>> When I first saw this shirt, I didn't really think twice about it. But I recently rediscovered it, and something about it is just sticking with me, like meat on bones. It's kinda like when you like something, and you don't know why, but you're positive that that you do. There's some kind of deeper reason, and you just can't put your finger on it.
Indie designer Wendy Mullin says of her t-shirt designs: "With most of the stuff I make, I am not really concerned if people will like it or even get it. Most of the pop culture references are like private jokes with myself...So it's choosing things that I relate to." And maybe it's that vibe that I'm getting -- there's something in this shirt she designed that I can relate to. The scene depicted is from one of my favorite books, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, where 8-year-old Scout is walking home from a Halloween pageant, dressed in a large ham costume. Wendy draws Scout in an inky dark limbo, waiting, inviting the vengeful Bob Ewell to attack her. Her ham suit saves her from his knife swipes, and you've got the eerie feeling Scout knows the enigmatic Boo Radley will come to her rescue. And so she waits, biding her time, an 8-year-old wiser than her years, for the benevolent man to appear.
I know it sounds a little bit nutso to have such intense feeling about a t-shirt, but I kind of like it. I think it's better to wear things that mean something to you, than to wear things just because someone else is wearing them, anyway.
Ham Tee, $35, Built by Wendy