The Gift of Creative Community

Guest blogger, Melissa Bergstrom, gives some helpful tips to consciously develop a supportive and challenging creative community.

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(Holiday Trees by Annie Spratt, cc)

It’s mid December already (despite the lack of snow in the Northeast) and the holidays are suddenly upon us. To me, holidays mean twinkle lights, hot chocolate, and cozying up with my husband and our cat for Netflix marathons in the evening while darkness falls outside. But holidays can also mean visits with family, reunions with folks we haven’t seen in awhile, and for some of us, that thought is a bit more intimidating than we might wish to admit. Spending time with family is a complicated experience for so many people, including creative souls. 

At holiday time, and year round for that matter, I make a point to surround myself with a chosen creative family, a net of kindred spirits who support me in my personal and artistic adventures. I am incredibly grateful for my tribe–kind friends who ask how a new play I’m writing is coming along, who share the tales of their latest theatre gigs with me, and with whom I can trade funny and frustrating stories of life as an artist–day jobs, auditions, and the ever evolving balancing act required to hold it all together without toppling over, taking us with it in the process.

At this time of year, we not only find ourselves spending time with people we may not see very often as we travel home for the holidays, but meeting people for the very first time at office and holiday parties as well. These social circumstances can fling us quite far from our day to day lives filled with first drafts, rehearsals, sewing projects, and baking experiments into a world where the rules seem to have changed. We might be confronted by the age old “What do you do?” question, or find ourselves being measured by new houses, pay raises, and other status symbols that can feel foreign to us.  At best, we feel disengaged, and at worst, we can begin to doubt our sense of self and our purpose. The value of our own successes, large and small, can become skewed in such a different context.  

For example, last year I got the opportunity to audition for an Equity production in Boston. As a non-Equity actor, this was a big deal for me. Although I didn’t get the role, I had a solid audition and got a wonderful compliment from the director on my cold read. My friends who are actors understood the significance of such an opportunity and celebrated with me, but when I share something like this with a family member over Thanksgiving dinner, it has the potential to fall flat. If I didn’t get cast in the end, what’s the big deal? Why does it matter so much?

In these moments, we must remind ourselves that what we are doing does matter. We must also remind others in our circle that what they are doing matters as well, and that’s what we are able to create together is indeed meaningful. There are so many ways that we can give ourselves and the people in our lives the gift of creative community this holiday season:

 1. If you have a member of your creative community nearby, make a point to schedule a get together after you return from hosting or visiting family for the holidays. Be honest with yourself about the fact that you will likely return a bit out of sorts and plan ahead for some recharging. Trade stories of family visits, laugh a little, and let yourself be comforted by the fact that you have someone who understands you in so many ways.

2. Take advantage of technology! For creative community who live far away, host a Google Hangouts or Skype session where you can catch up and share stories of your latest artistic adventures. Catch up informally, or plan themed hangouts, where you share best creative practices, like the best ways to get through writer’s block, good resources for drama lesson plans, or even your most embarrassing audition stories. Technology has made it possible for me to “hang out” with four of my graduate school friends that now live in three different time zones—incredible!

3.  Consider enlisting a few folks in your creative circle (near OR far) in a new creative endeavor. You could write a screenplay together—line by line– draw cartoons and have the other person create captions… the possibilities are endless. Do these things even if you don’t feel particularly inspired; sometimes the key to getting unstuck is to ask a friend to help you to be accountable. And don’t let distance stop you from working on a project with a friend—see #2.

4.  Find a local meet-up group and attend a meeting or event. In addition to the strong community we’ve already built, it’s never too late to reach out and make another connection. Whether it’s a knitting club that meets at your local library or a meditation seminar, you have no idea who you’ll meet. You could have a new member of your creative community just waiting to be made.

5.  Connect to the work of writers, actors, and artists whom you’ve never met when you need support. I love to watch Charlie Chaplin movies, reminding myself how many takes he did in the pursuit of the perfect film. I adore TED Talks by Elizabeth Gilbert, in which she seems to be reminding me personally to keep going, no matter how hard it may be. I also keep a whole shelf full of “creative community” books on my bookshelf for times of need. Need some ideas? I suggest The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Yes, Please! By Amy Poehler, and Free For All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told by Kenneth Turan & Joseph Papp.

Don’t be afraid to receive these gifts graciously from your creative community, and be generous with giving them to others as well. If you know someone who will be in need of some creative support after a trip home for the holidays, carve out time to connect with them. Offer a shoulder to cry on, a batch of cookies to share, or simply your presence and attention. In the end, I believe that what we all want and need as creative souls is to be seen, to be heard, and to surround ourselves with people who remind us that what we are doing matters.

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MelissaBergstrom

Melissa is a Boston-based actor, playwright, and teaching artist who is currently the Co-Artistic Director of the Perpetual Visitors Theatre Company. She blogs regularly about creativity at www.theperpetualvisitor.com

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(It’s not yet rivaling the softness of higher percentage modal fabrics used on things ranging from bedsheets to CALVIN KLEIN products&#44 but you could buy four of these for the price of one CK modal.) – Both respond well to simple stretches and bounce back. – Both have a heather-like appearance. – Both have lie-flat neck lines. – Both have tight neck collars around the neck line&#44 though neither is too tight. – Both have reasonably short shoulder lengths.WHERE THE SHIRTS DIFFER – The CANVAS is tagless&#44 NEXT LEVEL isn’t. – The CANVAS is lighter (in weight)&#44 and even folds smaller. I suspect some colors of the CANVAS may be slightly see-through&#44 however. – The CANVAS has a more modern cut (sometimes described as “regular” or “slimmer”)&#44 with a tighter profile than NEXT LEVEL&#44 which has a classic (slightly looser) cut. – Since the CANVAS has the cut it does&#44 it makes the better undershirt. But&#44 since it is cut slimmer&#44 it will look better worn on its own or under a blazer. – NEXT LEVEL is at least 2 inches longer than CANVAS&#44 but similar lengths for sleeves. Despite this&#44 CANVAS is long enough to be tucked in depending on torso and the hight of your pant line. You could bet that the NEXT LEVEL will undoubtedly stay tucked in. – NEXT LEVEL is slightly roomier around the chest and armpits. – They have different trim around the neck and sleeves. NEXT LEVEL has wider trim&#44 3/4 in&#44 and is ever-so-slightly ribbed. CANVAS has a 1/2 in trim&#44 and no ribbing. – And while both shirts have great neck’s (who doesn’t care about this these days)&#44 NEXT LEVEL’s is more classical when you think of a shirt’s neck. The NEXT LEVEL is my preferred neck line&#44 but the CANVAS is a bit more modern with the smaller trim.VERDICTWithout question&#44 both would make excellent sleep and undershirts and will challenge you to go back to cotton undershirts. (However&#44 note that at the time of this review&#44 neither triblend offers a pure-white&#44 so it wouldn’t look good under a Oxford-style button up.) But&#44 my verdict is that the CANVAS is a better look to wear out given its cut. But&#44 the slightly roomier nature of NEXT LEVEL makes it my preferred lounging and house shirt. And given how cheap both are&#44 I think you could buy both and try them out yourself. Still&#44 these shirt prove that we’re not stuck in an undershirt world consisting of HANES and FRUIT OF THE LOOM&#44 which&#44 despite their best efforts to do otherwise&#44 cannot provide a shirt this soft with a neck line that lasts. Additionally&#44 we don’t have to pay the prices of even JOCKEY or CK to get something that is super soft&#44 comfortable&#44 and stylish.~5|Tom^I will let the included photos speak for themselves. But here it is in a nutshell. I purchased these t-shirts to wear UNDER a polyester golf shirt. 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I ordered four “Triblend” t-shirts from three different vendors and all the shirts appeared to be from the same brand Canvas (see photos). I can see no reason for the higher price I paid for some shirts. They all appear to be of similar quality although they were made in differing countries. A couple of washings will tell of their quality&#44 but at this point I’m very satisfied with my purchase. If these fit your needs all indications are of happiness. I will be purchasing several more shirts. If I find any wear issues I will update if you indicate your interest in this post.~5|Allen^This review is for the white Tri-Blend Tshirt&#44 size: medium. I usually go with size small&#44 but I think I was reading other reviews and they said it fits just right for someone whose 5’10″&#44 larger in the pec/chest area. I’m kinda slim in the stomach area so this medium size makes me look like a tent 🙁 the length is on the long side. About 1 inch longer than store bought white undershirts. 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  • nadine^I usually don’t write bad reviews but I really hate this shirt… No doubt that this is the worst t-shirt that I have ever bought.The shirt is labeled “L” but it’s probably “M”. The product description says that that it’s cotton&#44 but it feels like like 100% polyester for me… It smells bad&#44 like some kind of chemical product used to paint the check-engine logo. The logo is faded too..The shipment was SLOW. It took about a month to arrive from China. I really can’t explain why others reviewed it with 4 or 5 stars. There is no “Guerrilla T-Shirt” label on it. Looks like I got a pirated copy!~3|DanM^Good shirt. Fits well. Logo is funny and all too commonplace.~4|Sandra H.^I bought this t-shirt for my husband along with an o2 sensor for MY car. I was tired of asking for him to take care of it and turn off my check engine light. This was a perfect reminder for him without having to say anything. My co-worker liked it so much I had to order one for him!~5|MrsG^Great gift for my VW husband! The joke in the VW community is that if your check engine light isnt on&#44 then the bulb is burnt out! He loves it&#44 it fits him great&#44 and the shirt is good quality and substantial.~5|davech420^This shirt has already brought great laughs. Fits perfectly.~5|katherine^Boyfriend loved it. His truck has been having engine problems for quite some time now&#44 so this was more as a ‘haha funny shirt’ than anything. He wears it a lot&#44 really likes it. Soft shirt&#44 fits well.~5|Zachary^Whatever this material is&#44 it picks up way more dust and dirt vs other black shirts I own. Which is a bummer because I really like the design.~3|Gama.^Feels and looks like a good quality/material is not as thin as other shirts I bought that they almost look like see through them. Overall I’m happy~5|Cullen M. Crosthwaite^Great shirt for the price. Always gets a laugh!~5|Jennifer^I bought this as a gift and he loved it. It fit him well and is a nice quality&#44 soft shirt. No issues with with the wash&#44 it looks just as nice as it did when it arrived.~5|

  • M. McQueen^After a few washes the letters started to crack and peel off. That was with me washing it inside out!~4|Patrick^These shirts are ok&#44 but the printing on the front is lacking in quality in my opinion. I have put them through the wash twice now and the print has begun to crack and peel. It seems as though over time the print could potentially come off completely. The shirt itself is comfortable and is a pretty accurate fit to any other sized t-shit. You can also tell this isn’t an \”authentic\” Air Force t-shirt compared to the ones you buy at the base exchange&#44 again I think this is attributed to the poor print quality. So why 3 stars? Overall&#44 I think its a decent value compared to the authentic Air Force T-Shirts from the Base Exchange that I mentioned earlier. However&#44 It is unlikely I would repurchase.~3|Patrick J Bockino^Great Quality&#44 better than others that I have purchased Else where…!!And at Half the Price….Home-Run~5|Mayday^nice shirt~5|Jay^It’s not the world’s sturdiest or comfiest shirt&#44 but for the money I spent&#44 I’m satisfied.~4|Mr. H^What’s to say. It looks just like the picture. The ‘U.S. Air Force’ text looks bigger in person than it does on the shirt though&#44 i’m happy about that. The material isn’t bad&#44 it looks like this shirt is going to last a while.I got this shirt to wear during my workouts and to wear when I go to DEP meetings for USAF. The price of shipping costs just about as much as the shirt.. which sucks&#44 but I decided i’d buy a few shirts to at least get the most of my money.~5|RPN^Too small~4|Warren Peace^It showed up on time&#44 and looks as advertised&#44 however&#44 I have worn it three times and it is already falling apart. The quality is lacking and I would not order it again&#44 or recommend it.~4|Tim Thele^Too large would have tried the smaller size if the company didn’t have a restocking fee plus insured returns will look for a different co.i ordered the size I wear and it was huge on me~4|jimbo57^I have ordered many USAF shirts that cost more but did not fit as well or look as good. As a 5’10” 175LB person I ordered Large which fits perfectly. As an ex-USAF air rescue serviceman I love this shirt.~5|

  • Marie Ross^My 10-year-old&#44 who is obsessed with all things FNAF and animatronics in general&#44 loves this shirt. It is a softer t-shirt&#44 which makes it more comfortable for him&#44 and no tags which is a huge plus! I ordered it a size up as 1) he can wear it over a long-sleeved shirt on really cold days&#44 and 2) I want him to be able to wear it for at least a year or two. As long as shirts like this are washed an dried inside out&#44 they can last for a long time.The order came sooner then estimated&#44 which was great as this was a birthday present and was estimated to arrive afterwards (it arrived the day before)! Finally&#44 this was a good pick for my son to wear to school as some other kids can find some FNAF shirts to be scary-looking. No worries with a smiling and friendly Freddy. :D~5|Sara Klopotowski^My 6 year old son&#44 fell in love with this t-shirt. I have had to send it back twice now due to the size being too large. I think this should be put in as an adult size t-shirt instead of boys or youth.~4|Amazon Customer^I ordered two different fnaf shirts this one was small. I oredered a M for a normal 9 year old. It was like a size 10/12 kids shirt.~4|pbrown72^Ordered a large expecting a large little boys and recd a large big boys. My fault i guess. Also very thin. But my 5 y/o son loves it bc its fnaf.~4|Juli Driskill^Very fast delivery and item was exactly as described!~5|Amazon Customer^Product: It is just as displayed&#44 my cousin loved it and I know he’s going to use it a lot.Quality: It is okay&#44 not cotton&#44 but you can tell it will stand a long timeDelivery: This is the reason I deducted a star. It arrived late (December 24th!) but customer service was excellent and very accommodating~4|Willie B^Gift for my grandson~5|Melanie^My son loves it he wishes I would get him more. He wears it so much though the it has really faded.~5|Amazon Customer^Fit perfectly&#44 on time&#44 quality good&#44 my grandson loves Freddy&#44 and was so happy to get this shirt – he loves it!~5|Samanta Almeda^My son loved this shirt. It actually had a good quality material. He’s usually a 5/6 and he’s 6yrs old. I bought him a small and it was a bit big on him but he still wears it.~5|

  • Amazon Customer^So I am a female sitting at 5’0″ 98lbs and I ordered the small. And omg. Let me tell you. I was so excited to get this in&#44 I’ve had my eyes on it for a while. And when it came in&#44 I immediatly put it on and it was perfect. EXACTLY like the picture~5|

  • Stephen Thomas^Overall a good buy for the price. The pockets on the jersey are very high on the back of the jersey and difficult to access anything while riding without a very uncomfortable reach. I am a short guy of 5’6″ and weight 145 and I bought the Medium size after reading others reviews and the jersey is a great fit and although the leggings are too long&#44 I just roll up the lower part after I zip them and it works for me. Style looks great and I have used just once since I got them last week and I am happy with my purchase.~4|Amazon Customer^Very good quality pieces&#44 I was impressed with the solid construction and nicer material.I had a minor issue with sizing but communication with the seller was very prompt and it was taken care of quickly and easily. Top notch customer service!~5|Amazon Customer^Very good jersey. It protects you from the cold weather. very good material quality am very impressed with the jersey.~5|Pete^Perfect~5|Nate Rose^Great padding for cool weather~5|Jon^I wear a large in regular us jersey size. Definitely happy I bought the extra large. I like this orange color.~5|Devon^Very pleased with the way this fits on me. Im 6ft 190lbs. Pretty muscular frame and it fits nice. I have the xl. The pants are a little long but it fits great as well.~5|Kris M.^Sizing can be tricky so you may want to contact the seller to discuss before ordering. They provide excellent customer service and made sure I got what i needed. Great value for the amount of money spent.~5|Ken B.^Product fits perfectly&#44 breathable material. I was able to enjoy cycling in this apparel even though in my opinion the pants seat padding could be a bit more absorbent.~4|andrew^The pant was the perfect size&#44 however the shirt was a tad too big for a large.~4|

  • C. Favole^I was surprised by the quality of plastic used; it’s quite thick and not flimsy at all. There’s a cushion for the part that touches your head&#44 so it won’t scratch you but I didn’t find that to be all that helpful. I found the “adjustable tie” to be unnecessary and separating the heavy plastic in that way actually made the crown droop a bit&#44 rather than just sitting balanced on the head.I actually used this for a costume that required it to fit the other way&#44 so I cut off the tie part and sewed the headband do a wig. Since the entire thing is made of thick plastic&#44 I weaved the thread between the leaf design and was able to successfully secure it in place.If you’re wearing this with a wig or will be incorporating it into your own design&#44 it’s great. But if you’re going to be wearing it on your own head (no wig) for a frat or halloween party&#44 you’ll be adjusting it all night.~4|Carolyn Elya^Worn at least 5 days in a row at Reed for turning in my thesis/Renn Fayre. Surprisingly resilient to champagne showers&#44 fireworks&#44 and&#44 being Portland&#44 rain. Nice work&#44 little laurels. Nice work.~5|Product Princess^This sturdy and plastic laurel leaf headband worked perfectly for my daughters class room assignment&#44 she had to act like Nike the greek goddess .This headband fit her just right as soon as I tied the elastic on the back in place and it had foam on the inside of the headband which makes wearing it comfortable.My daughter wore it with a black wig and looked super cute! Hopefully she will get an A in her grade project:)~5|Paola^This headband is super cute! It stayed on all night and was not too tight or loose. Can adjust on the back.~5|CEK^Cheap plastic garbage&#44 and looks like it. I didn’t even wear it&#44 it looks like a blind Chinese child slave made it out of playdoh and sadness&#44 and like it was bought from a $0.25 machine at the Dollar Tree in the bad side of town.~3|Savvy buyer^The Laurel Leaf Headband fit perfectly on my son’s head. I was worried because my son’s head is rather large for an 11 year old and wasn’t sure the headband would fit. And as previous reviewers said&#44 looked well. Not agreeing with other reviewers– the tie back was fine. It actually added something to the head band. I liked the color- it was not a brassy gold but somber color. My son needed it for \”Museum Day\” at his middle school and it arrived earlier than expected-and in a box. It is well made with a comfortable spongy material liner. My son wore it all day and did not complain about any discomfort. He was dressed as the Greek God Apollo&#44 and though the band is wider than a lot of laurel wreaths&#44 the headband did not look big on him. The look and fit was perfect!!~5|SuperiorMom05^I bought it for a costume and was pleasantly surprised that for the price&#44 it was sturdy&#44 thick plastic with. Foam backing to stay in my hair. It closes with just 2 pieces of elastic which is cheap but I only needed the wreath for 1 day and it sufficed. My kids still use it in their dress-up clothes.~5|A demanding customer^Do not buy&#44 not worth the money&#44 this is a like a kids plastic strip toy! Worth 25 cents to one buck!!~3|PickybutFair^I bought this for my students for our staging of Julius Caesar. It is suitable for younger students and young adolescents. It would probably be too small for most adults.~4|Shyanne Waterman^Fit was perfect and it even had a foam band inside to make it more comfy and it actually helped the band stay in my hair. Arrived earlier than expected! I wasn’t expecting the elastic closure&#44 so that too me by surprise&#44 I mean&#44 I guess it works and it’s easy to hit the elastic in the hair&#44 so I can’t complain. Love this product!~4|

  • D. Montalvo^Awesome Camo Cap! Highly recommended!~5|Amazon Customer^I finally found a hat that fits my large cranium. The white front is a bit generic but an artistic Sharpie user can certainly decorate it. It seems good quality and it’s definitely nice not to have to put a hat on the largest setting to get it to kinda’ fit. My next search is for hats this size and proportions with logos I like.~5|Wyatt^Super comfy and fits my big noggin perfectly! For a white hat&#44 it does not stain easily at all which is a big plus! Will definitely buy again in a different color!~5|large footed city dweller^This hat is not very deep&#44 just wider around. I need the depth as well… It sits on top of my head.~4|BloodSweatandBears^I normally wear a size 8 ball cap&#44 this one can have all the snaps in their corresponding holes and still fit me. Normally I would be on the last snap. It fits well and is pre shaped in the front just like the picture. If you have a larger head and have trouble with snap backs&#44 try this&#44 I am very happy with mine.~5|stcruz^Nice hat. Got it wet and now&#44 it looks weird. Will not buy again.~3|Amazon Customer^Good fit nice hat~4|Sam^This cap is really big. I think it’s way too big.I usually wear 7 1/2 size cap and I guess this cap is for 8 or bigger size.~3|Jon Smaha^just what I wanted~5|Onedogrunnin^Little bit taller than the others I ordered&#44 still fits alright.~4|Sharon^Fit alright. Does job OK. Purchased for husband as he needed one with mesh in back for the weather now.~4|

  • Russell326^A bit on the long side for a Large and the logo was a lot lighter than expected.~3|Eva^Fits as expected.. arrived day before eta~5|the Grinch^Nothing fancy&#44 just a simple cotton shirt with screened graphic.~3|Carlos O. Texidor Maldonado^Excellent!!~5|Meshal Nouri Alshammari^Idk~4|

  • W. Miller^I ordered this cap for my son because he seems to favor the “Newsboy style” cap.He was happy with the cap so “I was happy with the purchase!” Most important was the “size.” He needs a bigger sizeand sometimes the larger sizes are hard to find.~4|Destino^So I bought this hat yesterday and it arrived today. Fast Shipping!The hat itself is a bit bigger than I had expected but does it job. I wanted to buy this as a winter hat and for the fashion style. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed in the quality.

  • Jane Doe consumer^Love this. I’m a large girl and this had a perfect fit!! The padding is different&#44 but right where it needs to be~5|

  • Amazon Customer^Unfortunately it’s worst quality ever&#44 I’m truly disappointed … in description you may see 100% preshrunk cotton&#44 but it’s not at all&#44 it’s 100% synthetic even hitting you with electric when you wearing it. The size doesn’t match with the description&#44 not for women not for men. Stitches are crooked&#44 logo Michael Jordan is blurry. Me and my husband we cannot wear those t-shirts.~3|kieta shields^Really what can I say about Jordan shirt gift for son and he loved it wore next day~5|ktangelic^Rec’d earlier than expected! Shirt fits pretty much as expected….although is a slimmer fit. But it still works for my son. He likes it! A nice shirt for the lower price!!~5|Dianeth Cole^Quality is not the best.~3|DEBORAHO'NEAL^Even though it was a little small&#44 I gave you a 5 Because of the look and the Quality!!!!Thank you!~5|Mohamed Ahmed^It was too small should I not be In Amazon size large but I give it to my son and he’s 13 years old it was too small for him to~3|Amazon Customer^Gold in pics when i got it don’t look anything like the color at all – fits perfectly~3|Daniel Doyle^Was a knock off not an authentic Jordan shirt~3|Darcie^Shirts run small~4|Amazon Customer^I exspected better quality. At the very least cotton. Very cheaply made~4|

  • Thoffman^Very large and the emblem is not white like pictured&#44 it’s like gray.~4|

  • Phantom76^Fit perfectly and they are durable. I’ve ridden over 500 miles in these shorts and they aren’t showing any signs of wear&#44 aside from the firmness of the gel decreasing a bit (but that is expected).~5|MAVRIK^I decided to give these a try and found them to fit perfect. I have not used them to ride as of yet&#44 but the overall fit and comfort is great. I hope they are durable and will not fall apart on me too quickly.The design of the shorts is good and is on par with more expensive cycle shorts. The price at which I purchased them was a deal and hard to beat. Overall they are a great pair of shorts and would recommend them.~5|Daniel Sawaya^They are OK. The shirts ordered by this company need to be ordered at least 2 sizes up. The shorts run longer in length but the overall fit is ok. My quads are pretty large but the length is a tad long.. Also the cushioning is just ok compared to my other cycling shorts. For the price though they work fine and I will continue to use them. Can’t complain really about spending $20something dollars on these. T~3|N. Z. Miles^These shorts are comfortable&#44 fit well to size and look good to boot!I am 6’&#44 190#s and 33-34 waist and size L fit me fine.They are long enough to not look awkward and padding seems ample.I haven’t gone on a long bike with them yet&#44 but expect them to perform well.I did not receive a discount on this product for my honest opinion&#44 I paid full price for the item.~5|Amazon Customer^Was somewhat wary given the cheaper price&#44 but the reviews verified as legit and I was pleasantly surprised.5’9″ 160 lbs&#44 and Large (medium for US) fits perfectly. They have a good length to them&#44 and any worries I had about the world being exposed to too much of me were removed by apparently all the padding in the world being present in the fun zone.~5|Tomas Acosta^Nice~5|karla luiggy^Great for Maybe it’s because I haven’t bought a new pair of cycling shorts in a few years&#44 but these things are extremely comfortable. I’m a recreational cycler that gets in about 20mi per week&#44 and these feel really good on my man parts. I’m a 36″ waist and the XL fit perfectly.~4|dirtybacon^Getting into biking&#44 I really didn’t want to be “that guy”&#44 but I ended up getting bike shorts anyway. These shorts are incredibly comfortable&#44 and I really like the quality of the banding around the thigh. I hope they hold up&#44 but first few uses have been fantastic.~5|john macdonald^Very nice bike shorts for the price&#44 bought them for mountain biking. I am 5 11 and 180 lbs&#44 xl fit great&#44 just little loose above the knees but my legs run on skinny side. Padding is great&#44 makes huge difference on the longer bike rides.~5|M. Bolton^I love these cycling shorts. Very supportive and just the right amount of padding. Not overly bulky and very stylish. I will likely buy a few more pairs&#44 especially at this price point.~5|

  • Steve Shankles^Super great hat&#44 my mom worked at NASA during Saturn missions~5|Holly Davis^Nice quality hat&#44 looks great&#44 and my son loves it!!~5|Amazon Customer^Great cap! Feels awesome and looks great.~5|Scott Souza^Great hat fits great. Cotton hats are the best ..~5|Antonio Gutierrez^Nice quality~5|melinda^fit well&#44 size can be adjusted&#44 good material.~5|

  • Dave^Terrible shirt. The image in the pic when you order clearly shows a cotton t-shirt with a rib knit crew neck and a clear print. What I received was an XXL shirt that barely fits my size large son made from a polyester microfiber (like a women’s blouse) with tiny neck and sleeve stitched hems (very effeminate). The logo art is faded and terrible and off center on the shirt. SO material&#44 fit/sizing and artwork are all terrible. Total fail for me! Bummed.~3|Tyler^Ring&#44 ring&#44 it’s 7:00 A.M.I got myself up to put on the shirt againWidened smile on my faceThe thought brings me to a wonderful placeStudents&#44 co-workers&#44 and strangers tooMake comments on how this shirt rules~5|Leslie^The shirt is on the wider and shorter sides of extra large. My 13 year old is 5’9 150 lbs and wears an XL in most T-shirts&#44 because LT just isn’t a readily available size&#44 and L gaps at his waist when he raises his arms. God forbid anyone in the 8th grade should see his belly skin. This does cover him&#44 but it is wide enough that it bunches – a lot – under his arms.The material is nice and thick&#44 and the graphic looks like it will last a long time.~4|Jeff C. Warner^The shirt is a polyester rash guard&#44 not cotton as in the product description. The screen print is horrible. It took a month to arrive. The worst purchase I have ever made on amazon. This product requires negative stars and some kind of scam alert. DO NOT BUY THIS!!!~3|Kent Graham^Don’t buy this shirt. The image is blurry&#44 out of focus&#44 like they enlarged a piece of art that was not high resolution (probably because they didn’t have the rights). I also got a Replacements “Let It Be” shirt. Same blurriness. These shirts shipped from Hong Kong. I question if the product is even legally licensed. I’m just going to throw it away.~3|David Devaux^I know others are complaining about the material and image. There must several different runs as mine is obviously a cotton Tee and the image is fine. Shirt ran a little big&#44 but all in all its a decent shirt~4|Usul_Digital^This image is possibly the worst iv’e ever seen. It looks like somebody took a screenshot of an low res tiny Jpeg&#44 blew it up then photo copied it and put it on a shirt. Which is admittedly pretty punk rock&#44 but not a good buy.~4|Jack^The worst shirt I have ever gotten from Amazon. States it is a cotton shirt&#44 I don’t know what this shirt is made out of but it is clearly not cotton. it is something I would not give my worst enemy to put on. Plus I see no way to return it.Thanks for nothing.~3|Amazon Customer^I color was good loved the vintage look the fit was a little big but overall rating im satisfied with my puchase&#44thx…~5|Susanart^great shirt~5|

  • B. L^My neice love it.~5|chris manney^Well made sweater fits perfect ect~5|Stephanie Simmons^My daughter likes this item and is happy with her purchase!!~5|Isaiah Ross^Don’t let the packaging fool you. When it was delivered&#44 I thought it was too small because I NEVER have luck with clothes I order online. I took it out of the package and put it on&#44 and it fit perfectly. Not only that&#44 it was fuzzy inside&#44 which I like. Great sweater!!~5|Amazon Customer^The bad thing. . .1.its tight but still fits me i ordered a large but it would fit a 8-10 year old probably so i suggest to order the xx-large or the xxx-large one2.it took so long to comeThe good this is1.the hoodie feels good in my opinion and i suggest the seller whos selling it to make the inside of the hoodie a little softer bc its kinda rought but i also like the material2.its a great hoodie~4|Amazon Customer^I ordered a large for my 10 year old and it was very tight on her.~3|Amazon Customer^this product is far too small. i ordered a small and i am not a large person at all and it’s super tight. this is especially small for a male size. the printing on the jacket is pretty blurry as well. the jacket was supposed to be a christmas present and come on December 20th&#44 but it just came January 5th. it took an unnecessary amount of time.~3|Shopaholic14^Terrible quality. Took months to reach me (said us seller but came from China direct. I did get my money back after a dispute. When the product did arrive it was the worst quality I’ve ever purchased.~3|Amazon Customer^Took a week longer then it said it would. Also the printing isn’t super nice either. Get a size bigger!~4|

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