This week the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) lay out their plans for vacations this summer and their outlook on their favorite t-shirts.
Business as usual. The summer begins and my lawn grows. Sitting indoors playing X Box or Magic just doesn't seem as appealing as playing Disc Golf or a BBQ. Forget tanning beds when you have the sun. The world outdoors is a wonderful place if you embrace it, and in August I will be taking advantage of the season at hand.
Late summer I will be taking a wonderful camping trip to Olympic National Park. Located in the Northwest region of Washington State, Olympic National Park is home to mountains, glaciers, beaches, and even rain forests. I couldn't be more excited, as I have always loved getting outside and having adventures. Camping, hiking, building a fire and connecting with nature. For myself, not many things could make a better vacation.
One of the features that sold me instantly were pictures of the Hoh Rainforest. Type in "Hoh Rainforest" in Google and check out the amazing pictures. Such beauty and wonderful shades of green everywhere. As soon as I looked at the pictures I was sold. I have always wanted to visit a rain forest, and this is a chance not only to live within it, but to also see many different types of wildlife including The Pacific Tree Frog, the Northern Spotted Owl, and even Black Bears. If a bear happens to show up, I will raise my hand and swear to prevent forest fires, I hear bears dig that sort of thing.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to catch a fish, cook it and then eat it to sustain myself. I am against animal cruelty, don't get me wrong, unless it's purpose is for food. Seriously, I love animals. They taste great!
The majority of the shirts I own are band t-shirts. I've worn band t-shirts since I was probably 10 or 11. I don't know what it is that draws me to wearing these more than anything else. I won't wear cartoon t-shirts, because I think that's kind of hokey, unless it's a really sweet, obscure work of art. I don't like any sports teams enough to wear that across my chest, except for the Tigers, but that's more so for nostalgia purposes and support for my hometown. I definitely don't wear any designer brands because that's just ridiculous. I'm not going to pay up the nose for some label. I do find it especially interesting that in Detroit and the majority of the Midwest in general, you don't see nearly as many Affliction and Ed Hardy shirts as one would in Florida, New York, and California. I guess angry, industrial midwest folk just don't want bejeweled skulls with roses going through the eye sockets.
Not only are the majority of my shirts band or music related, but they're all black. This one is an easy choice for me; black doesn't get dirty. I'm a boy, and boys sweat. In my case, profusely. Black shirts don't really show that. It doesn't show when I wipe dirt on them, it doesn't show when I spill drinks on them, and it doesn't show when BBQ sauce from Slow's gets on them - provided I clean it up ASAP.
Some of my favorite band shirts are really simple. There's a Mooney Suzuki shirt with a spider, a BRMC shirt with a skull, a Dirtbombs shirt with a vampire, and a badass Flaming Lips shirt with a comic strip illustrating outer space adventures, but that one's green. They fade and tear and get old, but I saw on Urban Outfitters that you can buy picture frames that host the beat up shirt. Those will go in my office one day when I actually have a house or condo, along with the mass amounts of gifts and presents I've collected from my tours of Japan.
I say all this because our band The High Crusade just finished mastering our album. Artwork is almost done. Next? THC t-shirts. You should all buy one. -@Lx