Thursday, December 28, 2017

It's A Red Letter Xmas!

My nephews and I are big fans of Red Letter Media and their various online shows.

There're a million of these kinds of series online now, but the RLM guys are definitely the best of the bunch, both in content and production value. Most of these online shows consist of a guy sitting in his bedroom, speaking directly into a GoPro camera. The RLM guys have their own studio, filled with honest to goodness sets!

Their most popular series is probably Half In The Bag. If you've not seen it, the premise is simple. Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman are employees of Lightning Fast VCR Repair. Because no one owns VCRs anymore, they have a lot of free time on their hands, which they spend reviewing current movies.

This is Mike. Note that he's wearing a shirt with a Lightning Fast VCR Repair patch above the pocket.

This is Jay. He's also wearing a Lighting Fast shirt. 

You're probably wondering where all this is going. I'm gettin' there, I'm gettin' there!

As Xmas rapidly approached this year, I wracked my brain trying to think of suitable gift ideas for my two nephews. And then it hit me! I'd get them Lightning Fast VCR Repair work shirts, just like the ones Mike & Jay wear on the internet!

I went to the Red Letter Media website, but alas, they don't sell them there. The only merch they have for sale are t-shirts, posters and bottle openers. 

I really think they're missing out here by not selling replica shirts online. I know for a fact that people would snap 'em up in an heartbeat! If nothing else, the least they could do is sell the patches!

Anyway, since I couldn't just buy the shirts, I decided I'd make them! I poked around online and found someone selling Lightning Fast patches and ordered some. I honestly wasn't expecting much from them, as I figured they'd turn out to be printed stickers.

Thankfully when they arrived in the mail, they were honest to goodness embroidered patches. Pretty good quality ones too!

The next step was to visit the local Rural King and buy some Dickies brand work shirts. These are the exact same ones Mike and Jay wear on the show, right down to the little orange logo on the bottom front.

Once that was done, the only thing left to do was figure out how to attach the patches to the shirts. I considered using iron-on adhesive tape, but... eh. I've used that stuff in the past, and it never seemed to stick very well. Maybe I just didn't use it right. 

So that left actually sewing the patches on (!). I wasn't quite sure how to go about it, so I fired up YouTube and watched a couple of how-to videos. Armed with that knowledge, I sat down and commenced to sewin.'

There's a certain amount of skill involved, but it wasn't too terribly difficult. It took about an hour to sew each one on. And I only jabbed my finger with the needle several dozen times, prompting me to have to tape up my fingers so I didn't get the shirts bloody.

Here's the finished product. A perfect replica of Jay's Half In The Bag shirt!

I boxed and wrapped the shirts and patiently waited for the big day to arrive. On Xmas morning I passed out the packages, confident my nephews would never guess what was inside them.

They were both genuinely surprised, and with good reason! As I said, you can't buy these shirts anywhere, in stores or online. They seemed to really like 'em too. My youngest nephew immediately put his on and wore it all day.

His shirt even caused him to crack a rare smile, something not seen much on his sullen teen countenance these days.

I warned them both that I couldn't guarantee my sewing handiwork wouldn't come off in the wash, so maybe run 'em through the gentle cycle and air dry them.

I'm glad the shirts were such a hit. Now the big problem is... how the hell am I gonna top 'em next year?

4 comments:

  1. Looks great! I've said for years that they should sell the shirts or at least patches in their store. Theyd easily sell faster than anything else they make.

    As a longtime reader of your blog, finding out you're a RLM fan is neat, but your sense of humour should have made me suspect it long ago!

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  2. Thanks for the kind words! I discovered RLM two or three years ago, and have been a fan ever since.

    I agree that the HITB shirts would sell like hotcakes on their site. Maybe they don't sell them because they're Dickies shirts? Like maybe they're afraid Dickies might not like it if they bought and altered their brand name shirts and then resold them on their site? I dunno.

    It could also be a cost thing. The patches I bought were $15 each. Add in a $20 Dickies shirt, and you're already up to $35 bucks. Even more by the time they had someone sew the patches on. They'd understandably want to make a little bit of money on each one, so they might add $10 or $15 to that price. Suddenly the shirts are $60 bucks each! Maybe they're afraid fans wouldn't want to blow that much money on one shirt.

    As I said, the least they could do is sell the patches though. I really did try to buy one from them before I went the... um... alternate route!

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  3. Where did you find the patches? I’ve been looking for years! I missed them when they were originally selling them.

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  4. Send your email address to bcanada92@yahoo.com.

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