A fun thing happened on twitter the other day.
Ed Zitron, a popular twitter user / PR guy / Fuck the Future podcaster, posted this tweet:
If you want to save money try living rent free in someone’s head— Ed Zitron (@edzitron) May 24, 2019
Ari Levy, a CNBC tech journalist / all around nice guy tagged us in a reply:
@jeffbenzenberg here’s a T-shirt for you— Ari Levy (@levynews) May 24, 2019
So we replied and asked Ed if we could sell his tweet on a t-shirt. He seemed open to the idea, although we’re still not sure if he was joking or not.
We wouldn’t post it for sale without compensating Ed in some way. Luckily, we have our storefront platform.
In about ten minutes, we had created a store, added three designs, and shared the login credentials with Ed. If anyone buys these, the royalty earnings will go directly into his account. He can redeem them any time.
We considered this particular use-case in the past. What if we just set up stores for our favorite twitter users and sent them the logins? So many of our favorite tweets would make perfect shirts.
We’ve never pulled the trigger on this idea because it seems uncool. We’d need some level of up-front permission, and without that, the idea is a non-starter.
One more thing making us sad today is the knowledge that we can’t sell the perfect version of Ed’s tweet. The perfect version would have Anton Chigurh’s stone cold face with the words “I’m Living Rent Free in Your Head” around it.
This video created by twitter user husbandsrevenge is the ultimate source of slang quotes like “rent free in your head” and “you’re canceled” and “you better miss me with that” and “the tea has been spilled”… all in the extremely specific voice of Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.
But alas, we don’t have the licensing rights to sell shirts printed with Javier’s face, so we can’t post these for sale. Nor do we have permission from HusbandsRevenge, so that’s another good reason. But we might just print these for ourselves to wear around the office.