WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS SIGNED BULLET HOLE T-SHIRT: "WILL HE HAVE 3-D IN TIME?" (EXOTICA PRESS, LIMITED EDITION)
Limited edition T-Shirt both shot and signed by William S. Burroughs.
It’s not every day that you get a chance to own a t-shirt that has been shot (not to mention signed!) by the late great William S. Burroughs!
This shirt is one of three designs from Lawrence, Kansas design and marketing house, Exotica. The image is of the author, done in a 90s psychedelic style. Burroughs also provided the mysterious quote “Will he have 3-D in time?” that features on the shirt.
The bullet holes on this particular shirt (shot by Burroughs) are small, adding a slight distressing effect. And Burroughs has signed it just below the graphic.
From a 1997 article in Wired Magazine, titled Shootin’ the Shirt with William (https://www.wired.com/1997/03/shootin-the-shirt-with-william/):
“Lawrence, Kansas-based design and marketing house Exotica recently struck a deal with friend and neighbor William S. Burroughs, everyone's favorite postmodern junkie. Burroughs not only offers his visage and a quote for three T-shirt styles, he personally takes the shirts to the range, puts bullets through 'em, then autographs the smoldering cotton with a felt-tip pen.”
Depending on the day, Burroughs would vary the way he signed the shirts (according to the person we acquired the shirt from, as well as another article http://www.lawrence.com/news/2007/jul/30/inner_circle/ )
We have been told by the original owner of the shirt (who received it directly from Exotica gallery) that in this case, the shirt was shot with a shotgun. Exotica also stated that Burroughs then dipped a .38 slug in laundry ink and signed the shirt.
Suitable for framing. Made by Exotica and William S. Burroughs
Distressed. Shirt itself is in Excellent Condition. Shirt has six small bullet holes.
Shoulder to Shoulder: 22 1/2 inches
Chest: 48 inches
Length: 32 inches