To label my T-Shirt collection “extensive,” would be laughable. For context, I recently pulled all of my tees from their hangers (I keep my current rotation on hangers cuz I’m a straight baller) (not really), and set them on the ground, one on top of the other. Then I went through a drawer of old T-Shirts and did the same thing. Then I went through another drawer of old T-Shirts and did the same thing.

I repeated this process for two more drawers and a plastic bin — a big one — of old tees that dated back to elementary school.

When all was said and done, I had a pile of T-Shirts that stacked up to be exactly 67 inches high, or roughly five-and-a-half feet tall.

I don’t see this as a problem. Others might. But those people are stupid and they should shut up and I digress.

Looking through my collection of T-Shirts, I found a wide variety of subject matter printed on the front, ranging from band names and parody tees, to brand names and streetwear staples. I even came across a slew of tees I screenprinted in my parents’ garage with my various bands proudly emblazoned on that sweet, sweet cotton blend.

I also noticed that there was a shocking lack of diversity when it came to colors. I would guess that my T-Shirt collection is roughly 40% black, 25% heather gray, 25% white, with the remaining 10% a smattering of variations of the color gray.

This got me to thinking: What does color preference say about a person, specifically with regards to their clothing? It didn’t take long to find this survey of colour. Guess I wasn’t alone in this thought.

First observation: Black is always best. (Yesssssssssssssssss!) Aside from its usual gloomy connotations, black is actually perceived by others to exude confidence and intelligence, and shows a general lack of arrogance. In addition, black is largely the preferred color of both men and women when asked which color looks best on members of the opposite sex. (YESSSSS!)

Other takeaways:

  • Don’t wear pink. (Check.)

  • Don’t wear orange. (Check.)

  • Don’t wear brown. (Check.)

It really is an interesting read with a ton of great graphics to support the findings. I highly suggest taking a look for yourself.

Now, let’s get down to some business. I challenge you readers to scour the pages of Design By Humans to find designs that you think look best on black T-Shirts. Link them in the comments below! Here are my top three:


Sunset 6 by ivanrodero


Astronaut Cat by clingcling


Shark Forest by Artemple

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