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May 29, 2012 06:31 AM

Would you buy a CHOW or CH t-shirt?

It's surprising given the depth bywhich this site advertises the wares of hundreds of companies that it still doesn't market it's own line of t-shirts (or aprons) to raise $ and/or awareness.

Would you buy a CHOW or Chowhound tee?

I'd love to see a slogan contest.

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  1. I used to joke we should have a CH pin so we could identify ourselves while out and about...and that morphed into "the secret CH hand signal" (the joke is that there isn't one). I might buy one if it were the fitted kind. I hate boxy tees unless to wear to bed.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      the secret hand signal would make an excellent slogan.
      wearing one would make running into fellow CH's in RL a lot more fun.'
      I hadn't even considered the type of tee :)

      1. re: kattyeyes

        I agree - I'd wear a fitted Chow t-shirt, if the slogan was clever. :)

      2. Probably not. Depsite how much I like the video game "Street Fighter". I don't think I would wear a "Street Fighter" T-shirt on the street....

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Point taken, Chem. Maybe the whole anonymous nature of online communities don't necessarily blend with RL encounters prompted by a visual like a t-shirt. Yet...chowdowns certainly are engaging folks from virtual to RL meetups.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Guess we better stick to the secret handshake, then. ;) It's so secret, I can't even tell you what it is, so you'll hafta try very, very hard to read my mind...

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                If you are going to do the secret winking I think you better wear your Street Fighter t-shirt underneath another shirt. That way you can reveal it if you get in trouble with the winking.

                1. re: SanityRemoved

                  LOLOL! "No, wait--it's your friend Chem from CH. You know me! I play Street Fighter! We talk about knives and almond cookies. It's MEEEEEEEEEEE!" ;) So funny!

                  1. re: SanityRemoved

                    <That way you can reveal it if you get in trouble with the winking.>

                    I don't know. If I send the secret winking to the wrong person, then I am already in trouble. Revealing that I play "Street Fighter" will only let the person knows that I am a nerd and physical weak. It is like saying "Hey, don't just yell at me, you can come and punch me in the face because I am physically unfit.".

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Well, that's why you have lots of knives, right? KIDDING!

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        Life is not fair. If I am a attractive woman, then I can wink all I want:


                        And if I am muscular tough looking man, then I at least get away with it.

                        Unfortunately, I am a skinny man, so I will likely get beaten up for my secret winking........ Very unfair.

                        ;) <-- more winking.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          Now in the back of comic books there will be an ad for "Did you do the Secret Wink and get the wrong result?"

              1. I like the slogan contest idea, the way The Washington Post Style Invitational does them for shirts, bags, and refrigerator magnets.

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                1. re: Veggo


                  This recent Invitational had me laughing for hours! Great idea, Veggo!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Perpetual runner up as I am, I won another refrigerator magnet in that one....

                2. I'd buy one if it was clever or really well-designed- an interesting picture that demonstrated chow-ness like I don't know, a labeled diagram of different kinds of knives or of glassware shapes, or a funny slogan that doesn't seem overly branded.

                  I wouldn't buy one if it said CHOW or CHOWHOUND and that was it. I don't like to wear advertisements.

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                  1. re: tinnywatty

                    I sort of agree with your idea tinnywatty...which is why a slogan contest sounded like a fun idea.

                    1. re: tinnywatty

                      I would buy the one Supertaster sometimes wears in his reviews. It does say "CHOW" but it's not huge.

                      1. re: Ditdah

                        Thank you for posting that photo here Ditdah. I was hoping that shirt was avail for sale already.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Someone asked him in the Youtube comments where he got it, and he said his editors sent it to him years ago. I wish they would make it available for sale!

                          1. re: Ditdah

                            Our other t-shirt can be seen in this video:!/show/all...

                            It's possible that we're going to start selling our t-shirts relatively soon....and we'll keep everyone posted on this!

                            1. re: Dave MP

                              Hi Dave,

                              When you run the colon into the URL it corrupts the link you've provided in your post. Could you fix the link? Thanks much.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Oops sorry about that! Thanks!
                                Dave MP

                                1. re: Dave MP

                                  Oh, the black fitted tee and the red/white art tee are both terrific.
                                  @kattye, do you like the fit of the black t-shirt?

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Indeed, I do! Now it just needs to say Chowhound instead of Chow! ;)

                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      Variety is the spice of life, right! My fav color tee is medium brown actually...but I don't want to nitpick....yet :)

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        HA (the "it" that will never be) should come in a variety of colors to represent the variety of viewpoints expressed here!

                        2. re: Ditdah

                          Yeah. This is the kind of thing I was thinking off- cool, interesting, without being cheesy or slogan-y. Can we get a glassware one? Or would wearing it make me look like an alcoholic?