Monday, February 20, 2012

Which Design Do You Love? Contest

First, let me apologize for not having a contest in January. I was recovering from the holidays, sick, and taking care of sick children. But, this month's contest will make up for it cuz we have new shirt designs!

Comment below on which design you love the most (and why, if you want.) Please vote! This helps us determine which shirt we'll print up next.


#1
#2
#3A
#3B (different back/same front!)
These shirts were designed by Ben McSweeney and Isaac.

I will be keeping track of the answers and whichever design gets the most votes, we'll print it up for everyone to enjoy. I will pick 3 random participants and they will have their choice of shirt- new or old design!

Winners announced: Monday, February 27, 2012.

373 comments:

  1. I like 3B. It's hilarious. Also, It's been a while since I read the book and I'm not getting the "Wearing Your Mom" reference. Could someone explain?

    Also, my birthday was this weekend so you should pick me.

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    1. Kaladin and co. wear parshendi bones as armor, as a means to get their goat and have the arrows not be aimed at the bridge bearers.
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  2. My favorite is the first one. It's the simplest, but the most effective, I think. It would also be the easiest to read at a distance. So the people carrying Bridge 5 can clearly identify who they're running beside.

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  3. My vote goes for the Horneater Stew shirt! It's fan flippin' Tastic!

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  4. #1 I like it because of its simplicity.

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  5. #1 and #3B, I personally would like to have both. #1 is simple but still makes the statement and #3B lets you enjoy the humor.

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  6. Number 2, for sure; it's hillarious!! My husband and I were both laughing out loud when we read it! :)

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  7. I like number 2 or 3b the best. I think I prefer 2 though. Difficult decision.

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  8. 1 and 3B, but gonna have to go with 3B, final answer!

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  9. I like 3B the best. The Horneater Stew reference is too good to pass up.

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  10. I like 3B.

    2: "I'm wearing your mom" sounds juvenile, especially for those who haven't read the book.

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  11. #3 B is my vote! I also love #1.

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  13. #2. "I'm wearing your Mom." Can't . . .. stop . . . .laughing!!!!!

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  14. I like 3B but I think 3A is better. Brevity is the soul of wit!

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  15. Number 1 is my first choice. Like others have said, I like the simplicity.

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  16. #3B.
    I would buy that in a second.
    Bahahaha.

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  17. I think I like 3A most but 3B is a close second. That said 2 is the only one that I wouldn't purchase. That said when will they be available?

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  18. I'm in 100% agreement with jeffery - 3B is good, 3A is better.

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  19. 3A and 3B are both really great, 1 is practical and simple, and 2 is hilarious if you get the reference. If more people read these books, I would go for 2. Unfortunately, it might have the same effect it had on the Parshendi, so I'm gonna have to go with 3B.

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  20. I vote 3A! Just soup? I WAS ROBBED. Which makes sense, since I was a robber...

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  21. Adam James BarnhardtFebruary 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I really like #3A. #3B is also cool, but not as awesome as #3A, in my opinion.

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  22. I like #2 as a visual design but 3A definitely has the better joke.

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  23. I like number 1 and 3B.

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  24. I love 2 and 3 with the optional B back.

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  25. Can i vote for 1, 2 and 3b? If I had to choose one it would be 3b I think. 2 is probably the most hilarious but the most difficult to understand.

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  26. #1 is the best. Keep it simple, InkWing =)

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  27. I love #1 the best. It's simple and cool.
    but 3B over 3A. more creative i think

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  28. #3A, definitely. A little more complex than 1 (second choice) but the humor is what gets me. Plus I really like the arrows.

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  29. Love the simplicity of #1, that's my favorite. 3B would be my second choice.

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  30. 3B, definitely. I'd eat that Horneater stew, even if he does put rocks in it.

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  32. I like 3B the best. It and 3A are the only ones I could see myself buying.

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  33. I like #1 because it looks like a shirt I would wear more often.

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  34. #1 is my vote.

    (I would also wear 3A or 3B, though)

    2 is the funniest (but I wouldn't wear it)

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  35. my vote is for 3A, I also really like #1... but it's just too... obscure.

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  36. I'm thinking #3b. They are all amazing though :)

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  37. I like the simplicity of #1, but I also like #3B. It's clever and funny.

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  38. I find #2 absolutely hilarious. But my vote is for 3B. It would be what I would be daring enough to wear.

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  39. #1's simple, effective, and stylish. Good for the crowd who likes seeing if other people are 'in' on the books, but not enough to weird unfortunate non-nerds out. #3A is solid, too; #3B feels like a bit too much of an info dump, though.

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  40. 3A without a doubt! It is very clever without having too much information.

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  41. I think that 1 is the best.... there really isn't one that I love tho :/

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  42. I think that 1 is the best.... there really isn't one that I love tho :/

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  43. #3A Definately. Simpleand funny but still not too much info.

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  44. I love 3B! The horneater stew made life bearable for the runners and gave them something to look forward to.

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  45. I definitely like 1 the most. I don't like jokes and stuff on my shirts. The design looks good, and only someone who has read the book would even know it was an inside joke. It wins in my book.

    James

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  46. Love 3b because people will ask "What is Horneater stew?" and I can then gush about how great "The Way of Kings" is.

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  47. 3B all the way! Although I would eliminate the word "this"
    Kinda surprised there wasn't a shirt with "I survived Bridge 4 and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" shirt.

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  48. I prefer 3A...
    ...but I'd also buy 1 or 3B.
    2 is hilarious if you're already familiar with the book, but since I couldn't wear it in a work/school environment I'd opt for one of the other designs.

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  49. I like 3B; its got humor, but you have to be a bit of a nerd to get it.

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  50. I vote #1.

    I love love love #2, but #1 is the one I'd actually want to wear. Any chance of a print of #2 for my study?

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  51. I vote 3A. While 3B seems more relevant at first glance, I think 3A would be what a Bridge 4 new recruit would think.

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  52. I vote for number 1, it's simple and not many will get the reference, but once they do, it's party time! :)

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  53. 3A is obviously the best since it's simple, to the point, and hilarious :)!

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  54. I like the first one that just says "Bridge 4!" It is the one I would definitely buy if I had a choice!

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  55. I vote for 3/3B. Though I also really like 2, I'd be more likely to wear 3.
    I'd also like to say that I am thrilled to find other fans. :)

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  56. DEFINITELY one of the 3's. Either one is great.

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  57. 3A or 3B. Either way, totally awesome.

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  58. #3A is pretty good. the front side is encouraging while the back side is sarcastic. Kida fits the book

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  59. #3A is hillarious. I like it better than 3B. I think the art is also very clever.
    I also like #1 because of its simplicity. I'd wear that. I think you should considering making both designs.

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  60. I like 3B brought me right back into the books.

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  61. I like #1 best, and my husband likes #3b best. Can we cast two votes in one comment? Thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. 3A ALL THE WAY!!! All of them are great, but alas, 3A is the best. :-)

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  63. Wow, this is a really tough choice! I think I would buy and wear #1 and also buy #3B for my husband to wear. Any chance you could print more than one design? Also, does anyone think it would work/look cool to have a shirt that has a design that makes you look like you're wearing a Mist cloak? Just a thought, I have no idea if that would work though.

    Rachel

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  64. #3A with #2 being a close second. I WANT ONE.

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  65. I like #1 for its simple yet effective feel. However my vote is for 3b, as it is more appealing in its sarcasm and content.

    Nathaniel

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  66. I vote for design 1. I can wear it anywhere!!

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  67. Of the 4 designs, I would wear #1. Simple, to the point, and a decent conversation piece (since it doesn't go out of its way to explain itself).

    Design #2 is not my style of attitude, and #3A and #3B employ a rather overused humor device. (Plus, I'm not a fan of split front-and-back messages.)

    Admittedly, I shouldn't complain about overused humor devices, because I would totally wear a T-shirt that says, "I USED TO RUN WITH BRIDGE 4. THEN I TOOK AN ARROW IN THE KNEE."

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  68. 3B, but I do like the "I wore your mom". Take that Parshendi.

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  69. 3a. Keeping it short and fun with 'soup' is better than 'horn eater stew'

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  70. I'm torn between 1 and 3A. I like the simplicity of 1, but 3A is quite funny (the arrows look cool too, by the way).

    It all comes down to whether you're looking for a subtle reference or if you want a shirt that just begs people to ask about whatever inside joke it's referring to.

    As to the 3A vs 3B discussion, I feel that 3B gains very little when it adds the specificity of Horneater stew while increasing the non-nerd repelling factor significantly and adding a measurable amount of words to what is already a perfectly serviceable joke.

    In the end, I think I would buy either 1 or 3A, with a slight preference for 1, but I'm on the fence about 3B.

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  71. #1. I like the simplicity. And it will still get folks to ask about Bridge 4.

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  72. I'd say do 3 but allow both back options. If that's not possible then 3a. 2 will come off as juvenile to people that haven't read the series. And 1 is to simple to me.

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  73. 1 -- it is the only one I'd be able to wear in public.

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  74. I loved #3A the best! #1 was just a little simple, and I would never wear #2 because no one would get it, and I'm not the sort of person to wear skulls on my shirts. #3 is awesome.

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  75. 3A for sure. Also wasn't there a shirt with just the sword glyphs before, or am I imagining it? I'd like another chance to pick up one of those...

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  76. I have to choose? Well, 1 is nice and simple, but 3 is so funny... I'd buy either.

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  77. Definitely 3B. #1 is a bit plain; and unless you look closer at #2, all you'll see is a skull and bones...maybe if it was a bright parshendi red i'd wear it :p

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  78. I like #1 the best. Mostly because it is nice and simple.

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  79. #1, definitely. Simple and clean and possibly even a conversation starter. I'd like #2 a lot more with a different slogan in the outer ring. I'd like the #3s better without the words.

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  80. 3A is hysterical... and it flows nicer to say soup rather than the horneater soup....

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  81. I like 3, especially 3b. It is probably the least ambiguous out of all the t-shirt designs.

    I really do not like design 2. Even in the book, the action that is being referenced is treated as a macabre and generally wrong. (The only reason it is not evil is the because of the desperate situation of the characters.) Out of context, it just to be in bad taste.

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  82. I'm in yer house wearin yer Mommeh!

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  83. My wife and prefer the first one, nice and simple.

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  84. My wife and prefer the first one, nice and simple.

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  85. Oh my gosh 3B is amazing! My vote is totally for that one!

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  86. 3b...very classy and nice colors!

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  87. #2 is not bad taste, but gut-busting hilarious. #2 please!

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  88. I think #1 states it the best. Simple and to the point. Something that can be worn without the need to explain.

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  89. #1 - simple and doesn't require too much explanation

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  90. I like 3b the best! I think the others are cool but not as specific. 3b is one I would definitely wear.

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  91. While I dig the joke references, I think #1 has an understated classic design. I think it would also be in keeping with the Bridge 4 members: pride not arrogance. Also will you make this in a feminine cut? My wife wants one.

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  92. I prefer #1, it's nerdy, but you'd have to be a nerd to know it. I don't want to have to explain to people about horn eater stew "You have to read a thousand page book to get it".

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  93. Shirt number one. Very obscure reference and those in the know will geek out.

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  94. #1. It's pretty simple, but it even as a devout fan, it took me a minute to figure out what was meant by 'Bridge 4'. Then I got it, and I thought I must have it!

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  95. 2 is hilariously harsh though. I'd rather wear 3b though.

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  96. Number one. And yes, lady's cuts would indeed be wonderful. :)

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  97. 3A with 3B the preferred alternative.

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  98. #1 It is the one I would wear.

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  99. #2 is hilarious, but I'd be more likely to buy and wear 3B. My vote's for 3B!

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  100. 1 is great for the simplicity and nice that it is not a black shirt but
    I like 3b the best, it is funny and has just enough intrique to it that someone who doesn't know what the shirt is for might ask about it. Which in a way should be the main point for the shirts, to make more people read the books.

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  101. I am both sad and elated that it took me a few seconds to get the "wearing your mom" reference. Sad because I had clearly forgotten parts of one of my all-time-favourite books, but ecstatic because that means it's time for a re-read!

    When I got it, I laughed loud enough to earn some French and German curses from my house-mates, so I think I will have to put my vote in for Shirt #2!

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  102. 3B is a win, hands down... It captures the true essence of being a Bridgeman...

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  103. for me, 3B for sure

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  104. I'll buy 3B the moment you're ready to ship it!
    If you make women sizes, I'll probably need another one for the missus.
    It's genius.
    Good illustration, good joke.
    Even good color, but you can think of making it in a different one for ladies.

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  105. 3B!!! Thats the coolest out of all 3! But I will take away the word This and let it reads like

    and all i got was horneater soup

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  106. Best thing: #3B, with #2 a very close second!!!

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  107. I really love #1 and #3b. But, if I have to choose one then it would be...

    #1

    Like others have said before, it is simple yet effective.

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  108. I like #2. 1 seems too obscure,and if I'm going to have to explain the shirt I'm wearing, I want it to be funny. As others have said, 2 is the best joke.

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  109. Design #1 for simplicity. The others are nice, but #1 will have the widest appeal, and complement more other items of clothing.

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  110. 3A is by far the best

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  111. My vote goes with 3B. I like that it's just a little more specific than "soup".

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  112. There are so many 3B, but I vote for #1. That makes me feel like being one of Bridge 4!

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  113. Either #1 or #2. #1 for it's beautiful simplicity, and #2 because it looks badass.

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  114. 3a gets my vote because i sent this very idea, a tourist type T that says "i survived bridge 4", to brandon sanderson via email a while back. im sure im not the only one who thought of it but either way im psyched to see it! i have to be honest and say that i like #1 pretty well but 3a gets my my vote! B is good too but A would be easier to explain to the layman.

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  115. I would go with 3B, thought 1 strikes my fance more, simply because a clever inside joke goes further than an less than distinctive number 4. Though brilliant work on all three ½ designs!

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  116. #1. It's elegant.

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  117. I vote #1 for simplicity, though #3B was hilarious. If I were to buy one it would have to be #1 though, it's simple, clean and means that Those who compliment my shirt will have read the book and those that ask about Bridge 4 can be introduced.

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  118. My choice is 3B. I love how it plays off of the famous "all I got was this lousy t-shirt" line, and I feel it flows better than A.

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  119. 3A - love the cleverness of it

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  120. 1) is the most excellent.

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  121. I like #1. It's simple but effective. I don't find the joke in #2 to be in good taste and doesn't really fit the book either. 3A&B are both good but I prefer the simplicity of 1.

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  122. Number 1 for the simplicity.

    Though I would totally be happy with 3A as well.

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  123. Definitely #3B! Gotta get this for my brother's birthday.

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  124. I would like to see #1, it's simple and clean.

    The other designs are jokey which I like, but 2 is jokey in a potentially offensive way if someone just reads the shirt. 3A/B are fine, but I'm not a huge fan of back of the shirt punch lines because you then invariably have to turn around to explain the rest of the joke to someone who've only seen one side.

    My second option would be 3A because while more work to explain than 1 or 2, it's you don't have to explain the Horneater part of 3B :)

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  125. 3A gets my vote, with 3B a close second.

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  126. I like 3A or 1. I think the shirts would do better with a bridge and the saying 'F it I run at the front with bridge 4' or something along those lines

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  127. While 3A & 3B look cool... Bridge runners do not use shields. But I suppose Kaladin was using a shield when he was drawing attention away from the bridge/crew.

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  128. I would get 3a or B but prefer 3A.

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  129. Three B is funny, but I think that I actually like 3A better (and it's my favorite out of the three) Though second is the first one. It just looks awesome :D

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  130. #2 Definitely. With 3A a close second. I'd wear any of them.

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  131. #2 for sure!

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  132. #1 then 3b. These are awesome. Good work.

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  133. I agree with Tom K. #1 and then 3b.

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  134. I like the first one. Less is more.

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  135. I like the first one. Although I'm still laughing at #2.

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  136. Number 1 for sure. Some say it's too obscure but honestly - are people going to "get" the others. I really like the front of 3 but i would work on something different for the back, maybe one without anything on the back. OR a small "Bridge 4" on the front upper left breast region in smaller letters on and on the back, have the image from the front of #3 and "I survived" below it. i actually like that idea the best

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  137. I have to go with #3A, it's tacky yet adorable.

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  138. I also like #1 -- the other ones are a bit tacky (though extremely funny, especially #2!) whereas #1 is a nice reference for anyone who's read the book, while not going overboard.

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