dressed up like a lady: Well, It's Mine Now: MC's Painted Sweatshirt

Jun 9, 2011

Well, It's Mine Now: MC's Painted Sweatshirt

It's that time again. Time to tell you about the clothes once belonging to my dearest loved ones, who thought their shit was safe.  

Are you frightened? Confused? Unsure how to act on your own primitive aggression? If it's any option but the last one, you can see previous posts in the series if you click here

Customized sweatshirt: MC's via ancient history
Shorts: H&M
Boots: Doc Martens via 6pm.com
Sunglasses: Thrifted

This grey sweatshirt has had a fairly long life, when you think about it. Generic basics like this are so anonymous, they often enter mixed up situations like camping trips and gym classes, and are never seen or heard from again. 

Unless, of course, you wear said item to paint sets for the high school musical with your girlfriend at the time, and add your own decorative touches -- as MC and his old galpal did with this one.

MC dons the long enduring sweatshirt while washing something unknown in his parents' late-80's kitchen.

My reasons for digging this vibe are 4-fold:

1: Who hasn't been painting a wall, or a picture, or a set for a school play, and been totally unable to resist dipping a palm into the colorful, noxious stuff? I assert that it's universal.

2: It totally looks sweet.

3: Clothing modifications are the shiz, in my opinion, especially when they're impulsive. It's all well and awesome to hem this, or add skillful decoration to that (cough*Tiffany*cough) if you're talented enough to do so, but there's also something special about the top you scissored the collar off of right before leaving the house, or the jeans you drew on with a sharpie because you got bored waiting at the dentist's office.

4: It warms the cockles of my heart to wear something that MC put his own hands to (so to speak), all those years ago, and probably never intended to be particularly enjoyed by anyone else.

(You knew the sappiness bomb was going to drop, don't even act surprised!) 

Actually, as long as I'm waxing sappy: I must admit that it's oddly enjoyable to love this shirt as an extension of loving MC, even -- or perhaps, especially -- if it shares a little history with a different girl. After all, every little thing in life brings us to who and where we are today, right? I have a good reason to adore anything from MC's history that delivered him to my lovin' arms, including any chick he might have dated as a teenager (who also clearly had a good eye for clothing modification!) Not to mention, there's that Rod McKuen line: "The life I left, I open up to you/To tread upon and travel through."

Oh, and it doesn't hurt that I did a remarkably similar thing to my own shirt, back when I was in high school.  Hence the universality.
My own painted shirt, created during some wild and crazy afternoon in my high school's stage shop, following my own scenery-painting session. Those are my hand prints. 
Strangely, even though this shirt has been living at my parents' house for the past several years, I actually put it on last night when a routine visit to mom and dad's erupted into a full on water fight and I got totally soaked. When I went poking around, looking for something dry to wear home, this relic turned up in the first drawer I opened. Perhaps it sensed the competition.

Matt Collar chillaxes with his Grandpa and a hot pair of clubmaster sunglasses.

Maybe I should do some posts about heat-of-the-moment clothing mods. I've got a pair of Vans that I can't stop drawing on, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

The usual applies: I don't like talking in a vacuum! If you like to steal your loved one's clothes, or have a soft spot for modifying wearables on the fly, I want to hear about it.


  1. I have a paint shirt as well. It also has hand prints, a smiley face, and a picture of a turtle. :)

  2. First off, I love this series. It's humorous and sweet, but most of all it's original to you and your blog. And thank you for the shout-out, haha. I'm also a fan of the quick and dirty diys that you mentioned, and as for painted clothing... I have a pair of jeans from high school (they no longer fit but I've held on to them for sentimental purposes) that I wore while painting sets for a HS play (seems this is a frequent place for people who paint on their clothes?) and there are two bright orange handprints on the rear. Over the years I've decorated them further with sharpie marker quotes and they are among my most favorite pieces of clothing that I can't wear.

    YES to the modified clothing posts. I'd love to see those vans


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