here.
posted by Wordshore at 12:17 PM on August 3


At long last the stars are right!

This was a fun piece to carve. Thanks again to cortex for the opportunity - when a bunch of robed figures surround your bed at night chanting about the proper plural for 'lego' then you know it's serious business.

If you're curious as to what the seal looks like when done in my usual style of printing to wood, you can see it here on my Instagram. If people are interested in that format, I can look into printing up more and will put them up on my Etsy.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:18 PM on August 3 [33 favorites]


Watching. Always watching. Occasionally scratching at the door.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:19 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


The plural form of "Lego" is, of course, "Legolas."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:23 PM on August 3 [16 favorites]


Lovvvvve it. I ordered the back-print zip hoodie in navy. It's really great that there are so many choices for style, color, and size!
posted by slenderloris at 12:43 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


CURVY T-SHIRTS!! OH HAPPY DAY!
😍😍😍
posted by ApathyGirl at 1:28 PM on August 3 [6 favorites]


It irks me that because I've only been here for five years I cannot figure out what all the initials mean. Grrrrr. Fabulous work, robocop is bleeding!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:31 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


Ooh!
posted by carter at 1:36 PM on August 3


Careful, if you figure them out, the walls will melt and you will witness the birth of an undying godhead.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 1:37 PM on August 3 [4 favorites]


MetaFilter
AskMetafilter
iRL
JoBs
FanFare ( love this name, btw, it's perfect for that subsite)
MUsic
PRojects
MetaTalk

Dot, favorite, flag, RSS
Original Poster
Quoted For Truth ( sometimes "quit fucking talking")

Mushrooms.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:44 PM on August 3 [13 favorites]


Damn this rules.
posted by griphus at 1:49 PM on August 3


God, 9622 takes me back to before I was even allowed to join up, back when I could only read longboat threads and wish I could take part in the madness. ZIPPITY BOP!!
posted by languagehat at 1:52 PM on August 3 [4 favorites]


Mushrooms.

Coulda sworn that was a penis.
posted by slipthought at 2:02 PM on August 3 [5 favorites]


It's really great that there are so many choices for style, color, and size!

I am pleased to note that these garments come in both blue *and* white, because white backgrounds are obviously more professional.
posted by halation at 2:11 PM on August 3 [3 favorites]


Wicked! Cant wait to get mine.
posted by rodlymight at 2:50 PM on August 3


There is also a vibrating broom, a camera, and a bean on a plate.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:10 PM on August 3 [6 favorites]


🎶 Cabal be seeing you / In all the old familiar post threads... 🎶
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:20 PM on August 3 [4 favorites]


Ideally, ceiling cat would be peeking over one of the shoulders.
posted by Chrysostom at 3:35 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


Want.
posted by adamvasco at 3:50 PM on August 3


Oooooh, these are gonna epater the heck out of la bourgeoisie!
posted by scratch at 4:13 PM on August 3 [2 favorites]


Oh dear.
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:10 PM on August 3


Crap; they don't ship to Mexico.
posted by dhruva at 5:11 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


Bought!
posted by limeonaire at 5:18 PM on August 3


Oh hell yeah
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 6:00 PM on August 3


I'm a sucker for merch for projects I support. I already got a mug for mr. hippybear, I may have to get myself a shirt now.
posted by hippybear at 6:18 PM on August 3


Does it come in + 3 ring mail?
posted by clavdivs at 6:24 PM on August 3 [4 favorites]


Charcoal or Navy. Charcoal or Navy. HOW DO I CHOOSE.
posted by Justinian at 6:31 PM on August 3 [3 favorites]


This has insane crossover appeal to the Debian community.
posted by joeyh at 6:36 PM on August 3


Charcoal or Navy. Charcoal or Navy. HOW DO I CHOOSE.

¿Por que no los dos?
posted by hippybear at 6:49 PM on August 3 [4 favorites]


I'm sill waiting for my cabal modem.
posted by pjern at 8:20 PM on August 3 [7 favorites]


Unfortunately those modems appear to have the cabal at the wrong end for them to be of any benefit to us consumers.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:52 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


Greg_Ace: it's a cabal, not a cable.

I've already said too much.
posted by hippybear at 11:21 PM on August 3 [1 favorite]


oh wow. I saw QFT- my brain went 'oh that's the thing that you put at the end of proofs' (I think that is actually QED) and only NOW do I realise it stands for "quoted for truth"

Another thing to add to the list of things I embarrassingly learned after a very long time.
posted by freethefeet at 12:49 AM on August 4 [3 favorites]


QFMFT is how I learned it from MetaFilter.

If the cabal prefers QFT I will get along with that.
posted by hippybear at 2:26 AM on August 4 [1 favorite]


I vote that this should also be a sticker.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:44 AM on August 4 [8 favorites]


There is also a vibrating broom, a camera, and a bean on a plate.

There is also the lack of a television, which is perfect.
posted by solotoro at 5:28 AM on August 4 [7 favorites]


This is glorious.
posted by h00py at 6:09 AM on August 4


"9622"?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:45 AM on August 4


9622

Like, I read it, and I'm still not sure I understand.
posted by slipthought at 9:01 AM on August 4 [1 favorite]


Key-thing, clock, moon and star have no special significance here, right?
posted by Night_owl at 9:24 AM on August 4


I assumed it was:
moon = dark mode switcher
star = "I help fund mefi" profile badge
key-thing = search magnifying-glass icon
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:29 AM on August 4 [3 favorites]


If the cabal prefers QFT I will get along with that.

wise choice
posted by Gorgik at 9:51 AM on August 4


We have cameras!
posted by penguin pie at 10:31 AM on August 4 [1 favorite]


And also, I love that there's a mushroom. Every time I see portobello mushrooms for sale, I think of that thread, and of how gracefully our now-departed fellow Mefite MiHail took the pile-on, and I smile.

You're remembered with fondness, and mushroominess, MiHail.

(The thread for those previously unenlightened).
posted by penguin pie at 10:34 AM on August 4 [4 favorites]


(Though whoah, I just skimmed through the 'shroom thread again and there was a lot more trainwreck than I remembered until it got to everyone being friends again...)
posted by penguin pie at 10:49 AM on August 4


It's funny that I first read the camera as a sock (if you look at it as toe-and-heel part closest to the center, and the top of the sock rolled down, maybe you can visualize that). The clock I took for the 5-minute edit on comments, but I'm probably wrong there, too! Anyway, I love it so much. <3!!
posted by taz (staff) at 11:27 AM on August 4 [1 favorite]


What is the thing between FPP and There?

Ex Sapienta Modus Out Of Wisdom Comes Moderation
Bean, plate is left to the viewer’s imagination.
QFT - Quantum field theory, Quoted for Truth
OP - Original Poster
Camera[s] - we have them. This still makes me laugh.
There is no Cabal. No, really.
??
FPP - Front Page Photo - we used to have images. le sigh.
Metafilter.com/9622 - the parody is no longer there
mushroom
MetaFilter
FanFare
Music
iRL
MetaTalk
JoBs
Projects
AskMe
! Flag
clock icon- datestamp
moon
wifi
dot - in remembrance
star - stars happen sometimes
magnifying glass search
+ favorite
posted by theora55 at 1:06 PM on August 4 [3 favorites]


Bean on a plate! I thought it was the elusive tater.
posted by betweenthebars at 1:11 PM on August 4 [1 favorite]


If that's a bean, then what's between Modus and QFT? Another mushroom?
posted by theora55 at 2:24 PM on August 4


wayback machine:
http://www.spoonfed.net/cyclone/goes/meta.html
Sorry. This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.

link rot is sad.
posted by theora55 at 2:26 PM on August 4 [1 favorite]


Crap; they don't ship to Mexico.
posted by dhruva at 5:11 PM on August 3 [1 favorite +] [!]


I'd be willing to make arrangements to re-ship to you if you'd prefer to have whatever you'd like to buy shipped to me first. MeMail!
posted by carsonb at 4:20 PM on August 4 [1 favorite]


What is the thing between FPP and There?

vibrating broom!
posted by taz (staff) at 5:29 PM on August 4 [3 favorites]


Remember when 1,000 comments was a big thing?
posted by unliteral at 6:51 PM on August 4


Thank you, Taz! good times, heh.
posted by theora55 at 7:25 PM on August 4


> FPP - Front Page Photo - we used to have images. le sigh

Front Page Post, to me.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:59 PM on August 4 [5 favorites]


who has taken his rad hand-carved block printing aesthetic to the eldritch glyphs and sigils of MetaFilter history to produce the Seal of the Cabal

SIC VENDERE GLORIA CAPITALISMUS
posted by Kwadeng at 3:18 AM on August 5


I bought one. This is sooo fucking cool. Both Black Phillip and Black Peter have promised a delicious life if I wear this as my new boat-pjs.
posted by valkane at 6:02 AM on August 5 [2 favorites]


WHY IS ALL THE COOL MERCH ROLLING OUT DURING THE FIVE WEEKS THAT I HAVE NO PERMANENT ADDRESS AHHH AHHH
posted by Kwine at 4:01 PM on August 5 [2 favorites]


Another mushroom?

that’s generous, but I’ve already been staring at this new seal for hours
posted by Barack Spinoza at 4:26 PM on August 5 [4 favorites]


I kinda want this as a tattoo.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:34 PM on August 5 [2 favorites]


This is really good. I think I'm sucked in.

But Ex Sapienta Modus; the motto of University of New England, an in joke, or just a comment on moderators?
posted by bongo_x at 10:53 PM on August 5 [1 favorite]


is there any Latin phrase that hasn't been adopted as a motto by a university
posted by sciatrix at 6:59 AM on August 6 [3 favorites]


”Semper ubi sub ubi”?
posted by Barack Spinoza at 7:17 AM on August 6 [3 favorites]


Well, if MetaFilter University ever gets off the ground we have our seal, motto, and creed.
posted by Tehhund at 7:46 AM on August 6 [3 favorites]


NeatoShop is currently offering free worldwide shipping on all orders. Sale ends in 6 days.

please don't tell me i'm starving kittens or confusing goats or something else horrible by getting excited by free shipping
posted by slipthought at 1:43 PM on August 6 [4 favorites]


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for big and tall sizes. ORDERED.
posted by mrbill at 3:58 PM on August 7


(even though I've lost 150 lbs in 1.5 years I'm still hefty)
posted by mrbill at 3:58 PM on August 7 [1 favorite]


Ordered! Glad to catch the free shipping

(this means I'm in the cabal, right?)
posted by nubs at 10:11 AM on August 8


> THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for big and tall sizes.

grumble grumble well they have "big and tall" but not just "tall" grumble grumble

That's not MeFi's fault, though. I am grumbling at society.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:02 AM on August 8 [1 favorite]


Hey, it's me in a There is No Cabal t-shirt! And it's Secretariat in the small seal version! And it's both of us while we're at it!

If you got one and you're down with sharing a picture, go for, and let me know about experiences with fit and quality etc as well.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:03 PM on August 8 [8 favorites]


Ordered the curvy large seal version and I'm anxiously awaiting delivery. Which, given that I'm living in the arse-end of the universe (Australia) will probably be here in three to four weeks. Woohoo!!

Any chance of hats?
posted by ninazer0 at 9:28 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]


If you type the words "ex sapientia modus" into google translate it says "out of the way of wisdom" and when i pasted the phrase in it gave me "the philosophy of moderation" but I can't get it to give me that one again. So in honor of the occasion I say: Metafilter: Out of the way of wisdom
posted by bleep at 11:48 PM on August 8 [3 favorites]


I put it through a translator and it came back with "way out wisdom", and I was uh? But, on reflection:

MetaFilter: way-out wisdom

...kinda works.
posted by Wordshore at 6:45 AM on August 9 [3 favorites]


NeatoShop is currently offering free worldwide shipping on all orders. Sale ends in 6 days.

Damnit, I just paid like 8bux shipping a few days ago. Price of enthusiasm, I suppose.
posted by rodlymight at 7:02 AM on August 9


Further on the doesn't-ship-to-Mexico issue—I checked with the Neatoshop folks and it sounds like they just had too much trouble with packages outright disappearing and so nixed that. Recommended using a reshipping service like shipito.com as a fallback, so basically what carsonb was offering except as a commodity service instead of a helpful MeFite.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:10 AM on August 9 [2 favorites]


"Uber, but for helpful MeFites."
posted by Chrysostom at 11:57 AM on August 9 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: "Out of the way, wisdom!"
posted by rocket88 at 3:47 PM on August 9 [6 favorites]


Mailing things to Mexico is really iffy, in my experience. I've personally had at least a dozen things as minor as holiday cards and letters never reach their destination, let alone actual packages. I think that using FedEx or UPS or even DHL might have a better track record, but I've never tried any of those for sending something to Mexico.
posted by hippybear at 1:51 AM on August 10


>> NeatoShop is currently offering free worldwide shipping on all orders. Sale ends in 6 days.
> Damnit, I just paid like 8bux shipping a few days ago. Price of enthusiasm, I suppose.


Ha, the next time future-me berates present-day-me for their procrastination, past-me will be sure to bring up that time we saved on shipping by slacking off.

Small seal on dark brown ringspun on order!

(And for the other procrastinators out there, don't worry, there's still nearly 36 hours left on the free shipping sale.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 7:25 AM on August 10 [2 favorites]


This is super rad and I wish there was a button option to put on my bag because I haven't worn t-shirts in years.
posted by egypturnash at 1:27 PM on August 10 [3 favorites]


cortex: Further on the doesn't-ship-to-Mexico issue

I've had packages disappear as well; or get here long after I complained. I'm shipping the shirt to a US address (I'm going to Portland/Eugene for 2 weeks) so all's well. DHL/Fedex is reliable, in my experience.
posted by dhruva at 5:00 PM on August 11


Just wanted to say I got my new shirt, wore it out and bowled a 200. So it's already paid for itself.
posted by selfnoise at 4:20 AM on August 12 [4 favorites]


Love it!

Like taz, I thought the camera was a sock (as in "sock puppet"). I figured everything else but 9622 out on my own.

In my defense, I did think to myself, "the only thing this is missing is a longboat." Cabal that doesn't exist, please take this into account as a mitigating factor in my favor when considering new initiates during the next membership expansion.

Looking forward to accepting delivery of a deep royal ringspun tee here in Austria, soon!
posted by syzygy at 4:47 AM on August 12 [1 favorite]


I wore my heavyweight charcoal (quite similar to MeTa gray) small seal the other day but neglected to get a pic. It is decently heavyweight and the XL fits my broad-shouldered 6'3", 250lb frame with a little room to spare. I am glad I chose the small seal, even though I was worried it would be too small. It's not, and I think the "full-size" might feel a bit like wearing a hockey sweater, if you ask me.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on August 13


Anthony the Mailman just brought me my shirt! I traded him two slices of Nana's banana/fig bread for it.
posted by carsonb at 11:42 AM on August 13


Oooh, my shirt is long enough! Unfortunately I don't remember which one I ordered and the tag is less helpful than one might expect, but I think I went with a "unisex" ringspun.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:25 PM on August 13


> I think the "full-size" might feel a bit like wearing a hockey sweater, if you ask me

It's definitely a large logo. But if someone's going to squint at my chest in the Costco parking lot, as happened today, I'd rather it was easier for them to read than more difficult, in the hopes they will give up and go about their lives sooner.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:26 PM on August 13 [2 favorites]


aw dangit i procrastinated just a few hours too long and missed the shipping sale
posted by halation at 2:27 PM on August 13 [1 favorite]


Got mine today day in the mail. It’s warm, it’s comfy, it’s cabal. Oh, wait, did I say that out loud?
posted by valkane at 3:59 PM on August 14 [1 favorite]


valkane: warm? or cozy? ;)
posted by hippybear at 4:04 AM on August 15


Mine still hasn’t moved yet, according to the tracking :(
posted by rodlymight at 11:16 AM on August 15


Mine arrived and looks great.
posted by mrbill at 10:10 AM on August 27


Yay. Mine arrived!!! No pics because I'm shy. But it was everything I was hoping it would be, and I look forward to telling people There is No Cabal.
posted by ninazer0 at 9:45 PM on August 27




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