Big Dog got to the blue-collar conservative bro mentality long before Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy were household names. Their tees featured an amalgam of macho ideologies, jokes about pop culture, and “get-off-my-lawn” grandpa-isms. The company ultimately transcended its novelty-shirt roots, somehow becoming a lifestyle empire. And at the height of Big Dog’s retail powers, it had as many as 220 stores operating across the country.
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Then, somewhere on the t-shirt was a dog. Because, the brand was called Big Dogs. And you just were supposed to accept that, and not ask any questions.
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Big Dog Hawaiian Poppy 2X Shirt Volcano Waves Big Dog Hawaiian Poppy 2X Shirt Volcano Waves, button front shirt. Item shows little wear. Big Dogs Shirts Casual Button Down ShirtsThose particular graphic tees represent a time when you could tell a man's character by the slogan on his T-shirt. You didn't have to look at a man's Facebook status to know where he stood. You simply had to look at the shirt on his back to be able to tell if he "ran with the big dogs" or believed that pain was truly "just weakness leaving the body." Sadly, these shirts now line thrift store shelves next to the oversized jeans and popped collar polos of yesteryear. These once great T-shirts have been left to fade on hangers and devoured by moths in attics.The plain pocket tee has become the male version of the little black dress, appropriate for any occasion. There was a time when we knew the T-shirt made the man. Or, more accurately, we knew that the picture and/or words on the T-shirt made the man. In the heyday of the cheeky graphic tee, companies like No Fear and Big Dogs knew that while many of us wore our hearts on our sleeve, we wore our souls on our chest. Sure, the streetwear and skate/surf tees from the '90s are missed too, but those were for the cool kids. No Fear and Big Dogs? Those resonated with the average joe.Why does Big Dog gear appeal largely to boys and dads who tuck their shirts into cargo shorts? That's a harder question to answer. All we know is that if you can't handle the undeniable greatness of these shirts, perhaps you should stay on the porch.