Shirt: Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard In My Backyard (Reproduction)
Brand: Fruit Of the Loom Best
Source: this is one of those albums that was right up there with Violent Femmes where i listened to it religiously. it played a big part of a few of my summers. i could never see a Camero drive by again with out thinking to myself…”that’s a Bitchin’ Camero!” This band would find it self weaving its way in and out of my life for a while. with Songs Like Punk Rock Girl, Stuart, Tiny Town…so many songs written by dudes who clearly felt as out of place as a kid as i did. and i related to that a lot. the reason you never see me with a Dead Milkmen shirt on here is because they are so really hard to find and locate, when you do its mostly just the Cow logo that is in most part kinda boring and doesn’t do the band justice.
unit one day i follow this guy on Tumblr guilt regret now mind you i don’t know this guy, but after seeing a year or so of someones tumblr feed you get to learn a few things about them. he likes Horror movies, cats, his lady who i think he also met on Tumblr, but most of all he likes music and a lot of weirder stuff i am into as well, but more importantly for this post he seemed to be one of the bigger Dead Milkmen fans i have come across in my life. and one day he posted dup this pic which looks like maybe he worked at a record store and this was an instore signing the band did.
I mean clearly it was or why else would you wear your meat puppets and public enemy shirts right? but guilt regret was the guy on the right wearing a really great Big Lizard shirt that i totally fell in love with. so i immediately emailed him and asked if he still had that shirt. month went by he said he would look but who knows? i do realize that people have other priorities in life other that to fulfill my requests for pictures of their old laundry. its my obsession not theirs. so i politely emailed later and nudged..”hey you by chance find it yet?” the answer was sadly no on his part, it was if he missed it as much as i was curious to know about it. a lost friend perhaps and like a lot os posts on here the shirt tends to remind of of certain times in our life good or bad and we grow fond of them. so that was it. its gone. i will never know.
then a few month later as if someone could sense i was hunting, posted this one on ebay, shit maybe it was even the same one!. sure it wasn’t my size and had a little road wear on it but it was there. the guts.
So after taking a few pictures and thinking this shirt would be easy to remake and how stoked would guilt regret be to get another copy of this and i could have one too i started in. then i realized quickly that this design was so difficult to copy cause it was not the same as the album cover, which is a whole different story in itself that it is impossible to find but thanks to a super nice friend and her co worker dug up a copy, scanned it and sent to me. after putting ht album cover over this image i realized i wouldn’t be able to use any of it. and the girl who sent me the album cover scan was excited cause she told me who much she loved this record too. to that was 3 people i would be able to stoke out if i could pull this off. so it was kind of a mission now, but i ended up having to redraw this entire thing by hand. and it was not easy. it took me many hours of drawing grass at the right thickness, the correct placement and doing everything i can to make it as best and honor the original to the best of my ability.
In the end i think i did a pretty good job. I’m proud of the work i put into it and now i have this shirt that I can carry on and create new memories in and hopefully do the same for the people i mentioned above and for a new people as well. so after printing them i was quite proud, put a few up for sale in the store here and if you want one grab it tell a friend and have a good day.
a little Dead Milkmen playlist below for you all to enjoy and brush up on if you will.