Here’s my latest Ed Roth-inspired t-shirt acquisition. Roth-style monster-in-a-hot-rod designs continue to inspire new t-shirt designs: this one for construction workers. Because they’re all about letting out the id; and I guess that after seven or eight hours on a caterpillar you might just feel the impulse to bulldoze an gas station or something.
Everybody knows what a Roth-style car creature means — WILD and CRAZY!
But where do you draw the line? What’s in the Roth mold, and what is not?
Not long after I found this tee, I came across another one that might have qualified: a sheep driving a tractor. The tee was from some additudinal collegiate agriculture club that was proclaiming it’s badassery. They’d simply taken a clip-art image of a sheep and placed (sort of) in the diver’s seat of a clip-art image of a tractor.
But was it Roth-like? I have criteria:
- Is the driver way out of proportion in size to the vehicle? Well, yeah, by its size that would have been a thousand-pound sheep.
- Does the driver have bug eyes? No, just sheep eyes.
- Did it have fangs or snaggle teeth? No, no teeth at all.
- Did it have a maniacal leer on its face? No, just a sheep expression. AKA, no expression.
- Was the tractor popping a wheelie? Nope
- Was the tractor spewing flames or smoke? Nope.
You need at least three out of the six to get into my Roth-inspired t-shirt selection. It failed. I left it on the rack. Sorry guys, so near and yet so far!
Oh, by the way: don’t take this seriously. I’m not that far gone into t-shirt geekdom. Yet.