I’m a big Hunter S. Thompson fan. Sometimes I think it’s an odd fit. I’m a feminist (though I could argue that seeking out misogyny written in prose by “dead white males” is for a tireless sort, which I am not.) I don’t do psychedelic drugs. I’m not trying to be a journalist. But I am drawn to the off-kilter, the experimental, the cynical. As an aspiring writer I admire his brand of journalism, his uncanny ability to somehow encapsulate an entire generation. Sometimes in a single sentence.
“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives…and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
I found a screen printing company based here in Columbus called Skreened where I was able to design this shirt. It’s printed on an American Apparel unisex v-neck with an outline of Hunter S. Thompson’s face on the front and the Gonzo logo on the back. I was inspired by Brodie’s t-shirt in Mallrats.
I roll the sleeves up and typically pair it with a blazer and combat boots. It’s one of the best things I own. There’s also something really satisfying about knowing that I’m the only one with this shirt. You can sell your designs on Skreened, but I wanted this all for myself (because I am a beautiful and unique snowflake.)
Skreened tshirt, H&M blazer, Adriano Goldschmied jeggings, Doc Martens, Target watch, YesStyle bracelet