Many artists have the fantasy of blanketing the entire world with their art. And even if they don’t, it’s been one of mine since childhood. The quest to make this fantasy a reality has included drawing Snoopy on the garage wall, being grounded for drawing Snoopy on the garage wall, painting rocks that pepper my backyard garden, and creating loads of colorful signs found in yards and homes from Alabama to Australia.
And now it also includes a few items of clothing, one of which is this fun ‘n’ freaky skeleton shirt. While it took me several weeks to actually wear this shirt after I designed and ordered one for myself, the results were wonderful. And I wanted to make sure others didn’t go through a similar dilemma if they’re wondering if they, too, should wear this shirt or not.
So here come a bunch of reasons why you should or should not wear this shirt. Go through the lists, check off items that apply, and then tally the results for your final answer.
Why You Should Wear This Shirt
It features original artwork of a skeleton sporting a Mohawk – the perfect chance to boast a Mohawk without cutting a single strand of your hair.
The skeleton grabs attention without needing to swear, break things or otherwise resort to violence. He also appears on the front AND the back!
It doesn’t say mean things, like “I’m with stupid.”
Unlike many tank tops these days, it doesn’t come with padded inserts or ridiculous cleavage you’d be embarrassed to wear in front of your mother.
It pairs keenly with cut-offs or other simple shorts in the summer heat.
Why You Should Not Wear This Shirt
You’re heading to a corporate meeting with a strict dress code (when I worked in corporate America 100 years ago, I used to get a dress code memo on my desk at least once a week).
Skeletons irk you.
You’re already wearing super loud, plaid gauchos or a flowing, flowered skirt, both of which could clash with the Mohawk skeleton.
You accidentally left it somewhere your dog could access it and he has since chewed a hole in the middle and used it as a blanket.
Gillespie was this chunky little ornery dog we met at the dog park. He was a real jerk.
What made him jerky?
He followed us around snarling. Then he tried to get between my own dogs and me, snarling at them if they came near me. Then he incessantly sniffed butts while snarling some more. He finally snarled one too many times in my dog Gigi’s face and Gigi attacked him.
Then what happened?
Then we left.
What were Gillespie’s owners doing during all this?
Just sitting there on a bench. They finally said the dog’s name after the attack. Maybe to prevent another one?
Or maybe they wanted Gillespie to get attacked and killed so they didn’t have to bring him back home.
No, people can’t be that cruel – even with a jerky dog.
So what should people do if they have a jerky dog?
Not bring him out in public.
And warn any visitors to the home that a jerky dog is on the property.
You mean they should buy one of your custom dog signs on Etsy?
Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.
And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.
That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.
Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.
As with most folks, I end up on a bazillion mailing lists and receive about 46 pounds of printed catalogs every week. Some I recycle without thinking, but something made me look through the Celtic catalog of goodies.
And now I’m hooked.
While I have yet to actually buy anything from the specific company that sent the catalog, I feel in love with several items — like the crystal ball, a delicious leather carrying pouch, and the Wheel of the Year.
Wheel of the Year Explained
The Wheel of the Year is a calendar that depicts the four Celtic fire festivals/holidays, with the two solstices and equinoxes.
Samhain: Oct. 31
YULE: Dec. 21, Winter solstice
Imbolc: Feb. 1 (or 2)
OSTARA: March 21, Spring equinox
Beltane: May 1
LITHA: June 21, Summer solstice
Lughnasad: Aug. 1
MABON: Sept. 21, Fall equinox
You can clearly see the link to holidays like Halloween, Easter, May Day and even Groundhog Day, especially if you like Imbolc being on Feb. 2 instead of Feb. 1.
A variety of Wheel of the Year versions are all for sale all over the web, but none had the exact je ne sais quoi for which I was searching. So I made my own.
Antique steel wagon wheel found on eBay
Wire and glue
Paint, paint and more paint: Matte black, hammered black, hammered copper, aluminum and hammered silver, and paint markers in black, white, metallic gold and silver.