peeling away the shirt’s mystery

In the words of “Family Feud” host Richard Dawson, the answer is:

New Zealand!

My dad and stepmom got this splendid shirt during their month-or-two stay in New Zealand over the past holidays. I know that they, well, my dad in particular, has no stomach for the crass commercialism that is the American Christmas and will seek escape to higher saner grounds away from the feeding frenzy. Last season, New Zealand was it.

They returned to U.S. soil only shortly before the quake in Churchchrist, which they loved. The devastation there hit my stepmom hard.

Update: With the mystery of the shirt revealed, the next one is why a thumbprint, if not a design inspired by the kiwi slice or ocean currents? Any ideas? {p.s. posed the query to a retailer unearthed online with the hope it’ll solve the mystery!}

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 17:08:56

    Nope, I’d say the silver swirls were a thumb print. But I could be wrong…Very cool map, by the way, there’s Napier – I’m waving from there now. 😉


  2. realworld234
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 23:04:40

    *thumbs up* I love the design.


  3. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 02:47:14

    Just ’cause it looks cool…?!!
    I’ve seen a few around the place and always just assumed it was a thumb-print…I can’t think of anything symbolic that could tie in.
    Isobars? Ocean Currents? Identity?
    Who does the thumb-print belong to? That might be the question we should be asking…


  4. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 07:39:08

    The land mass looked familar…


  5. Lexiemom
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 12:35:48

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to New Zealand. One of these days, when I’m the woman of leisure and excessive wealth that I dream of being, I’m going to go. (Hopefully, I’ll get to go someday anyway.)


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 06, 2011 @ 13:20:57

      @lexiemom – If you truly desire to get to NZ, you’ll find a way, with or without the life of leisure and wealth. Though those certainly wouldn’t hurt. 😉 Hope you found the rewrite of your rewrite at your place.


  6. Flamingo Dancer
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 03:53:26

    New Zealand is a beautiful country – I have been there twice, Mr FD several times. I am not sure about the thumbprint – if am not that familiar with their indigenous art but Australian Aboriginals will paint thumb print like designs so may the Maori people do. Or maybe, as NZ is so clean and green, it is a statement about reducing their footprint.
    Their sporting colours are black and white – their football team is named the All Blacks. so maybe it is a reference to their sports teams too.
    Or maybe it is just a fingerprint!


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 13:50:49

      @FD – Thanks for playing the print game! 😉 It is neither a green statement nor sports related, of this I’m certain. And it’s not just a fingerprint, of that I’m certain as well. Art, perhaps; seems the likeliest of explanations. There is a reason for the fingerprint, I tell you, there is a reason! And I will unearth it! And when I do, I will post and you can pass it on to your neighbors and pals Down Under!


  7. trayflow
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 14:25:25


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 18:01:49

      @trayflow – Thanks. (I recognize that site after having surfed for the shirt as well.) Unfortunately, the link didn’t load. Was it perchance identical to this? Either way, it’s all good, I tracked down a NZ retailer of the hoodie version of the shirt. 🙂


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