SERIAL KILLER SHOP REVIEW
Written by Steve Pattee
Before the internet, finding a solid horror-themed shirt was problematic at best. You couldn't just go into your average department store and pick up a t-shirt emblazoned with your favorite icon like Freddy or Jason. Sure, they were out there, but they were hard to find and generally only available when the latest film was being promoted. And forget about anything with any sort of originality. You were generally stuck with the poster image or maybe a head shot of the villain.
The web changed all that. With the ability to cut out the middle man and deal directly with the consumer, T-shirt sites are a dime a dozen now. The problem isn't anymore where can you find a shirt, it's who should you buy from. With so many fly by night sites, finding high quality and original T-shirts is almost as tough as it used to be.
Fortunately, there are sites like Serial Killer Shop, a web store started in 2015 and devoted to strictly horror and (no surprise) serial killer shirts, magnets, hats, and stickers. What's unique about Serial Killer Shop is its limited editions. The three I got for review are no longer available, as each shirt run is limited to 75. I both love and hate this, but more love. I hate it because if I see a shirt I like, and don't act fast enough, I'm out of luck. Yet I love it for that reason; it means the shirts that I have are of a small run. I don't want to be wearing something every Tom, Dick and Harry wears, and this business model all but guarantees that.
The prices for shirts at Serial Killer Shop start at $24.95. This is a little steep, but you have to remember that not only are these not mass produced, but this is a small company. Plus, if you sign up for their newsletter at the bottom of its home page, you'll get emails on sales. Since I've signed up, there have been at least two sales, one of which had shirts as low as $9.95.
Quality wise, I have to admit when I first put on my favorite of the shirts I received, the delightful John Wayne Gacy design, I was a bit put off. It, and the others, is a bit thin for my taste. However, once on, it's both comfortable and durable. This isn't the type of thin where you you'll be seeing through it after a few washes; the fabric has quite a bit of give and is incredibly soft. Don't let the first impression fool you.
When it comes to clothes, I'm a pretty meat and potatoes type of guy. I like jeans, cargo shorts, Chuck Taylors, and cool T-shirts. While the price is a bit higher than I'm used to spending on a shirt, the quality, originality, and selection coupled with the fact that I'd be supporting a small business is enough for me to know I'll be hitting up Serial Killer Shop again in the future, be it for myself or a gift. If I had one (minor) complaint, it would be the majority of the shirts are in black or gray; I'd love to see some more color options. However, there are over 50 designs, so it's not too hard to get around that. So, if you are looking for something unique to wear, go check them out. And remember, if you see something you like, buy it then because it might be gone next time you look.