This Group Is Dedicated To Weirdly Specific T-Shirts From Facebook Ads, Here Are 68 Of The Best

Isn’t it cool when you see an online advert with exactly what you’re looking for? It feels like a product was made just for you, or least, marketed directly to you. It could be something that you’re after: maybe a new jacket or a pair of sneakers.

Once in a while, you might see an advert for a product that has been tailored very specifically to someone. Not necessarily you or a general crowd, just… someone.

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Here’s where r/TargetedShirts comes into the picture. Users have shared their screenshots and IRL encounters of t-shirts with oddly-specific slogans. Perhaps you’re born in April, like caramel frappucino’s and have an anger problem—well, there’s a t-shirt targeted at you for that. 

And the slogans on the t-shirts carry a similar theme throughout: they’re often crass, confrontational and in-your-face. The idea is encapsulated perfectly in the self referential parody t-shirt: “Weirdly specific shirt that mentions my birth month and is vaguely threatening for no reason”.

Here’s our favorite picks for the most bizarrely specific t-shirts that have been made in mind for, well, someone that wants them.

#1 Self Referential Parody

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When you see them, you’ll be baffled that someone had the bright idea to design and sell such a product. But apparently, there’s a lucrative market for these kind of targeted t-shirts. 

To understand how the market got started, I spoke to the aptly-named Facebook page Shirts Marketed To Extremely Specific Demographics (@ExtremelySpecificShirts). Their page has a following of 54K people who also love these cringe-worthy t-shirts. @ExtremelySpecificShirts gave Bored Panda their views on the topic and a quick run-down on how it happened.

“The weird specificity of these shirts is a product of how adverts on Facebook work,” told Bored Panda. They go on to explain that: “In Facebook, you can target your ads to people based on things such as the pages they ‘Like’, their hobbies, jobs, birth months, etc. You can also target ads towards any combination of these variables.”

#2 Ok….

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#3 Now This Is One I Would Buy…

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@ExtremelySpecificShirts believes that: “people found there was money to be made in creating bots to automatically generate designs based on these variables.”

So, auto-generated marketing is what really drove this business to grow, and even become profitable. Plus, the numbers on the subreddit and Facebook page show that there’s an interest for the t-shirts. Is there something that we’re missing here? Are we on the brink of a new market and fashion trend for these hyper-specific t-shirts?

#4 One Of My Bar Regulars Waited 84 Years For His 21st Birthday! Happy Birthday Fred!

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#5 Smallest Target On Here

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I asked @ExtremelySpecificShirts what they thought of the cult-following behind the targeted t-shirts. Do people really love these t-shirts so much? Or is it all just a running-joke on the internet?

”There’s a combination of both,” the curator of the page says. ”I think older people are more likely to genuinely like these shirts and don’t really see the humor in how specific they are.”

However, this is contrasted by the niche of users that find the t-shirts ridiculous, but in a good way. @ExtremelySpecificShirts says, “I’ve also seen some of my followers tag me in pictures of themselves wearing targeted shirts. In their case it’s definitely ironic.“

#6 Gotta Go Fast

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#7 Proud Owner Of This Bad Boy

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#8 I’m Not A Mycologist But This Is Probably One Of The Best Targeted Shirts I’ve Seen

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It looks like auto-generated marketing is here to stay. And we are seeing more and more content being produced with the aid of Artificial Intelligence. This is can be anything from artworks produced by machines or using deepfake technology to regenerate older actors to their prime (heads up: spoilers for ‘The Mandalorian’).

#9 Sometimes He Kicks Me, If You Don’t Like It Move

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#10 Recently Went Through A Rough Breakup, And My Dad Unironically Bought This For Me To Cheer Me Up. Made Me Laugh Pretty Hard, But I Genuinely Appreciate The Support. Love You Dad.

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#11 Um Ok

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I asked @ExtremelySpecificShirts what they think of today’s technology with regards to the technology out there. They think: “it’s funny, and maybe a bit dystopian, that we thought we’d have flying cars in the future but instead, we got extremely specific t-shirts.”

#12 Ran Into My Brother Randomly Out Shopping And He Was Wearing This Beauty. He Has Only One Cat

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#13 My Little Brother’s T-Shirt

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#14 Seen On Livepd. Hell Yeah.

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#15 My Mom Texted Me This Photo Today. Before You Ask – Yes, He Made This For Himself

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#16 Jimothy?

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#17 A Gift From My Boyfriend

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#18 I Am A Living Donor And Blindly Donated My Kidney To A Child. I Got To Meet Him Yesterday

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#19 Couldn’t Get Much More Targeted Without A Social Security Number On It

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#20 Saw On Facebook

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#21 Mystery

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#22 Friend Of Mine Had A Real Gem On His Instagram Story. “Any Vertebrate With Offspring” Killed Me

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#23 I Finally Own One Of These Nightmares

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#24 My Real Life Aunt And Her Real Life Shirt

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#25 Found One At Disney World

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#26 Actual Shirt Owned By Actual FB Friend

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#27 Where My Welder Mom’s At??

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#28 Cicada Sexfest

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#29 A Friend Got Me My Favorite Birthday Present

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#30 Fico Yeah!

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#31 My First Entry To This Sub

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#32 My Friend Gave Me This Shirt. I Can’t Tell Her I Would Never Dream Of Wearing It Outside Of The House

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#33 Makes Me Embarrassed To Be A Fellow Mechanic

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#34 My Dad’s Shirt

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#35 My Sister Turned 30 In June And I Saw My Chance And Took It. Even If She’ll Never Wear It I Have No Regrets

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#36 My Boss Bought This For His Girlfriend And She Was Flaunting It On Instagram

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#37 MIL Bought This For My Wife

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#38 My Sister Got My Dad A Present

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#39 Simple Yet Effective

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#40 Wife’s Late Xmas Gift Arrived For Me. Was Hoping For A Cable Or Pedal, But Got A Targeted Shirt

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#41 My Parents Got Me This For My Birthday

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#42 This Is The Best $0.49 I’ve Ever Spent

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#43 My Wife Obviously Hates Me… A Christmas Present

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#44 I Found This Gem At Goodwill, Not Rly Sure Who Sharon Is

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#45 I Am In Love!!

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#46 Got Both Shirts For Myself And My Daughter

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#47 First Time Seeing One Of These In Real Life!

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#48 Blue Cheese

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#49 Cringy Shirt Out In The Wild

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#50 I Have One Of The Shirts Posted Here The Other Day! It’s One Of My Favorites In My Wardrobe

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#51 My Order Got Mixed Up And I Got This Beauty

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#52 Found This At A Thrift Shop

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#53 I Caught My Friend Wearing This Today

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#54 My Prized Possession

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#55 Never Thought It Would Happen: Someone I Know Irl Actually Received And Is Wearing One!

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#56 Found This At Goodwill And Bought It Of Course

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#57 Shirt My Buddy Wore To A Get Together The Other Day. You’ll Never Guess Who Bought It For Him…

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#58 I Found One In The Wild!

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#59 Man, This One Really Takes You Places

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#60 My Boss Bought This For Himself

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#61 “Where’d You Get The Shirt, Mom?” “Facebook!”

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#62 Dewskis, Papa Roach, And Tony Hawk’s Underground 2

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#63 My Wife And I Love This Sub, So For Father’s Day She Made Me This Shirt

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#64 Posted By A Cousin On Facebook

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#65 My Entry That I Got On Amazon A Few Months Ago, Complete With A Typo

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#66 Facebook Delivered Today

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#67 Grumpy Old September Man

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#68 This Is It…

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