This Cry Baby shirt by The Moon Cult directly references the film of the same name, starring America's heartthrob, Johnny Depp.
Released in 1990, Cry Baby was a delightful mash-up of teen musical and romantic comedy (arguably a genre of its own). Along with Depp, the John Waters film featured an impressive cast that included Amy Locane, Iggy Pop, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen, Ricki Lake, and Traci Lords. Set in the 1950s, the film's plot centered around the taboo love story of a delinquent and a "square" who rock their small town in Baltimore, Maryland with their unlikely romance. The teardrop illustration on the tee is in reference to the title character, played by Depp.
First and foremost, the Cry Baby shirt satisfies a nostalgic consumer impulse; however, it could also potentially indicate the return of over-the-top campy flicks like Cry Baby.
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