tiny house movement: the t-shirt

When I think about it—and I often do—the fact that living in tiny houses has become a movement is kind of strange.  I mean, that used to just be the way it was, right?  Normal people didn’t live in huge McMansions.  Half of the time people were in homes that might be considered far too small for the number of people living in them. Nomadic peoples built shelters like the teepee.  Small houses were the norm.  Then we (in the western world at least and particularly in America) got all crazy and now couples live in huge, echoing structures that are so big they have to hire someone to help them clean.  Fuck that.

In Germany I don’t hear people talking about a “tiny house movement” so much.  Why?  Coincidence, perhaps, together with the fact that most of the houses here are really frickin old, also know as from “the time before McMansions became accessible to people below the upper upper class.”

But things got out of hand and now there’s a movement that’s bringing people back down to earth.  Well move this!  If you’ve been around for a while, you know that my partner, daughter, and I live in a tiny house on wheels in a community of folks living in houses on wheels (called Bauwägen).  There are 130 of these communities throughout Germany, and we celebrate the lifestyle.  It is a choice that has allowed us to live our lives on our terms, sans the kind of jobs that make us feel trapped and uncomfortable and miserable.  We celebrate it so much that when we made band t-shirts this summer, we decided to put a lovely drawing of a tiny house on them.  At the time all three band members lived in tiny houses and for as long as we’ve been making music we’ve been having practice in the same tiny caravans.  Not quite as small as this, but you get the idea. Tiny houses were in part responsible for us having found each other to make music in the first place.

So! If you love tiny houses, please consider buying our t-shirt! Even if you aren’t really into folk music (though if you are you can check us out here), buy ‘em for the beautiful tiny house on the front.  Or buy ‘em cause you love whiskey (the back reads: “no borders but whiskey,” which is a reference to one of our songs). We had a friend screen print a very limited number of shirts at his workshop in Berlin, in sand and charcoal, and once they are gone, they are gone forever. We’ve got S, M, L, and XL (no specifically “ladies” sizes, but I find the fit good, and you can always buy an XL and Frankenstein sew that shit).  And the Beard and I are currently living off of the money we make selling them, so you’d also be supporting some tiny housers and particularly Click Clack Gorilla in her further pursuit of tiny house online documentation.

how to order

Pick a size: S / M / L / XL

Pick a country (where we should ship the shirt) and note the price:

Germany 11.35 (euros)
Europe 13.45 (euros)
America 13.45 (euros) or 16 dollars

Click the link below to send us that amount via paypal. Include your shipping address in the notes, along with the size and color you would like. Wala!  If you would like to send money by some other means, just drop me an email, and we can work something out (nicolettekyle AT yahoo DOT com). UPDATE: The paypal donate button seems to have expired. So please just paypal the money to nicolettekyle AT googlemail DOT com. Sorry about that!



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Wednesday November 14th 2012, 2:47 pm 7 Comments
Filed under: conspiracies,music,The Battenkill Ramblers,tiny house livin',wagenplatz

7 Comments so far. Please leave a comment.

I want a shirt!

Also its the same deal with the local food “movement.” It exasperates me that there needs to be a local food movement when 100 years ago your food was all local by necessity. And now I get into arguments with people who tell me we’ll never be able to stop getting food from California (here on the East Coast) because it just makes more sense this way. Brain explosion.

Comment by fishinthewater 11.14.12 @ 2:58 pm

Only when I click the button it just takes me to my paypal account and not specifically to a place where I can send you money. Am I sending it to you personally?

Comment by fishinthewater 11.14.12 @ 3:00 pm

Those are amazing! I’m really, truly broke at the moment but I’m owed some money from the government that should be here in the next couple of weeks. So when it arrives I’ll definitely be ordering one.

Comment by Radical Ramblings 11.14.12 @ 7:10 pm

It’s true that tiny houses used to be the norm for the ordinary folks, not a movement(I’m afraid it might be a fad but for the direction the world is going). Still, if you can’t buy land, a movable (tiny) house is not a bad idea in my mind. Or a caravan or whatever. I remember years ago reading about a guy who used to go around in a tiny caravan and did Punch and Judy shows all around the countryside (somewhere in the UK) and it sounded like such a great way to live. Anyways, whichever shape or form, I love tiny houses and want a T-shirt!

Comment by Sara 11.14.12 @ 7:42 pm

Hurrah for all the tshirt interest!

Fishie: Will have to check on the paypal thing. Yes, the money is going directly to me. So it can be paypaled to my yahoo email address.

Comment by nikki / click clack gorilla 11.15.12 @ 10:21 am

I’d really like to buy one of your tshirts but im currently in australia. are you able to post one there? or should i try to figure a way friends in euro land can sort it out?

Comment by Icky 01.31.13 @ 10:36 am

Hi. Do you have any of these t-shirts left? Thanks

Comment by jason 09.01.13 @ 10:23 am




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