T-Shirts for Sale!
By Damien McFerran - 06 Feb, 2006
Flicking through some old issues of MM and CVG, I've noticed that Julian Rignall seems to have an addiction to promoting cheap crap t-shirts. For example, check the first photo on the right - a Megatech offering (no doubt to help his old mate Glancey), free when you subscribed for a year. I love the way he's tucked it into his jeans. Very 1990.
If you need more proof, have a gander at the second photo. Jazza has even roped poor old Oz into appearing in this advert, however it has to be said that although the boy Rignall can barely contain his joy at promoting such a fine garment, the more fashion-conscious Oz seems somewhat embarrassed by the whole affair. And rightly so.
But even that wasn't enough. In the third piece of evidence, Jazza roped both Radion Automatic and Rich Leadbetter. This photo really shows off Rignall's awesome mullet. Rich looks a little like a simpleton in this shot, too.
In a fourth photograph, Jaz shows off his best 'Are you being served' stance and fellow EMAPer Frank O'Conner (of CVG) is pulling what can only be described as a 'spaz face' (I'm sure that will encourage sales, Frank). Oz is the only one who retains any dignity, turning his back to camera as if to walk off and out of this degrading nightmare.
To 'top' (haha!) it all off, Julian's final moment of shame has to be the Sonic t-shirt range. No doubt taking his experience from the previous MM adverts, Julian obviously realised that the more people he got to degrade themselves in front of camera the more t-shirts they'd sell. So on this one, we've got Rad (pulling a 'comedy' face, no less), Angus Swan (trying to look cool but failing - you're wearing a Sonic t-shirt, you complete plonker!), Paul Davies (the weight of his dodgy ponytail appears to be putting him off-balance) and some other fella who used to work on CVG but who's name escapes me. Is he a Dave? He looks pretty chuffed with his t-shirt, though.
So there you have it. Proof that Mr Rignall will do anything to sell a few cheap T-shirts. I suppose even high-flying magazine editors fall on hard times...