Sunday, July 18, 2010

Shirts that Go

Our Inspiration - It is what we are about

When our children see vehicles such as trucks and trains they are just AMAZED and captivated by them. We share that feeling at Shirts that Go! All vehicles are interesting, but certain ones are really noticed by kids and tap into their imagination and wonder about the world. Let's consider a few examples that have inspired us.

We take our boys to watch the trains go by at a local train line. We park in, of all places, a fire station parking lot! The parking lot happens to be right on the rail line and only 50 feet from a railroad crossing (with the gates and everything). We know the times roughly for when the Amtrak comes by on Sunday mornings, so we sit in our van and wait for the train to come. Soon, a train horn can be heard off in the distance... the boys start to get crazy excited. The excitement builds as we hear a few more train horns as the train approaches other nearby crossings on the way toward us. Then... the crossing gates start to come down with the familiar "ding ding" warning bells. We are all at the windows now and the boys are riveted. Then - here comes the diesel engine at about 60 miles per hour. It's loud, it's HUGE, and the ground is shaking a bit. WOW!! Boys are there with eyes wide open and just blown away by the experience of this incredible machine. Soon, it is gone, and we are kind of spinning as the energy level comes down a bit. We all have a bit of adrenaline surging from that experience for the next 20 minutes or so, and we are so excited about our day.

Sometimes we find ourselves at an intersection in our van and there is nothing too exciting going on. Just sitting there waiting for the light to change and the kids are in the back chatting. Suddenly, a siren is blaring and a massive bright red fire engine is trying to get through the intersection. The boys forget whatever it was they were fighting about and are wide eyed with WOW! They have seen this before, but it never gets old. What an amazing machine!

There are many examples of this that we all see with our children. What we are seeing with these experiences is their sense of wonder about the world being brought right to the surface by these amazing vehicles. So, what is Shirts that Go! all about? Cool designs on t-shirts... or is there something more? We are trying to connect with that sense of wonder about the world with our line of kids t-shirts. We understand that we cannot bottle that energy and put it down on a shirt somehow. What we can do though is provide awesome shirts with realistic vehicles shown in motion to let the kids share their love for these vehicles. To us this is all about adventure, travel, transportation, early concepts about careers, imagination, dreams, possibilities, awe, and of course FUN!

Like most other boys Brandon is obsessed with vehicles of all sorts! He loves seeing them and watching them go by. They are some of his first words, bike, bus, and plane. He loves picking his Sissy up from the bus and watching the big yellow bus go by. He also loves any sort of motorbike, he actually can vibrate from excitement when motorbikes go by.

Most kids shirts that are out there are cartoon shirts, the planes and bikes and trains are not realistic looking, they are more animated and so they are cute but they don't represent what the real thing looks like! Shirts that Go have the best shirts that I have ever seen that actually look like the real thing! They have planes, bikes, trains, firetrucks, bulldozers, cement trucks and more!
I would also recommend ordering a size up as they can run a bit on the small side! We got Brandon the train one and he loves it, its one of those shirts that as soon as its clean hes begging to wear it again! Be sure to check them out for the little man in your life!!