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Nerdware: In the future, there will be no war. There will only be t-shirts. (updated)

The Dept. — Rollerball #6: Long Live ROLLERBALL! Printed on the softest, smoothest, best-looking T-shirt available from American Apparel®. 100% quality cotton construction, screen printed with environment friendly inks. (Orange T-shirt w/Black ink)

The source of this somewhat obscure bit of nerdware/geekanelia is the dystopian science fiction film Rollerball (1975), starring James Caan, as a “rollerball” player – think roller derby – TO THE MAX (and to the death).

“In the future there will be no war. There will only be Rollerball.”

A sort of remake came out in 2002. Hopefully you missed it. I saw some of it being filmed, which was cool. But any recollection I might have of seeing the actual film has been repressed as too traumatic. I saw the first one when it came out and was young enough to soak it up with terrified glee, and to take it far too seriously. It has a terrific ending.

UPDATE

Those guys no longer seem to make a Rollerball t-shirt, but you can them here or here or here… or here:

Number 6 from the Houston Energy Rollerball team. The design was custom created in Illustrator based on stills from the 1975 movie starring James Caan and John Houseman.
via “Rollerball – Houston Energy – Jonathan E.” T-Shirt Design by Fitcharoo | RedBubble.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, film buff and occasional reviewer, and former private detective. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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