May 28th, 2009
Amazon was taken by surprise when a deluge of heartfelt 5-star reviews brought the “Three Wolf Moon” T-shirt, containing a timeless airbrushed image of 3 wolves howling at the moon, to the forefront of their most popular products.
While the appeal of such wolf imagery may not be your first thought when you think “I need a cool T-shirt,” there’s a fact about Animal T-shirts that we’ve seen ring true for years:
Wolves may not be man’s best friend, but they still have a lot of fans out there.
Wolf admirers may, of course, recognize the bitter irony in the domesticated canine’s wild popularity over the original canis lupus species – survivor of the ice age, prehistoric ancestor of your fat, lazy childhood Labrador (note to self: if you can balance a food tray on your dog’s back, the dog needs a diet) – but of course it’s hard to beat out a subspecies that’ll fetch the paper, listen to your commands (well, selectively) and sleep on your bed without eating the cat. Or you. Or Gerald Ford.
And yet while dogs reign as the Homecoming King and Queen, wolves are still a contender in the popularity contest that is the Animal T-shirt. Sure, cats and horses might be on the Homecoming Court, but the wolf is at the very least in the band. The poor coyote is sequestered inside in the AV club and doesn’t even go to Homecoming.
Perhaps it’s the primordial nature of wolves that appeal to wolf T-shirt lovers; perhaps it’s the wide range of design style. From humor to photography; from traditional illustration to tattoo art; from pop culture references to childhood bedtime stories, it would seem that those raving about the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt aren’t the only ones out there whose imaginations have been captured by this ancient creature.
And so, we pay tribute to the wolf today with a haiku (feel free to share your own):
Conservation is working
Live long and prosper
And now, just for kicks, we’ll revisit that classic SNL skit that led to the serious question as to whether wolves pose a clear and present danger to those occupying the Oval Office: