Out of Print t-shirts combine three of my passions—t-shirts, books, and graphic design—by printing the covers of books on their shirts.

From their mission statement:

How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It’s unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it’s more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it’s forever changed.

I love this statement, but not as much as I love the fact that for every t-shirt they sell, they give one book to a needful community through their partner Books for Africa. Brilliant.

Here are some of my favorite tees:

1984 by George Orwell

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I love almost everything about this store, but I’m not too keen on the fact that not all of their t-shirts are available for both sexes. Why can’t I have a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest t-shirt? I also don’t like that there is only one cover of a book by a female writer, and it’s only available for women. For real? Do you really expect me to believe that I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the only cover worth putting on a t-shirt and that only women will wear it?  If you’re worried about sales, try putting the cover of Delta of Venus on a t-shirt. I bet guys will want that one too.

Other than that, I’m a big fan.

Out of Print: store / blog

Update: Oh God, I forgot to include Ayn Rand in my count of female authors. And the cover of Atlas Shrugged is available for both women and men. How embarrassing (for me, that is).

Advertisements