Different people collect lots of different things – Mark is a collector of video gamer t-shirts. He has over 100 gaming tees in his vast and slowly growing collection. Honestly, he doesn’t know the actual number, 100 is just a guess he told me. “It’s probably more, a lot more, I’m not sure and it’s not like I’m going to count them for you.” He laughed. That is because many of them are in storage in his basement. Plastic bins of folded t-shirts are stacked side by side. Apparently you can get quite a few shirts in one bin if you just compress the air out of them, but they get kinda’ heavy to lift.
These are “actual” gamer t-shirts – not crap from Hot Topic or Wal Mart. Bethesda, Riot, Bungie, 2K, Dice – real gaming gear from the publishers and developers of video games. “I don’t collect anything that isn’t from an authentic source.” I don’t want a gamer meme shirt he tells me. He does have quite a few shirts from different teams, like Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Cloud9 – I guess that counts as authentic.
He didn’t set out to collect shirts or anything else (he’s also got a large retro game collection) he just kept the things he liked. Over time it forms a collection. Mark’s oldest shirt is probably a PlayStation 1 shirt from around 1995. “It came in a bundle, and I still have the PS1 too. I think the game was Ridge Racer.”
His favorite shirts are a PlayStation 2 shirt he got when he visited the Sony campus near San Francisco. Back in 2002, we were pitching a game idea for our client BMW North America, they wanted to license the vehicles and characters in the BMW Films they were releasing. As we were leaving we all got PS2 courier bags packed full of stuff, including the gamer tee – in Japanese. Thanks for sharing with us Mark, maybe you will want to check out our line of casual gamer tees?