It is very clear that DDHQ is working super hard on getting new merchandise in their store for all of us to buy and enjoy! When I look at the merchandise that has been included within the last six months or so, it definitely has a feel of celebrating the 40th anniversary as many of the designs are ones used in the past or are direct repeats. I do not oppose this idea, not in the least. After all, maybe people were not around when various designs came out the first time or did not have the money to afford them then. Heck, sometimes, people’s taste change over time. What you did not love, initially, could be something you love now. It happens.
The most recent examples of these repeats are shown in this picture:
Obviously, the bottom products are ones from the Big Thing era of the late 1980s. I think a lot of people would probably love merchandise from that time period, especially since a lot of current fans (like myself) did not nearly appreciate Big Thing as much as I should have. The top design, on the other hand, from what I know was around during the reunion of the early 2000s. I remember seeing fans wearing t-shirts like that during the 2004 fan convention, for example. Here’s my question. How popular was that image then? I only saw it on one person, one time. In fairness, though, I was not around a lot of other fans, at that time, outside of that convention. Maybe, it was super popular and I just didn’t know.
Of course, I also wonder if lots of people like it now. I don’t have a clue. I didn’t see a lot of people screaming about it, in excitement, on social media when DDHQ first posted but…I admit that I have not been on there as much. It is clearly an image that grabbed my attention as I am sure would most people, especially non-fans. Part of me is entertained by the clear embrace of female Duranies being sexually attracted to the band. It reminds me of the line from Bedroom Toys of “if you can’t destroy it, might as well enjoy it.” Sometimes, it is good just to embrace the stereotype to take power away from it. On the other hand, I have to wonder how comfortable people are to wear it. Now, I love wearing my Duran shirts. I would wear one each day, if I felt like I could get away with it. That said, I don’t think I would wear that one out in public or on zoom, for that most part. It would make me uncomfortable, not so much for the sex reference but I wouldn’t want people to think of me as a Duranie, just because the guys are attractive. I hate that stereotype. Maybe, I am being too serious or looking at this the wrong way.
So, fellow Duranies, what say you? What do you think? Do you like the non-Big Thing design? Do you find it funny? Clever? Or do you see it more like I do? Would you wear it or use the beach towel?