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How an 88-year-old Japanese drip lord sent us on a rare Apple-tee quest
Feat. a grail-tier G4 Cube shirt
We know only 3 things about Hironobu-san, a.k.a. @hokanobunobu on ig: 54k ppl follow him, he follows 0, and this MF IS A DAMN 88-YEAR-OLD DRIP PRIEST who’s been blessing our TL with heavy fits since we started following him last year.
One specific item in a recent Hironobu post caught our eye, though: The Power Mac G4 Cube t-shirt he’s rocking above center.
For mysterious reasons that maybe involve weird Mac stans or just boil down to “dopeness,” G4 Cube shirts turn out to cost a lot: Here’s an M asking $110, another one asking $162 and a L for the truly goofy price of $300.
Nonetheless, u gotta hand it to this shirt … typically when u think of “cool” vintage Apple merch it’s rainbow-colored, faintly kitsch ‘80s joints like the justifiably legendary Apple sneaker (or the recent Concepts / Mephisto homage)…
…but the G4 Cube shirt “hits” the same way that Apple and the ghosts of Jim Henson, Martha Graham and Buckminster Fuller “think,” baby: different. It registers as simultaneously recent and distant, in a pleasantly paradoxical combination, and seeing it on hokanobunobu’s feed sent us on a hunt for more non-obvious ‘90s and ‘00s Apple heat.
We fux w/ all 3 of these OS X tees, which have wild & unaccountable disparities in price … faded leopardskin version, left, $45 here; “gel” logo, center, $55 here and $125 here; galactic sans-serif logo, right, an unbeatable $12 here and $9 here.
Check out this ‘96 Mission: Impossible tie-in w/ the sick surveillance-state-biometric-vibes on the verso, selling for $86 here…
Repping an operating system is funny no matter what, but props to the OS 7-era Cupertino marketing team for listing 7 other major historical 7s (we see u, “the 7 voyages of Sinbad”) on this excellent shirt, asking $130 here.
This Power Macintosh shirt is charmingly dweeby, with solid clip-art graphics — only $30 here. Meanwhile, the super-wavy ‘95 Tokyo Macworld Expo artifact on the right captures the fascinating, early-WIRED-magazine-looking-ass aesthetic overlap between ‘90s tech and psychedelia — asking $85 here.
Real talk though, we might just cop a bricked-out G4 Cube and put it on a plinth in the BLACKBIRD SPYPLANE H.Q. lobby ??