Photo illustration by Ben Park.

Please Don't Wear This T.I. Shirt

It features a (fake! Duh!) photo of the rapper T.I. (aka Tip) wearing nothing but Jordans in a sauna!

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Feb 14 2018, 1:39pm

Photo illustration by Ben Park.

I haven’t thought much about Bankhead legend Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.—aka T.I., aka Tip—in a very long time. But yesterday I saw this Tweet making the rounds; it seemed that Tip was bragging about this truly hideous boot lacing job. It got me thinking about how great he once was. I mean, this guy had a fucking run! “Rubberband Man,” “Bring Em Out,” “U Don’t Know Me,” “What You Know,” “Big Shit Poppin (Do It),” “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life" featuring (the goddess) Rihanna, and “Dead and Gone,” featuring Justin Timberlake (before everyone hated him). He also brought the world Young Dro, a criminally underrated rapper who deserves MUCH more attention.

But in recent years, Tip has made some missteps. He started talking funny, got popped with machine guns in a parking lot, did a family-friendly reality show for VH1 that made him a little too loveable, and worst of all, he signed Iggy Azaelia and ushered her into the mainstream.

“Chris, get to the t-shirts! We come here for cool t-shirts, not to hear you wax about another great rapper from your extremely cool hometown of Atlanta.” The thing is, I barely have words for this shirt. I, your loquacious host, was left…SPEECHLESS. Canadian skate brand Clubgear has produced a limited edition t-shirt featuring Tip (“coming live from the VIP!”), well, completely nude wearing sneakers and a straight brim fitted hat in the sauna? It’s insane; it’s brilliant, it’s EXPLICIT. (And it’s definitely a fake photo.) The t-shirt run seems to be limited to ten pieces. If I am honest, I don’t need this one. But I am delighted that it exists. Pushing the limits of good taste should always be rewarded!

Here it is, in its censored glory:

The most NSFW shirt of all time!