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I have to say that historically my T-shirt selection in my wardrobe has been fairly limited. I have been a Polo shirt guy for most of my life and any T-shirt I would have would be fairly plain. However, recently I have been on a mini shopping spree of sorts on limited edition fan made t-shirts. Some sites I use are teefury.com qwertee.com theyetee.com shirtpunch.com shirt.woot.com and shirtoid.com is a fairly good source that groups many of these sites together. My recent purchases started off with a [URL=http://www.teefury.com/archive/1860/Usagi_s_Yo_Jimb_O_s/]Usagi Yojimbo shirt[/URL] that I could not pass up since official Usagi merchandise is fairly nonexistent. Since then I have gotten a [URL=http://www.teefury.com/archive/1838/Punch_Em_Out/]Punch Out/Rock'em Sock'Em Robots homage[/URL], [URL=http://theyetee.com/index.php?shirtid=adamghostgoblins]a Ghost and Goblins shirt[/URL] and I recently got this [URL=http://theyetee.com/index.php?shirtid=mallowmike33]Mario/Ghostbusters cross over[/URL] for my brother. I know they aren't the flashiest or most stylish designs and I wear them when I am out doing errands, but it is nice to have stuff where official merchandise is not available and the price isn't too bad for a limited edition shirt. I know stores like Hot Topic sell official licensed merchandise, but are usually just copy and paste of logos or character portraits. And of course the price isn't always too friendly to my wallet. To be honest I am kind of uneasy about some of the merchandise out there in-terms of unlicensed use of characters. There seems to be a fine line between parody and copyright infringement. Sometimes there are shirts out there that sell the idea of its parody like [URL=http://www.brokentier.com/products/tiger]Brokentier's "Tiger" shirt[/URL] but then they have their [URL=http://www.brokentier.com/products/napalm]Rocket Raccoon[/URL] shirt which clearly uses Marvel's character in a parody pose of SMB3. Then you have bullshit like http://shop.eternalrival.com/ that clearly either drew over sprites or in a couple of cases took official artwork and used that. They clearly took SvC Bison and pasted it on a shirt. I guess as long as you can claim parody you are safe, but I wonder how long that can really last as these type of sites have exploded in popularity it would seem. I hope that big companies pay attention to some of the themes these T-shirts use as I think many people don't want a shirt with a Logo or promotional art pasted on it, but a shirt that kind of stands on its own.
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