August 7, 2014 |
AS PHILADELPHIA mourns the violent deaths of so many children - including a 3-year-old girl killed Friday by a stray bullet in Grays Ferry - Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church has installed a memorial of 201 T-shirts, each bearing the name and age of a 2013 shooting victim. "There is one shirt for every victim of gun violence within the borders of the city in 2013," the Rev. Keith McClain said. He partnered with Heeding God's Call - a faith-based campaign to end illegal-handgun sales - and erected the activist group's traveling "Memorial to the Lost" on his church's front lawn along Loretto Avenue near Lansing Street, where it will remain through Aug. 16. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at which the public is invited to walk through the memorial, reflect on what it means and, if moved to do so, quietly say a prayer for an end to gun violence.
July 6, 2014 |
WILDWOOD - The Wildwood boardwalk is many things to many people, but never dull. "Sun's out, guns out" says one T-shirt blaring from the ubiquitous shops. "Bro do you even lift," insults another shirt. But the cool kids seem to be hanging around such places as Oxygen, an emporium of slightly naughty but increasingly socially acceptable activities: tattoos, hennas, piercing, braiding, pendanting, and resupplying yourself with hookah and vaporizing paraphernalia. While T-shirt shop owners demur at any discussion of their merchandising strategies, Michael Gabriel, 24, an eight-year veteran of the Wildwood tattoo parlor scene who speaks of his industry as if he's participating in a Wharton seminar, steps right up. Question: So what do you do here?
March 18, 2014 |
Share the fruit you wear. That's the motto behind Fruitstrology, a budding new business of screen-printed tank tops and T-shirts designed by two Temple University business students, sisters Rachel and Sarah Stanton. For every shirt sold, a serving of fresh fruit is donated through Philabundance to Philadelphia-area children in so-called food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce. The 22-year-old twins from Bristol conceived the idea in 2012 and, after several rounds of design experimentation, started marketing their shirts in September.
September 5, 2013 |
IT'S COME to this: Penn State has issued a T-shirt commemorating its 23-17 season-opening win over Syracuse. We all know the Nits are doing whatever they can to boost a program that was hit hard by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But selling a T-shirt (for $17.95, by the way) for beating a team that went 8-5 last season is a bit much. Even if it did take place at an NFL stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nits have won 23 of the last 26 meetings with the Orange. And, at one point, won 16 in a row (from 1971 to 1986)
May 19, 2013 |
John Doerffel never thought his clothes would land him in the internal suspension room for a half-day, but that's what happened to the William Tennent High School senior this week. On Wednesday, Doerffel, 19, was wearing a black T-shirt he said he had worn to the Warminster school dozens of times. On the back, it has a picture of an M-16 rifle surrounded by barbed wire, bullets, and the words "Peace Through Superior Firepower. " Doerffel, who plans to join the Marines after graduation, said an assistant principal told him the shirt violated the school's dress code.
April 12, 2013 |
WE'VE ALL HEARD of Renaissance Men. How about the teenaged version? Say hello to Harry Taggart and feel free to give him a round of applause. Aside from being a three-sport stalwart at Julia Masterman High, the 6-foot, 180-pound senior is bound for Penn, is planning to learn Spanish well enough to eventually study abroad for a year/semester and, get this, is already a mover/shaker in a T-shirt company that's making major strides. This is the sports section, so first be advised that Taggart, while bouncing from third base to centerfield to shortstop Thursday, went 2-for-3 with a plunking, one RBI and two runs scored as the visiting Blue Dragons topped Franklin Towne Charter, 7-3, in a Public A contest played in windy conditions at a playground on the doorstep of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
March 28, 2013 |
THE FIRST batch of Explorers Basketball Sweet 16 shirts were hung on racks at the La Salle campus store about noon Tuesday. They were gone in less than half an hour. "I have a bigger family," laughed Denise Pruskowski-Kavanagh, an associate nursing professor at La Salle who was clutching nearly a dozen dark-blue graphic T-shirts under her arm. "There are six children; two are graduate students and two are alums. " Boasting seven shirts, Kate Ward-Gaus, a La Salle drug-and-alcohol educator, carried an index card with names and sizes.
January 24, 2013 |
FASHION DESIGNER and AIDS advocate Mondo Guerra will unveil new T-shirt designs to benefit Philly nonprofit organization ActionAIDS at the Fashion in Action event on Valentine's Day at the Hotel Palomar. Guerra, who revealed he was HIV-positive while competing on "Project Runway" in 2010, will also outfit models in three one-off looks to be auctioned off at the event. The T-shirts are in support of Dining Out for Life on April 26. The annual restaurant event will have 200 local restaurants expected to participate and donate a third of the day's receipts to Action AIDS, which started the fundraiser in 1991.
January 8, 2013 |
CHANCES ARE THERE were more than a few fans at Monday night's Notre Dame-Alabama national championship game wearing a "Catholics vs. Cousins" T-shirt. The shirts, which make fun of the notion that the South is full of inbred hicks, doesn't sit well with Kari Frederickson, the chair of Alabama's history department. "The characterization is tired, inaccurate and playing on stereotypes of ignorance and lack of cultural sophistication," Frederickson told Time's Keeping Score blog.
December 23, 2012 |
THE PARENTS OF a girl who allegedly was ridiculed by her teacher for wearing a Romney-Ryan T-shirt earlier this year are suing the Philadelphia School District for infringing on her First Amendment rights. A lawyer for the family of Samantha Pawlucy, 16, whose pink T-shirt sparked a national uproar in October, filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, claiming that the district "effectively banned" her from wearing the shirt and "permitted other students to threaten her verbally and physically.