The idea of this t-shirt came to me, no joke, literally while I was driving to the pharmacy one evening. Thatâ€™s how these things usually work for me, Iâ€™ll be doing something completely unrelated to writing and an idea for some or other marketing ploy will just come to me. On the way to the pharmacy I got the idea and by the time I got home I had the whole idea mapped out and planned. I actually came up with 2 shirt ideas, but this one was a hell of a lot easier to actually produce so I went with it.
The three names all are from the original idea. I wanted to pick names of villains people would immediately recognize, but also a broad range of names so that I would have a larger number of people recognize at least one name as a bad guy. The saying under it took a bit more planning. The original idea was to say: Vader, Voldermort, Lecterâ€¦ Pussies! That one was almost immediately scrapped for obvious reasons. The second line idea was: Vader, Voldermort, Lecter...They only WISH they were this evil! However, that one was a little long and besides, ultimately seemed a bitâ€¦I donâ€™t know, off somehow. I still like that one, but Iâ€™m glad I went with "Amateurs!" because itâ€™s simple and, more important, effective.
Noknor's eyes are actually my own. While scowling monstrously, I held my camera out at arms length and snapped a picture. I cropped and manipulated the color of my skin to a greenish hue with MS Photo Editor and added the red glowing eyes in MSPaint (I'm on a shoestring budget when it comes to...well, any of this crap). I took the picture and text to a local t-shirt printing place and well, there it is.
I often wear the shirt when Iâ€™m out and about; itâ€™s really cool to actually wear a shirt inspired by my story. Itâ€™s even cooler when I get complimented on the shirt, and it happens an awful lot. If youâ€™re interested in one for yourself, click here for more info on how to score one.