Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Every Shirt XCIV: Mortician

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shirt: Mortician - Chainsaw Dismemberment
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2006
provenance: catalog/band

I got this shirt as a consequence of some other merch I was ordering, specifically a more robust and wicked-metal bottle opener to replace the cheap plastic Headbangers' Ball one that I got at Metalfest '06 and ruined about 6 months later, Mortician being one of the few bands to make beer openers. (Said beer opener eventually wore out about 2 1/2 years later, and has been replaced by one I got from Coctopus in early '08.) Mortician also makes pretty awesome shirts, as this one will attest; this was a label order, but I'm pretty sure at this point that Mortician's label and merch point is the band themselves.

If you look at this on full size, you can see the rippling and clotting in the red ink that comprises the main part of the design. Seriously, this thing is like wearing a plastic chestplate as well as a t-shirt. Since this is a Mortician shirt, and one closely supervised by the band for production values, it makes sense that Will wouldn't want to skimp on the ink: this shirt's going to survive, and still keep its design, no matter how much bong water, motorcycle grease, Cheetos dust, and whatever the hell else gets thrown at it in the course of being worn by a Mortician fan. And at the end of all that, it's still going to be vibrant and brutal enough that it will never, ever, get ironically picked out of a thrift-store bin by some hipster.

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