Three Wolf Moon
Three Wolf Moon is a T-shirt featuring three wolves howling at the moon. The numerous satirical reviews for this on Amazon.com have become an Internet phenomenon. The T-shirt was designed by artist Antonia Neshev.
The Three Wolf Moon T-shirt, created by The Mountain Corporation, gained popularity after attracting sarcastic reviews on Amazon.com attributing great power to it, such as making the wearer irresistible to women, striking fear into other males, and having magical healing abilities. These reviews were made mainly by members of the Bodybuilding.com Misc section. Brian Govern, a law student at Rutgers University, was searching for a school book on Amazon and was led to the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt by an Amazon recommendation which had been targeted at students purchasing college semester books. He decided to write a review of the shirt on a whim as he did not actually own the shirt. His faux-serious review as "Bee-Dot-Govern" in November 2008 concluded:
Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the 'guns'), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.
The shirt attracted further interest when it became viral on networking sites such as Digg and Facebook and was then lauded in conventional media as an Internet phenomenon. German scholar Melvin Haack considers it to be a notable example of a redneck joke. The reviews have been included in studies of such online sarcasm. Such sarcasm tends to confound analysis of customer reviews and so the texts have been analysed to determine which elements might identify sarcasm. One common example found in n-gram analysis was "alpha male".
The T-shirt is manufactured by The Mountain Corporation, a wholesale clothing company in Keene, New Hampshire, United States. Their art director, Michael McGloin, said that they were making many more shirts in response to the great demand which had made it the top-selling item in Amazon's clothing store. Due to the success of the shirt, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development made it their "official New Hampshire T-shirt of economic development" and awarded it as a prize for innovation.
Parodies and attributions
Capcom prepared a limited run through iam8bit of a "Three Wolf God Sun" shirt for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, featuring images of the wolf gods Shiranui, Amaterasu and Chibiterasu from their video games Ōkami and Ōkamiden.
Minecraft has parodied the design in its own T-shirt merchandise, replacing the wolves with Creepers, an iconic enemy featured in the game.
Joel Watson, author of the webcomic Hijinks Ensue, created a "Three Wheaton Moon" shirt featuring Wil Wheaton.
In Episode 1 of Season 9 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mac is wearing the Three Wolf Moon shirt.
In Skullgirls, Beowulf's level 3 super is based on the Three Wolf Moon shirt, the Three Wulf Moonsault. The first three hits cause wolf sihoullettes to appear and ends with Beowulf delivering a body slam while briefly shown in front of a full moon.
In Guild Wars 2, if three rangers use the Call of the Wild skill simultaneously, a 'Lunar Wolf' is summoned. The animation of each skill depicts a wolf howling at the moon similar to one shown in the T-shirt.
In Episode 4 of Season 1 of Mr. Robot, Mobley is wearing the Three Wolf Moon shirt.
In the video game NEO Scavenger the player can find a "Three Dog Moon" shirt which will make Dogmen less likely to attack them.
In the video game The Wolf Among Us, if you get all of the trophies in the game on PlayStation consoles, the platinum image has a version of the image with Bigby Wolf as the wolves.
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