Ex-Journalist Realizes That Semi-Ironic T-Shirt Market Is More Recession-Proof Than Scribing

Apr 16th, 2009 // 10 Comments

Former Kerrang! writer Howard Johnson has figured out a way to make money in this current crazy word-hostile age: T-shirts! Hey, everybody needs to be clothed, right? Sadly, he doesn’t have a replica of this top at his online store SaltyRockz, but he does have lots of other options for people who like to have passerby staring at their chests. The “Home Taping Is Killing Music” shirt at left—which seems so quaint now!—is but one of the items available at Johnson’s self-funded “labour of love”:

The 5150 call-out is a nice touch, although good luck wearing this without getting into at least one heated argument.

Also available in British and French. Somehow not available in Texan.

Um, I would probably wear this. Because I’m so bad I should be in detention!

Lawsuit in 3… 2…. 1….

Johnson also has a blog; the top entry is a touching story about Warrant where Jani Lane uses the term “fuckin’ faggot.” God I hope this doesn’t mean there’s a Sebastian Bach homage lurking on his shelves.

SaltyRockz [Official site]
[via Sleaze Roxx]

  1. MayhemintheHood

    I’m not getting the “not” shirt.

  2. MayhemintheHood

    * “getting”

  3. Christopher R. Weingarten

    i hope you don’t live in new york cuz i’m getting it too

  4. Anonymous

    Why do they have a t-shirt design for every single song on Chinese Democracy?? That’s definitely overkill…and frankly bordering on disturbing. Is there really a market for those shirts?

  5. MayhemintheHood

    @Maura Johnston: ohhhhhhhh. Got it. Funny.

  6. Cam/ron

    I’m tempted to get the “NOT” shirt since our nation was in a recession when that buzzword was da shite.

  7. Anonymous

    I’m tempted to get it too, but I see Scott Ian every fucking where I go in Los Angeles these days.

  8. KikoJones

    I’d sure like to bump into someone wearing that 5150 one, while I’m out in my classic VH logo tee. Especially if it’s some irony-loving hipster wearing it.

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