Being Irish in the US is great fun until St. Patrick’s Day comes around and all the insulting stereotype t-shirts you can imagine seem to pop out of the woodwork.
From shirts embazoned with “Irish Yoga,” where drunk figures on their hands and knees vomit shamrocks, to “Irish I was Drunk” and “Blame the Irish for My Behavior,” there is far too much apparel that perpetuates negative stereotypes about the Irish.
A new Irish t-shirt company aims to provide the Irish in America with classy and clever alternatives to the typical Irish pride t-shirts.
SíosBóx, a San Francisco-based startup t-shirt company specializing in Ireland, opened their online doors last week with a new and interesting take on t-shirts that bring the real Ireland into focus.
"SíosBóx is a San Francisco-based modern t-shirt brand with roots in Dublin and San Francisco," their company statement reads. "Our primary goal is to create quality clothing that connects people and creates the perfect icebreaker. From subtle humor to vintage on-liners, our apparel will make a statement and provoke conversation."
Their t-shirts depict the many facets of Irish life including pop culture, GAA sports, nationalism, quotes from famous Irish authors and the wonderful Irish humor in all its glory.
There is also a section on Irish inventions. Did you know the first submarine used by the US and British navy was made by an Irishman from Co. Clare? Or that an Irishman created color photography, the ejector seat, the hypodermic syringe and, weirdly, seismology (there are no earthquakes in Ireland!)?. Irish geophysicist Robert Mallet is often credited as the “father of seismology” and he coined the words “seismology” and “epicenter.”
There is also a complete section on the 1916 Rising in honor of the upcoming 100 year anniversary.
SíosBóx t-shirts are unique and give the wearer an outlet to showcase their pride in their heritage. The t-shirts are made in America and made from soft, organic cotton. They are available in both men’s and women’s styles, ranging in price from $23 to $24.95.
You can view the full line here.