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Would you buy a CHOW or CH t-shirt?

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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: http://www.chow.com/videos#!/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 HA...it (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?

                        1. I'm not into wearing a shirt w/ blatant advertising, but perhaps something subtle like Sam Fujisaka's avatar. That would probably run into copyright problems.

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                          1. re: Rmis32

                            If Sam had designed a t-shirt I have NO doubt it would have sold out.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                It still hurts to see his name here. :-(

                            1. Here's the logo from one of my favorite pieces of limited edition "Chowing with the Hounds" logoware sold by the San Francisco Bay Area 'hounds to support Chowhound.com in the pre-CNET/CBS days. This design was created for us by the very talented Dana Beigel (http://www.danabeigeldesign.com) who donated her work. There were a few other annual editions too. IIRC, it was available on t-shirts, aprons, hoodies, baseball caps, farmers market totes, and probably other things I'm forgetting.

                              Sorry, we've already closed our CafePress store. No more. Who knows, maybe some day they'll be as valuable as Grateful Dead original t-shirts. Guess I should stop wearing it.

                              1. Interesting CH history, Melanie. It would be equally interesting to see what can be offered in the present and future for new 'hounds and those of us who enjoy a fun t-shirt.

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                                1. re: HillJ

                                  I'll emphasize that the venture was independent of the site, and we did not use the Chowhound logo or chowhound name other than including the url. And we ran the designs by the powers that be at the time to make sure there were no legal snafus.

                                  While Chowhound.com also sold t-shirts and had some other logo items, we were discouraged from using them in restaurants where owners or staff might give us preferential treatment, if we wanted to post about our experience (in compliance with site rules).

                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                    Makes sense. I really didn't think about the possibility of preferential treatment. Just a mainstream wearable item for a very popular website. Would a tiny logo address this enough? Interesting pause button you've brought up.

                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                      While running your comment by my husband last night (he was the original CH member in my family) he laughed and said, "a CHOW tee might wind up in refusal to serve..." I thought that was equally telling...if you want to look at the potential snafus on a simple t-shirt.

                                      Heck I understand in sports, wearing the opposing teams gear can land you in the unfavorable corner...but again, this was intended to be a simple idea for folks you would want it. Like anything else, you don't' have to get involved if the idea doesn't appeal.

                                      I'd wear one.

                                    1. I'd buy a chowhound underroo.

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                                      1. re: Jase

                                        :) ♫ Underoos are fun to wear--YEAH! Something super-new in underwear! HA HA HA! ♫

                                        Maybe sweats with C H O W across the backside? Now those might be truly fun to wear! ;)

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          Ha ha ha. Nice TV ads, and to think all these "girls" are probably older than me now.

                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            Yes, and I would be one of those older girls (I did not wear them, however!). ;)

                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                              It is all cool to wear these underoos or CHOWHOUND underwear when you are 5-10 years old. It would be nutty to do so as an adult. By the way, a bunch of our comments were deleted, but I did read your response to my country and university logo T-shirts.

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                I didn't wear underoos then, and would not wear them now; still, I think C H O W sweats would be fun. Or think about it--CHOW across the back of one's underwear is rather comical, no? Wait, I've got it now!

                                                "Something to sink your teeth into" (maybe smaller, on the front) and C H O W on the back: sweats, t-shirts. This, I would wear proudly! :)

                                          1. While I would not buy a CH t-shirt (maybe 2 years ago, when I was on the CH is great train), What about CH aprons? That I can do. And the Knife one! YES!

                                            1. For some of us whose adventures in the kitchen are not always successful, maybe a cartoon of smoke billowing out of an oven, the housepets are cowering in a corner, and through the kitchen window a fire engine and a pizza delivery car can be seen arriving at the same time.

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                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                  FUN design idea. Thank you V.

                                                2. only if the caption reads: "Note from Chowhound Moderator"

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                                                  1. re: TonyC

                                                    HA HA HA, NOW we're gonna sell some product! ;)

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                      "I'm a Chowhound and my threads are LOCKED!"

                                                  2. Maybe if the tagline reads "Foodies eat where they're told. Chowhounds blaze trails."

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                                                    1. re: E Eto

                                                      That's what I'm talkin about, E Eto!

                                                    2. I subscribe to the Niles Crane attitude toward T-shirts: the only appropriate way to wear them is as a man's undergarment. I also eschew dangling participles! '-) I might buy a Chowhound apron and would definitely buy a discreet Chowhound pin - a good thing to wear to the farmers' market, local food festivals, and the like. I'd suggest the C in the red box, with the addition of a little cartoon of a hound breed (preferably Greyhound, of course!).

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                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                        Is the visual of a dog "hound" still a significant moniker for the current CHOW/CH company? I thought the red C was the new "look"...

                                                      2. Absolutely not as I don't wear t-shirts with logos at all. But a nice canvas market bag I'd consider strongly, esp. if the logo was attractive and evocative of chow, not just a scarlet letter.

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                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                          not just a scarlet letter
                                                          hilarious and thank you for weighing in.