The Science of Good Times

Here at the Bad Hawaiian Shirt Company, we’ve spent countless hours studying the science of Good Times. Our extensive research has found that wearing your Bad Hawaiian Shirt while participating in one of the following activities does not guarantee Good Times:

  • Holiday dinner at your Mother-In-Law’s

    Not Good Times

  • Cleaning the litter box

    Not Good Times

  • Middle seat in coach

    Not Good Times

  • Spending time with a 3 year old that isn’t a direct offspring

    Not Good Times

  • Picking apples, blueberries or any other fall fruit (other than Bananas of course)

    Not Good Times

  • Scrapbooking
  • Vasectomy

    Not Good Times

  • A couple’s manicure / pedicure

    Not Good Times

  • Watching “The Real Housewives of (fill-in the blank)”

    Not Good Times

  • Pumping your septic tank

    Not Good Times

  • Bird Watching

    Not Good Times

Whatever you’re idea is of a good time, we’ll supply the shirt.  Please choose your good times wisely.


Tiki Jim


The Makings of a Great Hawaiian Shirt

To the uninitiated, most shirts are pretty much the same… Short sleeves, button-up front and a loud pattern. The only perceived difference is the color.

To the Hawaiian shirt connoisseurs, this is blasphemy. There are so many elements to a great shirt. A complex mix of precise components that all compliment each other in perfect balance.

1) Made in Hawaii… There shall be no further discussion of this. Shirts from Bangladesh, Kenya and China are frauds. These cheap impersonators, found at the big box stores, can be spotted across a crowded room. Please, trust me on this, DON’T be that guy (or gal).

"Made in Kenya ?!?!?!"

Made in Kenya...Don't be that guy

2) Front pocket… MUST perfectly match the shirt pattern. The elements of the design (flowers, columns, etc) must be continuous across the chest pocket. If you aren’t looking for the pocket, you aren’t going to see it.

"Pocket made from scraps"

Pocket made from scraps... Don't be this guy

3) Buttons… Some of you are thinking I must be crazy. Who cares about buttons? Most Hawaiian shirts made in Hawaii use coconut shell for buttons. I love knowing that I’m wearing them. The reason my favorite shirt is my favorite is simple… The buttons are coconut shell. It is a really cool, early 80s RJC, but if the buttons were plastic it wouldn’t be my favorite.

4) The pattern… The shirt wearer must decide what looks best on him or her. I’m partial to Hibiscus and Traditional Columns. I like flowers and column artwork to be white, while the shirt background is a strong base color (blue, red, green). My wife likes more subtle patterns. Her favorite is a light orange with fauna. I have a close friend whose wife always tells me, the louder the shirt the better. We call this Kuby’s rule.

5). Material … This is another element that the wearer must decide… Cotton, cotton blend, rayon and silk. Did I miss any? Does anyone know of a wool Hawaiian shirt? I sure hope not. I know guys that swear by cotton blends and others that will only wear silk. Being a warm weather shirt, it must be lightweight.

All the elements of a great shirt ... Be this guy!

Looking for a great Hawaiian shirt? Check us out at Bad Shirt Good Times

Okole maluna,

Tiki Jim