Music snob t-shirts

Musicvenndiag Here is a fun Venn diagram t-shirt for hipster music snobs. Also related, a t-shirt that simply states, "Nothing is good if other people like it."
Link (Thanks, Jess Hemerly!)


  1. In that diagram “music I used to like” should also be “music I like”, which doesn’t make any sense. Music can’t be both liked and not liked.
    “Music I used to like” should be completely outside of the “music I like” circle.

  2. Now if we could just get one that dynamically displayed the wearer’s current net worth, for the upwardly mobile hipster set.

  3. I made one for my technical writing class that had two circles with nothing touching. The first circle said “People I like” and the second said “you.” My teacher was not amused

  4. Change “Music you like” to “Music ‘rents like”, and you have the #1 thing that fuels revolutions in pop music.

    Or, at least, *did* fuel … before video games, facebook … oh, which reminds me, I liked this post before you commented on it.

  5. To those who say it doesn’t make any sense: You aren’t understanding it. ‘Music I used to like’ depends upon the reader’s ‘Music you like’. Basically for the subset of music that the wearer likes they will pretend they’ve ‘matured’ beyond liking any music you like, even though they still like it. Never mind, it’s a snob thing, I wouldn’t expect you to understand.

  6. Father Brown, I’m with you on the general principle that a joke built on premises that are logically at fault loses a great deal of its humor. I’m equally annoyed by television commercials that propose a particular product as the ultimate solution to a problem that is not actually a problem. However, there are not actually any logical inconsistencies in this diagram.

    This only “doesn’t make sense” if you assume that one of the existing labels on the picture applies to the entire left circle. In fact, the left circle represents “Music I Have Liked and Continue to Like” … not “Music I Like (Now)” OR “Music I Used to Like.” Admittedly this is somewhat inconsistent, since the label “Music You Like” does appear to apply to the entire right-hand circle including the overlapping portion, but it is not actually logically flawed.

  7. Isn’t the semi-fallacy of the logic mainly what makes the joke funny?

    The fact that the diagram doesn’t make complete sense, in a scientific way, is what makes it like a music snob’s snobbery. Mostly nonsensical/pointless.

    I think it’s pretty obvious what the joke is right away, nonetheless. We all know what it’s saying. Got a chuckle out of me. Maybe some people need to have their funnybones examined. ;)

  8. Wow, Venn diagram snobs.

    (Although I agree Indexed was much better before it sold out to Staples.)

  9. I still think that the part that is part of both circles should be something that is both “music I like” and “music you like”. “Music I used to like” is not part of “music I like”. “used to” implies “music I used to like and don’t anymore”.

    But hey, it’s just a t-shirt, not an SAT question.

  10. I wouldn’t wear this shirt just because of all the people who would point out the supposed logical fallacy in it instead of just laughing and moving along, most my friends are like boing boing readers. Also, the shirt is totally sold out; BB mentioned it.

  11. @17 GRIMBOY. Venn diagrams don’t need to be circles. See Edwards’ Venn diagrams, for instance:

    But the joke is for the intelligent and dynamic user of Venn diagrams who understands that a set minus a set is also a set, even though the new set is not a circle. Listen here …

    What the circles tell, is a Venn diagram story: I bring my circle of musical taste, and you bring yours. Now we see where they overlap, and while you are waiting for the non-dynamic conclusion “What both you and I like” — I change the overlap (which used to be in “Things I like”) to “Things I used to like”. The simultaneous use of past and present tense gives that away, doesn’t it?

    PS: My petty nitpicks about Venn diagrams and your petty nitpicks about Venn diagrams don’t overlap. ;-)

  12. Wow, this so totally reminds me of the college radio station I used to work at.. where people loved REM until they Sold Out and got filthy rich, and where people loved U2 until they Sold Out and got filthy stinking ludicrous rich.

    Bands are only good until they become successful, right? Does that mean if nobody ever buys any music then all bands will stay good?

  13. Well, for those arguing the semantics, if this is a set of “music we can discuss” it works, too. We can’t discuss any music I currently like because you aren’t cool enough to know of it, and I can’t discuss music you like because I’m too cool to listen. But if it’s music I’ve been unfortunately trapped into admitting I know something about, I must, by default consider it music that was once cool, but now I can’t listen anymore. Philistines.

  14. It doesn’t even have anything to do with semantics. There is plenty of music I both like and dislike at the same time.

    We all obviously have far too much time on our hands if this is the kind of crap we are arguing about.

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