I’VE WORN ALL THE SHIRTS IN THE DRAWER, $5, 5½” x 4¼”, cardstock and photo cover, 68 pgs.

Sep 29, 2020

This quarter-size zine looks at sixty-four T-shirts the owner, A.j. Michel, wore from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re all different and range from band T-shirts, to ones with cartoon characters on them. Along with each photo, A.j. writes about where and why she got the shirt. Below that she shares something that went on with her life that day, usually relating to living during such an uncertain time. In theory, I really like this idea. The reality is that it was slightly disappointing. While I thought the range of T-shirts would be intriguing, many of them were rather plain, with a healthy amount being from places like Old Navy. If you’re buying a T-shirt from Old Navy, there’s not going to be much of a tale to tell. Instead, what I found much more interesting was to see one person’s take on life during COVID and following the change in thought and activity as we descended into the unknown. Perhaps a personal zine detailing that material might have been a better avenue to go down. –Kurt Morris (syndprod.etsy.com)

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