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    Question What font was using for "now i'm nothing" art/shirts/etc...

    This is the closest I can find, but no matter how much I play with kerning and size, it feels "off".

    https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linoty...old-condensed/

    I'd like to know i'm getting the right font before I buy it. If you can share any insights, it'd be much appreciated.

    For reference:

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    That apostrophe is going to be the key to unlocking this mystery.

    I'm not sure what the font is, but it's none of the usual suspects.


    Edit: Zurich looks damn close - just make sure you're using the correct apostrophe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    That apostrophe is going to be the key to unlocking this mystery.

    I'm not sure what the font is, but it's none of the usual suspects.


    Edit: Zurich looks damn close - just make sure you're using the correct apostrophe.
    I think you're there, perhaps a reverse bold ` beefs it up enough to match the standard font.

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    I mocked this up with Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold (had to manually flip the "n's"), option E for the accent instead of an apostrophe, and Arial bold for the slanted "t."



    On a side note, there's a "1991" version of this design sold at Lollapalooza. Not sure if this design was available before 1991, but it was featured in the 1993 newsletter to fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FULLMETAL View Post
    I mocked this up with Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold (had to manually flip the "n's"), option E for the accent instead of an apostrophe, and Arial bold for the slanted "t."
    Note on that lower-case t, in Helvetica it curls upward. However, in Zurich, it stays level.



    (Note: I made this with screenshots of the preview of the font, so the kerning isn't right)

    I started by taking the front of a 2002-era version. I think I used WhatTheFont to track it down, if not, it was something similar. One of them only gave me one result, the other one gave me a bunch, and Zurich was the closest.

    Semi-interestingly, there was an image of the graphic that was up on either Object or Weathermen that I posted on ninshirts with a slightly different layout. And I think I saw a bandanna with this on it at one point, too, but can't find that at the moment.

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    There's pretty good shots of the front & back of the "1991" variant here. And another 1991 variant here. The 't' is more consistent with Zurich than Arial/Helvetica.

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    One way to approach this is to consider what fonts were included by default with Macintoshes in 1991. They probably were using System 6.0.8 (maybe System 7, but it might have been too soon). I think Zurich was one of the included fonts, but I'm not certain.

    I think this emulator is running System 6 (in a browser) so you can play around with it and check out the fonts:

    https://jamesfriend.com.au/pce-js/system6/

    You could also maybe just ask the man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    Note on that lower-case t, in Helvetica it curls upward. However, in Zurich, it stays level.
    Besides the t the lower case i looks right too (note the space beneath the dot in the i). I think Zurich is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katara View Post
    So... the OP is a shirt bootlegger?
    OP's been around for a long long time under a different handle. I don't know what @Suedehead plans on doing with this information, but I know that I typically use NIN fonts to make things that look 'official' but are also clearly not official. Well, with the exception of the "goddamn this noise inside my head" shirts I did - that was my only foray into a straight up knockoff of an official design, and it was cool, haha - and more importantly, it was silk screened, not print-on-demand.

    Unfortunately, print-on-demand bootlegs of official shirts have run completely rampant on eBay. If the official store only does occasional runs of reprints, I honestly don't feel so bad about someone in the community spending time to do a higher quality product. Hell, sometimes I think about asking if I can get the official/unofficial "okay" to do some of that myself, but to do it right is so much work.

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