Athletic shirts: douchebaggery or comfort?

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    Dec 01, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    I've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.

    I wear a sleeveless T-shirt but would like to wear an athletic shirt (white, a.k.a. "wife beater" by some) because to me it says HOT and comfortable at the same time, but wonder if it reeks of Jersey Shore low-life douchbaggery.

    I realize the response varies by geography, background, and age... but what say you?
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    Dec 01, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    RIGHT WAY TO ROCK A BEATER:
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    WRONG WAY TO ROCK A BEATER:
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    Dec 01, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Haaretz said[/cite]RIGHT WAY TO ROCK A BEATER:
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    mmmm its sooo hot on a right guy icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 01, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.

    I wear a sleeveless T-shirt but would like to wear an athletic shirt (white, a.k.a. "wife beater" by some) because to me it says HOT and comfortable at the same time, but wonder if it reeks of Jersey Shore low-life douchbaggery.

    I realize the response varies by geography, background, and age... but what say you?
    there is nothing wrong with wearing a wifebeater. why the hell do they call them wifebeater anyway? why would you think it would be douche baggery?
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    I have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

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    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.
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    tuffguyndc said
    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.

    I wear a sleeveless T-shirt but would like to wear an athletic shirt (white, a.k.a. "wife beater" by some) because to me it says HOT and comfortable at the same time, but wonder if it reeks of Jersey Shore low-life douchbaggery.

    I realize the response varies by geography, background, and age... but what say you?
    there is nothing wrong with wearing a wifebeater. why the hell do they call them wifebeater anyway? why would you think it would be douche baggery?


    The name comes from the stereotypical trailer-dwelling, Schlitz-drinking rural poor male with a history of domestic abuse. See also Cops.

    I would argue it earns you the DB badge, much like popping your collar, because it communicates "Notice my good looks/nice body" which can be seen as arrogant.
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    AGREED! I don't want to see your nipples at the gym. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    AGREE! icon_biggrin.gif
    And Avada's the only one I've seen who can rock cutoffs like nobody's business.
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
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    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    AGREE! icon_biggrin.gif
    And Avada's the only one I've seen who can rock cutoffs like nobody's business.


    There are others, he's just my favorite (and his pic was on the home screen when I went looking for an example).
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    GigoloAssassin said
    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    AGREE! icon_biggrin.gif
    And Avada's the only one I've seen who can rock cutoffs like nobody's business.


    There are others, he's just my favorite (and his pic was on the home screen when I went looking for an example).


    I'm sure he appreciates the attention, lol!
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said

    I'm sure he appreciates the attention, lol!


    No, I'm old so it's probably "creepy".
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    Pretty typical attire for me at the gym.... if I wore a regular Tshirt, I'd probably feel constrained...lol





    GigoloAssassin said
    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    AGREE! icon_biggrin.gif
    And Avada's the only one I've seen who can rock cutoffs like nobody's business.
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
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    tuffguyndc said
    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.


    I would argue it earns you the DB badge, much like popping your collar, because it communicates "Notice my good looks/nice body" which can be seen as arrogant.
    Really? Dude, you got all that from someone wearing a wifebeater or someone wearing there collar up? I just figured most people where them because its hot as hell out and it beats not wearing a shirt at all
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
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    njmeanwhile said
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    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.


    I would argue it earns you the DB badge, much like popping your collar, because it communicates "Notice my good looks/nice body" which can be seen as arrogant.
    Really? Dude, you got all that from someone wearing a wifebeater or someone wearing there collar up? I just figured most people where them because its hot as hell out and it beats not wearing a shirt at all


    I didn't say I feel that way. You asked why there is a stigma against it. That is the reason, as far as I have observed.

    There was a thread about this on bodybuilding.com where a guy who most people on here would regard as fit looking naively posted a picture of himself in said shirt that he had made.

    The response was - in a word - vicious. It's funny how (I assume) straight men can be just as catty on anonymous internet forums like this as we tend to be on here. They just use "faggot" a lot more, and not as a term of endearment.

    My point to the OP was just to be aware that if you wear something like that to a gym or elsewhere, be prepared to be judged.

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    Dec 01, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    I wear muscle tees and tanks at the gym cause I like to see when the arms and shoulders get pumped! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    T shirts with the sleeves cut off look hot and you can use any old shirt. You dont have to cut the sleeves off to show nipples if you dont want to. I cut mine to just expose my shoulders. ( as shown)
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    GigoloAssassin said

    I'm sure he appreciates the attention, lol!


    No, I'm old so it's probably "creepy".


    Hey man, I'm old too. Who cares, Lol! icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 01, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    tuffguyndc said
    njmeanwhile said
    tuffguyndc said
    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.


    I would argue it earns you the DB badge, much like popping your collar, because it communicates "Notice my good looks/nice body" which can be seen as arrogant.
    Really? Dude, you got all that from someone wearing a wifebeater or someone wearing there collar up? I just figured most people where them because its hot as hell out and it beats not wearing a shirt at all


    I didn't say I feel that way. He asked why there is a stigma against it. That is the reason, as far as I have observed.
    Now I see it totally different. If someone said that to me. I would think they had low self esteem and did not have the body to wear stuff like that so that is why they figure I must be wanting attention
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    njmeanwhile said
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    NakedBudd saidI've been the skinny guy all my life, but I've been working out at the gym for three years and now have some size now to my pecs and biceps. I'm not big, still skinny, but I like my new look.


    I would argue it earns you the DB badge, much like popping your collar, because it communicates "Notice my good looks/nice body" which can be seen as arrogant.
    Really? Dude, you got all that from someone wearing a wifebeater or someone wearing there collar up? I just figured most people where them because its hot as hell out and it beats not wearing a shirt at all


    I didn't say I feel that way. He asked why there is a stigma against it. That is the reason, as far as I have observed.
    Now I see it totally different. If someone said that to me. I would think they had low self esteem and did not have the body to wear stuff like that so that is why they figure I must be wanting attention


    Well, sure. And you would probably be right. Someone who is secure in who they are would not be phased by someone else's wardrobe choice, at last not to the point of saying something. My point was just that it will trigger that reaction in some people. There are no shortage of insecure folks with low-self esteem and an inflated belief in their own opinion in the world.

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    Dec 01, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    I never wore tank tops until I started working out. Now that I can kinda pull them off, they r my fav thing to wear. makes me feel sexy ; )
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    Dec 01, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidI never wore tank tops until I started working out. Now that I can kinda pull them off, they r my fav thing to wear. makes me feel sexy ; )


    Nice feeling isn't it? I'm more inclined to wear one them OUTSIDE the gym because I'm less likely to be outclassed in the general population. The guys in my gym are hardcore.
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    Dec 01, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
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    wolverinecub86 saidI never wore tank tops until I started working out. Now that I can kinda pull them off, they r my fav thing to wear. makes me feel sexy ; )


    Nice feeling isn't it? I'm more inclined to wear one them OUTSIDE the gym because I'm less likely to be outclassed in the general population. The guys in my gym are hardcore.


    So tru. I feel like the out of shape guy in the gym cuz everyone is so muscular. But compared to the general population I'm in good shape.


    Either way for a guy as hairy as me, having exposed armpits means less sweating. So for that alone, I love tanks.
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    Dec 01, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
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    wolverinecub86 saidI never wore tank tops until I started working out. Now that I can kinda pull them off, they r my fav thing to wear. makes me feel sexy ; )


    Nice feeling isn't it? I'm more inclined to wear one them OUTSIDE the gym because I'm less likely to be outclassed in the general population. The guys in my gym are hardcore.


    Yeah, I feel you on this one.I will wear some sleeveless and even tank tops outside the gym, at a friend's house or when working outside, but I can't imagine trying to pull that shit at the gym. LOL
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    Dec 01, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.


    Someone make me a template for this! Mine always end up looking rather tragic :-(
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    njmeanwhile saidI have no issue with them, if there is some self-policing in terms of what is appropriate for venue and body type. certainly if you are reasonably fit and you're actually doing something strenuous, there's nothing wrong with it.

    A shirt that was tailored to be a tank top is different than cutting the sides out of a regular t-shirt so your whole torso is visible. I have to say that it takes a really good body to rock that look, even in the gym.

    If you look like this...

    9f20f2dd3a7e092d1df5c7a607249518.jpg

    Then by all means. IF you can do it, it ain't braggin'.



    Is there an instruction manual on how to make these shirts? I want to make some because most of my tshirts no longer fit but i figure if i cut out the sides I might be able to wear them to the gym.