There is a popular trend amongst young adults to get on the Internet, find the most offensive thing they can find printed on a shirt, and wear it to places that aren’t exactly appropriate. I don’t think it’s really the fault of these young adults. I think that everyone loves funny t-shirts. I also think that this new generation of college graduate is incredibly desensitized and doesn’t really know what is okay, and what is definitely NOT okay. Here’s some helpful tips:
The very first kind of shirt you should absolutely never be caught wearing, even if it means resorting to not wearing a shirt at all, are those cheap airbrush funny shirts you see on boardwalks, carnivals, and fairs. Anything that can have pictures of Pokemon, genital references, and semi-nude women on them is a travesty to t-shirts everywhere.
The second thing you should be aware of is the language your funny tees use. There are pretty much three levels of curse words, and I think we all know what they are without me listing them here. The tamest level are words that you can hear on Network television, the medium level are words that can be in a PG-13 movie, and the harshest level would give your movie a hard “R” rating. If you are going to be anywhere that kids may even remotely be, then play it safe and don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t see on prime-time T.V.
The last thing to consider before choosing what to wear from your funny tee shirts is the imagery on your shirt. There are lots of shirts out there that have some pretty strong sexual overtones on the design of the shirt. These images are in no way acceptable to wear in public, so just don’t do it. Be thoughtful of any family groups you may encounter. Would you want your kids seeing that at the supermarket?
Just keep in mind that not everyone in the world is as jaded as you are. To you, curse words and sexual content may seem like a minor issue. To many people, it is still a reason to be shocked and offended. Avoid the confrontations and avoid upsetting people who have done you no harm. Funny apparel has a time and a place.