May 3


Star Wars Shirts for Women, etc. | Fun Memories of Star Wars 3

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Well, market forces and technology changed everything in the ensuing years. Between the release of Star Wars in 1977 and the first sequel, Mann had learned how to hand paint his own of Star Wars shirts, an endeavor which presaged his creation of an entire line of Star Wars shirts for women, men and everybody else in more recent years.

And by the time of the release of Return of the Jedi (a shocking six years after Star Wars; it was originally going to be called "Revenge of the Jedi" and released in 1980), video tape was making it's impact all across America.

This was a miracle for movie geeks of all stripes. People were theoretically able to own their own copies of Star Wars movies and watch it whenever they wanted, in the comfort of their own homes!

Star Wars Shirts for Women, Boys, Girls, Men and Other Humanoids of the Galactic Empire!

Whether you're a gungun (sorry) or a wookie, a Jedi or a bounty hunter, or some other spacefarer, we've got cool, funny Star Wars shirts for women, boys, girls, men and everybody else. Even ewoks! 😳

star wars shirts for women - THE FARCE is STRONG in YOU!

If THE FORCE isn't with you... then THE FARCE almost certainly is! Mann knows this all too well from personal experience...

star wars shirts for women - Storm Trooper School of Marksmanship

Storm Trooper aim is notoriously bad. Either you can't see anything outta those helmets or the sights are off or...? 

Of course, this was pragmatically impossible for most, as actually buying commercially recorded movies in those days was prohibitively expensive. Getting your hands on movies was what the local video store was for.

Parenthetically, this was a time of great panic for the movie business, as it was believed that "home viewing" would kill theaters. The studios clearly did not believe in The Force. 

The Market Force. 

The same fears were floated (even more so) when DVD arrived. Ironically, overall, the new technologies actually increased public interest, gave the studios a means to monetize their enormous back catalogues (which had never really existed before), and in general, made the studios more money, and more consistent money, too.

Instead of living and dying by their latest films, the big, well-known studios had a source of ongoing revenue. Who knew that video tape would force them to change their business model – kicking and screaming the entire way – to something even better?

The relentless march of technological progress would continuously bring the price of actually owning a movie down. The arrival of video disks, followed by DVDs and then Blu-Ray, made it possible. But streaming services and ultimately, video on demand, have made owning a movie unnecessary.

Taken together, it all ultimately spelled the end of that favorite fixture of American life, the video store, for good. Yes, kids, another whole business category wiped out by time and technology.

blockbuster video store going out of business sale - no Star Wars shirts for women (or anybody else) here anymore!

The trip to the video store is (snif) no more. Besides the movies themselves, you could get all kinds of cool, fun stuff, from popcorn and snacks, to movie memorabilia like posters, figurines, plush toys and Star Wars shirts for women, men and other space beings. Alas, no mas.  

For Mann, the "Star Wars experience," such as some have characterized it, was profound. Luckily (or maybe unluckily, depending on how you measure it) our young artist came of age when George Lucas' fervid imagination and blockbuster films were a powerful force on both the culture and the collective imagination.

For a young lad like Mann, it's all inextricably tied to seminal life events, like graduations and girlfriends, first jobs and cars, the early phases of adulthood and the departure from childish things. To some extent, anyway.

Not to mention a line of Star Wars shirts for women, men, kids and other bipeds. 

The girlfriends, the cars, the jobs – even most of the buddies are vanished to the mists of time – but the love of Star Wars lingers on. It probably always will...

Formative Life Experiences: Girls, Cars and Star Wars (Not Necessarily In That Order)

For one movie to be readily viewable at the local theater for an entire year, when most movies were gone in, at best, a month or two, was quite the thing. Two years earlier, another one of Mann's formative favorites, Jaws, had had crowds lined up around the block too.

It was, for a few short years, the biggest blockbuster of all time, and the one by which everything else was measured. In fact, the term "blockbuster" was put into common use by the long, box office busting run of Jaws. But the lines and showings faded out within a few months. Star Wars seemed to go on forever and ever and ever...
star wars premiere typical line may 1977

If you wanted to see Star Wars in the summer of 1977, you got used to lines like this. And you also realized you were not going to meet any girls in line, either...

Mann and his friends joked that Star Wars would be the first movie in history to be showing everywhere, forever, on continuous loop...

The ubiquity of the film meant young dorks like our insane genius could see Star Wars multiple times over a period of many months. Being a teenager then, he was old enough that he didn't have to drag anyone along with him, either. 

Young Mann saw Star Wars over 30 times – quite a few times by himself – during that year long period. It got to the point where he could recite entire sections from memory! And he would have seen it more but, sigh... allowance only went so far.

Most of his family, of course, thought he was absolutely insane – an opinion that many still hold. And perhaps he was. He had no inkling back then, as a budding artist, that his "insanity" would hold him in good stead, and that one day he'd work on Lucasfilm projects as a professional, or design funny Star Wars tshirts for other fans decades later.
star wars premiere line early cosplayers and fanboys 1977

Cosplay? Maybe. But fan boys? Clearly, yes! This line is probably for Return of the Jedi in 1983, but it shows the kind of fanatic dedication to Star Wars found in those days (note E.T. tshirt in background; the film came out in 1982.)

Despite it all, Mann's final watch tally paled in comparison to that of other even more hard core devotees (i.e. other young lunatics). He later had a frenemy who bragged about seeing Star Wars over 100 times during that same period. Now that, Mann commented recently, tongue in cheek, "seemed a tad bit obsessive."

But given the time, it was understandable too.

If you were a dork in those days, you knew you might never see Star Wars again till your kids were in college, and all you would have to go by was your old, worn-out Star Wars shirts and fond recollections. It was best to top off the memories as much as possible, as they were all you would have for many years to come.

A few years later, Mann's chief interest was his unrequited love for the prettiest girl in school and somehow acquiring wheels that didn't have to be pedaled (so as to impress said girl, among other things), but his passion for Star Wars never wavered...

And it led, eventually, to his series of Star Wars shirts for women, boys, girls, men and wookies. But not ewoks. Oh no. NOT ewoks!

Some Guys Get "The Force" – Other's Get "The Farce" – And It Is With Them, Always...

Mann shudders when recounting all the different ways he has "bought the whole farm, manure and all" more than once, and is sure the evil genius behind it all, George Lucas, has laughed all the way to the bank – repeatedly!

There were the innumerable versions and editions of the Star Wars saga, on tape, video disk, DVD, Blu-ray... not to mention all the other related memorabilia... many thousands of dollars worth, at least...

star wars IV a new hope harrison ford carrie fisher mark hamill storm troopers 1977

The three young stars of Star Wars, with imperial escort (or perhaps chaperone), unaware of what the future will bring. For years, Harrison Ford seemed embarrassed by his role (he doesn't look too happy here), but went on to great stardom. Poor Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (RIP) were forever typecast, though she seemed to suffer the most from it all, at least personally. They all look as if Mann's funny Star Wars shirts for women, men, storm troopers, etc. might have cheered them up, but we'll never know... 

Today, Mann's enthusiasm for Star Wars has waned considerably; the inevitable result of the distance of years, decades of life experience and, as Mann is pained to say, what he would consider very bad creative choices made by Lucasfilm over the course of time.

Many highly personal Star Wars-related memories, good and bad, which we've only touched on here, don't change his fundamental love for the pastiche science-fantasy universe of George Lucas. Which probably explains, despite it all, why he's created his archly funny line of Star Wars shirts for women, children and aliens (as long as they are bilaterally symmetrical, anyway). 

Yes, it's difficult to feel great affection when still smarting, decades later, over the existential and unforgivable threats of so-cute-I-might-puke ewoks and an entire race of Rastafarian gungans, or forgive such transgressions. It may even explain his "The Farce" series of tees, and other somewhat caustic, satirical Star Wars-inspired designs. But despite it all, the unrequited love lives on...

Or maybe Mann's just fixated on getting back at George Lucas for "the slight" all those years ago. But that's a long Seinfeldian tale of bitter Hollywood resentment and revenge, better left for another time...

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I'm the guy that captains the ship. Or runs it aground. Or sinks it, as the case may be. Mann does the hard stuff. We occasionally grab a brewski when we're not hurling invective – or hard objects – at each other. One thing we always agree on though – your feedback, support and patronage are greatly appreciated. Yousa!

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