The Anthrocon "Rocking Pittsburgh" shirt is back!
Due to popular demand, both from our attendees and from the local businesses, we have made another run of the "Rocking Pittsburgh" shirt that debuted last year, with the artwork of the inimitable Tani da Real. This shirt was commissioned on behalf of the city itself, meaning that Pittsburgh is the one who sells the shirt, not us! Thus, it is not available from the Anthrocon convention store, and can only be purchased from the local businesses that carry it.
So where do you find it? Here are the merchants who are stocking it this year:
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Hudson News in Concourse A and Concourse C, and the CNN Store in Concourse D.
DOWNTOWN ("dahntahn"): Westin Convention Center Hotel gift shop, 1000 Penn Ave; Courtyard by Marriott gift shop, 945 Penn Ave.; Hampton Inn gift shop, 1247 Smallman St; Marriot City Center gift shop, 112 Washington Place; Downtown Pittsburgh Welcome Center, 120 Fifth Ave.
If you live in Pittsburgh or intend to get there early, you've got a special surprise coming: the shirts are available starting now! This was at the request of the vendors and we were happy to oblige. We are hoping that they ordered enough to keep them going through the convention and we'll do our best to keep them stocked, but we can't guarantee how many will be available for sale this year.
I saw these shirts floating around last year, but had no idea where they got them. I figured it was a sponsor thing. Now that I know I definitely plan on getting one.
How much would they be?
It is up to each merchant what they wish to charge; I believe our MSRP is $20.
Great news! I managed to get one in the rush last year but had friends who missed out, so it's good to see it back again.
Ooo... I'm arriving at the westin on Wednesday. Goingto seeif I can snag one than.
This wold be a nice thing to bring back to Maryland, I had seen these but never actually thought about how to obtain them. This is going to be good, hopefully the hampton doesn't sell out.
Woot! Wanted one last year and missed out, glad I can get one this year.
...Damn...when I first heard of a 'Rocking Pittsburgh' T-shirt I was not impressed by the idea, but after seeing the design and hearing that Tani made it Im actually tempted...I dont suppose thats the shirt we supersponsors are getting free this year?
No, it is not the shirt Supersponsors will get. As explained last year, the merchants of Pittsburgh wanted to get involved as well. The Board of Directors agreed and came up with this idea. Basically what's happening here is that Anthrocon is 'leasing' its trademark (service mark?) of "Anthrocon" for a small fee and the local merchants make a donation to the charity for that year. That way, they don't violate Anthrocon's trade/service mark and Anthrocon gets more money for the charity...and more support from local merchants.
That said, if you want one, Kage has told you where you can get one. Based on last year, they will not be available in the Dealers Room or Con Store.
Alright, What if someone (Being me) Is absolutely certain that they cannot make it to AC 14? Under the assumtion that they may not have the t-shirt during AC15, how would i go about getting my paws on one?
Our best recommendation is to make a friend who is in Pittsburgh now, or will be for Anthrocon. We do not have plans to sell these in our online Con Store at this time.
AWESOME! Missed out last year! Will def. get one this year :3
I got one last year. It's a really cool t-shirt. I remember they sold out of those t-shirts the Wednesday before the con started, before more t-shirts came in stock, and I thought I wasn't gonna be able to get one. I was like "No fair! I haven't even arrived in Pittsburgh, yet!" But I still managed to buy one when the next set of t-shirts came.
Love this shirt I'm glad I snagged the last one at the Omni last year and I'm glad people will get a chance to get another chance to get it this year.
I'm glad I snagged the last one at the Omni last year...
AHA! SO IT WAS YOU!!!
I arrived Thursday morning, was registered and ensconced in my room at the Omni by 11am, immediately checked at the news counter/gift shop...and was told that they had already sold out...*Curses!*
I will probably have to check out the news stand shop at the airport, then; the Omni William Penn wasn't included in UncleKage's list for this year.
I'm curious to know if ANY non-furries buy the shirt. I suppose that figure is impossible to track without first hand knowlegde, but it'd still be an interesting stat.
I liked the con tshirt last year but I LOVED LOVED LOVED this design.
Furs/non furs Pittsburgh gets the extra revenue, so win win!
i hope they get a bunch in i will haz me one
I must have one for my son. This will be his first Anthrocon.
The hotels are not selling them right now. They all were told not to sell them till AC time...is there a miscommunication?
I never told them that.
And I just sent them an email un-telling them that if they got told that.
Thanks sir, I'll be heading back down tomorrow or Saturday to score them.
I would call first and make sure they will definitely be available. Anything related to Anthrocon could be considered "seasonal" merchandise. The sellers may not want to use up their display space for the shirts until a point closer to the convention.
IOW, "We can't sell them yet" may be a business decision, not a miscommunication.
Yeah, was kind of a bit dissappointed when the kid at the Westin was like, "Well I can't sell these..." As he was showing me them. The other four places either didn't have them or didn't want to sell them until closer.
I liev by the airport, but won't be there till the 30th.
Hope they won't be out of Tee's when I come on day of the Con on the 3rd (early I hope). I'd love to burn cash on that design are there any other colors besides yellowwwwww text and black fabric?
That is the only color combination of the shirt, currently.
...are there any other colors besides yellowwwwww text and black fabric?
But Yellow and Black are Soooooo Pittsburgh - and I believe that was the central idea.
black and yellow are the city flag and all the sports teams colors for Pittsburgh.what other color would it be?
That's the whole idea! We adopted the city's colors as our own. It's not just any yellow, either. It's Spanish Yellow! That's 20% cooler than any other kind of yellow.
Oh, I definitely wanna get one of these to go with my Furnando's shirt!
My Friend Big Paw will be donating the following to this years Charity Auction if anyone is interested in getting one of these shirts in a 3XL size...
BTW This shirt comes with a 48" tall Brown Bear Plush
I know the first thing I'm doing once I get off the plane in Pittsburgh! Claiming my luggage and making sure everything is there. Then buying a shirt!
From what I remember of the Pittsburgh airport, you may want to reverse that. You'll probably pass the stores selling the shirt long before you reach baggage claim which, IIRC, is at the other end of a People-Mover type train... and possibly on the other side of a river.
See http://www.pitairport.com/terminal_maps for more details. Basically it's a long hike from the plane to the Airmall section and then the people mover to baggage check...
Ah, I see. Thanks for the heads up! Although I do tend to wander a lot, if I can avoid it, I'm happier. Ooh, and a map! I love maps! (It's a old over from when I was in the Army, I guess.)
Ok the westin did sell me two xl shirts for 19.99 a piece
I'm plannign on purchasing 2 more as i have almost worn out last years
Woah, oops about the color thing silly me. I didn't really think about the city colors at the moment of posting. There I go again.
I know, I know...It's been asked before - Any chance to make the shirt available via mail order ?
We cannot make available for mail-order what we do not sell.
you could call the westin and ask if you could buy one over the phone and pay to have it mailed to you?
Just wondering what are the sizes that they come in?
Last year there were Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large, and Extra-Extra-Large. I presume the same mix this year.
The Westin and the Hampton have ordered 3XL shirts. The rest of the venues have not.
I believe that the T-shirt vendors who consistently deal at fannish conventions privately refer to the 2XL size as a "Fannish Regular"...
...perhaps the Westin and the Hampton have caught on?
Thats cool and thank you. I will have to see how big the 3XL looks. I am looking for a 4XL shirt.
Erf! Nobody has ordered shirts larger than 3X, I fear! Anthrocon stocks our annual shirt in sizes 4X and 5X, but the city vendors haven't caught on yet.
Thank you. I just have to keep my eye out for the annual shirts then.
Actually, I felt a little bad about that, so I called the Doubletree (who has just put in an order for additional shirts) and asked if they would stock some 4X's. They will have four of them on hand, starting Tuesday or Wednesday. I can't guarantee how long they'll stay in stock, but at least there's a fighting chance. If you want to head up there Wednesday, or perhaps call their gift shop in advance, you'll have the best shot at getting one in your size.