April 04, 2012

I wish it could be 1996 again


Interpunk has recreated the old "...women who love them" shirt that we used to sell on our mid-90s tours. It was our biggest selling design, I believe, for many years, but it's been a long time since it was possible to buy one commercially. (The Interpunk guys got the design from a shirt they found on ebay.)

Anyway, head over there and buy one, or one of their other MTX shirts, or various other products.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 4, 2012 08:15 PM

NICE, gotta have one!

Posted by: Chito at April 4, 2012 08:33 PM

I would love a re-release of the old Lookout ringer t-shirt with the color blocks on the front. It's always been my all-time favorite shirt, but I'm afraid to wear it much anymore because it's getting old and won't survive too many more washings. Like me.

Posted by: Requester at April 4, 2012 08:39 PM

Why is she pouring out a bottle of wine? Just to be mean?

Posted by: Nate Pensky at April 4, 2012 09:04 PM

Not sure, but her face and neck is a wine glass from one of the other iterations of this collage.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 4, 2012 09:15 PM

man, I'm old. I actually own that shirt.
it's really BEAT up and ultra comfortable.
i can only wear it on special occasions.

Posted by: .jeff. at April 4, 2012 09:21 PM

So, are these authorized? Do the band members get any money?

Posted by: DokRyan at April 4, 2012 09:43 PM

Trying to figure out a possible scenario where I'd be hyping it like this if I hadn't authorized it, but I can't imagine one. Yes, it is authorized.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 4, 2012 10:19 PM

I wore that shirt out after my girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me at a Boston show in winter of '95-'96. I finally parted with it a year or two ago due to all the holes. Glad to see it's back.

Posted by: Scott at April 5, 2012 02:25 AM

Frank, are you ever going to do a run of Nein Danke shirts? That was the classic MTX shirt, imho.

Posted by: Nein Danke Guy at April 5, 2012 07:48 PM

I have the colored shapes ringer, the nein danke/happy face, the Japan tour shirt (w/ the witch on the front), and the "It's Hot on MTX Island" tee with the bikini girl laden volcano spewing (I have received many ugly and angry looks from women for wearing THAT one in public, by the way...and more than a couple of people have asked me the question, "MTX Island...is that the name of an adult video store???").

Posted by: David at April 6, 2012 12:08 AM

Nein Danke Guy: when we first had the idea I thought "this is so funny, everyone's going to totally get it and think we're brilliant and want to buy them." But, in fact, almost no one got it. People bought them, but with a befuddled, slightly tentative attitude, as though we were more to be pitied than censured. I imagine the lack of familiarity with that anti-nuclear power campaign is far greater now, so it's hard to imagine too many people wanting them.

Anyway, you're right that it's "the classic MTX shirt." I've tended to see it as a pretty good metaphor for the entire project, frankly.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 6, 2012 03:30 PM

The one I got from Lookout mailorder is still in good shape. At the same time,I also got on old service worker's (Mobile gas station) shirt with an iron on "Bud" on front and "MTX songs about girls" on back. Did I buy the only one?

Posted by: bob at April 7, 2012 06:43 AM

Frank, at last year's Insub Fest I saw someone wearing a MTX shirt with the Baltimore Orioles logo they said they got at a previous Insub Fest. Being from Baltimore I decided I must have it but can't find any leads online, etc. Any chance of seeing leftovers or a reprint at this years fest?

Posted by: Alex at April 11, 2012 02:45 AM

I got a lot of wear out of that "And the women..." shirt. It was one of my favorites until my father threw it out in one of his purges of my punk paraphernalia.

Posted by: JL at April 13, 2012 04:46 AM

bob: we sold thousands of those "work shirts" in those days. Weirdly popular item.

Alex: that Orioles logo shirt was just a one-off for that one show in 2007, and I'm pretty sure they all went. It is doubtful there'll be a reprint. I did see one on ebay once, so you could look there.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at April 13, 2012 04:27 PM

I bought that shirt while following MTX around on tour in the NJ/PA/MD area back in, oh, 1997. I still have it, along with my "work-shirt" emblazoned with the MTX logo and signed by you, dear Dr. Frank. I'm pretty sure I refused to wash that shirt because of my undying love for you.


Posted by: cheryl at May 3, 2012 02:16 PM