Photo illustration by Ben Park.

A Tie-Dye Shirt for Gen Xers Who Want to Dress Like Cool Teens for a Night

Our t-shirt of the week columnist admits he doesn’t wear a lot of graphic tees—but for this one, he made an exception.

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Nov 14 2017, 7:01pm

Photo illustration by Ben Park.

For a guy who LOVES graphic t-shirts, I almost exclusively wear clothing with no designs or logos. I am not sure what this says about me, but all of these wild t-shirts I collect are for sport, for the love of the game, because I just cannot get enough.

But once in awhile, I make an exception. I happened to be in Los Angeles last week for the opening of the newly remodeled Stüssy store on La Brea. They released a handful of t-shirts to celebrate, and one, in particular, caught my eye. To be honest, it would catch anyone’s eye: it’s pink tie-dye! A collaboration with Cactus Plant Flea Market, this insane long-sleeve features text, spiderwebs, and even a smiley face. As a 35-year-old man, this shirt should fall well outside of my jurisdiction, but I felt called! Luckily, I was blessed with an XL. I wore it to an intimate dinner party, and it was a hit—I would even say it was a subject of conversation. My friends loved to see me step outside of my comfort zone and for just one night, wear something from the Cool Teen Category™. I don’t think it would be appropriate to sport in New York City, but it is going to look great in my closet with all the other t-shirts that I will never wear.

Chris Black stars in an iconic Instagram boomerang, wearing the t-shirt in question:

Here is the t-shirt all alone, before it was owned and loved by Chris Black:

Photograph courtesy of Stüssy.