Two years ago, I shared the top 10 unexpected t-shirts I’d seen and then more I’d collected. Since then, I’ve continued to collect some of the designs that have caught me off guard. It is one of the ways that I find humor living in China. Beijing can feel overwhelming and suffocating, and it helps to be able to smile at every day life.
I still haven’t figured out if people don’t know what their clothing says or if there just isn’t an expectation that it matters what your clothes say, as long as they look good. Sometimes it is just the demographics of who is wearing it that makes me smile. I’ve added some of my observations in italics.
Note: if strong language offends you, you may not want to proceed. I see clothing with English words I would not use myself.
It’s All Good Baby Baby
I’m sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come
I Like Wearing Tees
Parental Guidance (this was the logo of the warning labels you might find on music or movies in the U.S. and the man wearing it was in his 60s or 70s)
b*tch (without the star…)
8 Shades of Gray
HATE (on a young woman’s hat) lovely (on the same young woman’s shirt)
Tell Me I’m Pretty
Bullsh*t / Bullsh*t / and more / Bullsh*t (again, without the stars, but with the strikethrough)
Bloody Mary (worn by a 10 or 11 year old girl)
Hi. You’ll Do. (a man of around 45 was wearing this one)