The Greatest T-shirts In The Empire
Before I moved onto my beloved sailboat, I lived on land like a regular guy and had a pretty regular house. In that house was my home theater room, equipped with projectors (yeah that's right, two projectors), sound system, recliners, the whole lot that you'd expect in a movie room. The walls of my movie room were lined with some of my most cherished possessions, my favorite movie posters. Now I am a picky fellow when it comes to posters. I think that there are some posters that are really good at capturing the mood of the movie that they represent. But most film posters just don't cut it. They are dull, not vibrant or captivating at all and do nothing to convey any sense of what the movie is about. In short, most movie posters don't make me want to see the movie. It's like walking through the video store and looking at the DVD covers, hoping to find something that grabs you, makes you need to watch it. But all of the covers look the same. Bland, bland, bland.
Better Than Movie Posters
And then one day I noticed something interesting. Very interesting. To me at least and maybe to you as well by the end of this article. I noticed that there were a lot of pretty good t-shirts being worn around by fans. And that got me asking a poignant question, which was why aren't we hanging cool t-shirts the same way that we hang posters? The t-shirts often had better art on them and, to top it all off, the t-shirts were useful as well. Now I had a respectable collection of film posters but this striking idea sent me off on another quest. That quest was to find good, quality t-shirts that I could hang right along side my posters on my movie room walls. The hunt was on.
The T-shirt That Started It All
The First T-shirt
Of course I had t-shirts. Some from heavy metal bands like WASP (don't judge me) and some from movies like Superman (the Richard Donner one) but I never thought about hanging them on the wall like the pieces of art that they rightfully are. I was excitedly telling a New Zealander friend of mine about this new idea and she encouraged me. She even gave me a t-shirt that I cherish till this day to start me off. It was a very simple, black and white print of Herbert West, the character played so masterfully by actor Jeffrey Combs in the movie Re-Animator. This gift from Andrea was made even more special by the fact that she gave it to me while I was sitting WITH Jeffrey watching the movie in Andrea's underground cinema.
And with that very special t-shirt in hand, I was off to the races! My collection of wearable art started that day and continues until this day, oh so many years on.
Why Shogun Assassin
Lone Wolf And Cub T-Shirt
So Many T-shirts
One of the really fun things that I quickly found out when I started looking for Shogun Assassin t-shirts was that there are a wide variety available because fans are making them. That shows some real love for the quality of this cult classic. Fans of the film are taking it upon themselves to create these pieces of art and spread the word to others. I don't know about you, but if I saw people walking around sporting some of these T's then I would start thinking that I needed to watch this movie.
Baby Cart Of Death
In case you don't know the story, Shogun Assassin is about a samurai, who used to be the Shogun's personal decapitator, who rages across the lands of Japan and China seeking revenge for the murder of his beloved wife. And with him he takes his infant son. It is the son that you see so clearly in this particular tee-shirt. Lone Wolf, the assassin, pushes him around in a wooden cart that has an impressive array of weaponry of it's own. You really have to see it to believe it.
The Deadly Trio
What Do You Think?
Long Sleeves Instead
Little Samurai Daigoro Says
When we're on a mission, I keep count of how many ninja my father kills. He says not to keep count, only to pray for their souls. But if I don't keep count, I don't know how many souls to pray for. So I keep count. So far it's three hundred and forty-two.
— Daigoro (Lone Wolf's son)
The Masters Of Death
Connect With Other Shogun Assassin Fans Here!
Fans celebrating together and sharing their knowledge of the cult classic movie SHOGUN ASSASSIN. A revenge tale where a rogue samurai wanders ancient Japan and China with his infant son as he seeks to exact bloody vengeance against the Shoguns ninjas
The Shogun's Symbol.
The Movie That Spawned The T-shirts
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© 2018 Dale Anderson
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2019:
If you have been collecting them for many years, you must have quite a sizable collection by now! Which are your favorites?
Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on March 21, 2019:
I have collected some great ones over the years and they always bring back the memories of the days I got them. It has turned into a kind of a team hobby with the wife and i always on the look out for another cool tshirt to add to our collection.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2019:
Regarding hanging T-shirts on walls, football, and other sports jerseys have been framed and used as art for some time now. So I am not surprised to hear that those ones publicizing movies are used in the same manner.
Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on January 03, 2019:
That's why you have to get two copies of the ones you like lol! One to wear and one to hang as art. Good t-shirts can be hard to find so when you see one you like, grab it.
Dale Anderson (author) from The High Seas on January 03, 2019:
Thank you. It is the snow cart version yes. I just picked up a new t shirt myself and am making a frame to hold it. I could buy a frame but I like to make them myself.
Nell Rose from England on January 02, 2019:
My son would love some of these! great idea, but better to wear them, lol!
Six String on January 02, 2019:
That first t-short is really something special. That's the snow cart version, right? So cool. I wish I had one of those when I was a kid. I'm going to get that tshirt and watch all of my movie fan friends become green with envy. Thanks for posting this.
Sword Master on November 10, 2018:
I freeking LOVE the t-short at the top. The one with the exploded view of the baby cart. That is unbelievably great and I would wear that every day. I better get two, one to hang and one to wear.
Samurai Fan on November 07, 2018:
This is an odd but interesting idea. Tee shorts instead of posters on my walls? I bet the tshirts hold their value a lot longer than my posters. I'm going to ask around and see if anyone else is doing this. Thanks for the idea!