Eight months after I wrote about my quest to find the smokiest bar in town, I received a package today from one of the finalists. The Clarette Club sent me a T-shirt that lauded its cigarette-friendly status. The front of the forest-green shirt is emblazoned with a drawing of a 12-armed Buddha. Each hand holds a cigarette, and the words “Smoke – Free of Charge” appear under the sacrilicious figure. The back of the T-shirt reads: “We’re so politically incorrect WE STINK.” Not surprisingly, the shirt and the envelope reeked of smoke.
How do you say, awesome? My colleagues and I love it when we get T-shirt-based feedback. Plus, I’m glad to see that the Clarette’s pretty active in supporting local silk-screeners. (The bar also quoted one of my Night Ranger columns in another shirt that read “a sleazy good time.”)
So, thanks, Clarette! Again, I’m honored. And my co-workers and I look forward to seeing more Pitch-related T-shirt responses around town. Perhaps something like “Dan Savage said it wouldn’t itch like that”? Or restaurant shirts that say “Charles Ferruzza told me to get forked”? Silk-screeners are standing by. – Jen Chen