If you’re going to be out in the world wearing funny t-shirts and making people laugh with just your mere presence, then you really need to take a hard look at the types of shirts you’re wearing before you drag them out in public. T-shirts are not the same as spoken words. You can pick and choose who you speak your words to, but you can’t monitor who is looking at your shirt.

The first thing you need to consider before wearing funny shirts out in the wide world is the level of stupidity your shirt implies about you. There are some pretty stupid shirts out there that may seem cute and charming at first glace, but that are actually just dumb. Shirts that feature crushed beer cans, girls in bikinis, or both come to mind. Remember that whatever your shirt says, it says about you.

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?

The best thing to do is to just be aware of your surroundings. Your funny apparel needs to be appropriate to what you’re doing and where you’d be going. If you’re going to a bar for drinks with friends, then it’s okay to where your shirts that may be a little bit raunchy. A bar is a setting for adults, and you can dress appropriately. If you’re going to the park to grill out…then maybe leave the clothes with the dirty words on them behind, okay?

For more information about funny t-shirts check out Matt’s pick for the best cool shirts on the web.


If you were to ask me what it is that makes a funny t-shirt, my answer would be pretty simple. Does the t-shirt make people laugh? Bingo, you’ve got a funny t-shirt on your hands. However, if you were to ask me what makes a great funny t-shirt then my answer would be slightly different. We’ve already established that the t-shirt makes people laugh, but does the t-shirt say something? I know the stupid thing has words on it, but does it deal with social issues? Does it make the viewer laugh…and then think?

That’s exactly what our t-shirt of the month does. This t-shirt is titled, “Don’t Shoot Officer, I’m White” and can be found here for purchase at a website called http://www.foulmouthshirts.com. These guys are notorious for pushing the envelope, even when it isn’t in their best interest to do so. They make offensive and funny t-shirts no matter whose feathers they decide to ruffle, and I have crazy amounts of respect for them because of that.

This t-shirt they released is no exception. It does everything a great funny t-shirt should because it invokes an immediate laugh and then the social commentary of the shirt sinks in and you realize that there is something much deeper going on here. There is a social stigma that the police profile blacks over whites when it comes to enforcing the law, and this t-shirt throws that stigma in the face of anyone who sees it. This shirt tells us that it shouldn’t be normal for the black population of America to be looked at with any more disdain than any other race. Making a joke out of the issue lessens the impact of such a statement so that it is much easier to take. If the medicine is taken with a smile, it tastes a lot less bitter going down.

The design is spare and the use of color quite absent. I think this aids in the deliver of the joke because the viewer doesn’t get too distracted by flashy print or bright colors. The words are given with a starkness that emphasizes the severity of the message.

Because this t-shirt has gotten me involved with some really excellent conversation with complete strangers, the daring nature of this t-shirt, and the fact that it’s gotten a belly laugh every time I’ve worn it out in public; this t-shirt is getting honored with the T-Shirt of the Week Award from me…as if anything I think or write really matters that much. YET!

Don't Shoot Officer!

Don't Shoot Officer, I'm White!