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Columbia Men's Bonehead Shirt for Artists & Other Gals Too

Updated on December 22, 2013

Columbia Sportswear is so familiar I believed it was a Seattle company but it's home is in our neighbor state, Oregon.

Newscasters from Seattle's KINGtv Channel 5 familiarized me with the brand, in their vibrant yellow rain and cold weather coats.

For me the shirts are A-No.1 when I'm searching for a dedicated art shirt, and the Bonehead is at the top of my favorites chart.

I'm a visual artist, usually working in two dimensional media and much as I love getting down and dirty with the materials, I do like to cover up my regular clothes.

One day, soon after my move to the wet side of the state of Washington, I took a hike around my neighborhood and looked up from my camera into a store window filled with outdoorswear. Then I noticed the Columbia logo stitched on the clothing and my interest was piqued.

I bought a Bonehead long sleeved shirt to wear over my T's and other things I didn't want to sacrifice to paint smears

My favorite old art school corduroy shirt had bit the dust, collapsing into a pile of rubble, having given in to the sink holes over some vital areas that needed covering. I was looking for something sturdy yet comfortable.

The women's shirts lacked the roominess found in those designed for working men. So it was an easy move to migrate to their shirts for getting real coverage and protection for my feminine wardrobe that I wanted to protect.

Yeah, the Bonehead is a fisherman's shirt

but it's also a woodworker's, a clay sculptor's, a painter's, and a sander's shirt. We artists are known for the tools we carry, and the Bonehead has nifty little pockets and loops that hold pencils, my handmade (by me) clayworking tools, a piece of silver wire and a compass with no complaints.

Wearing a long sleeved shirt over other clothes can get a little warm so the netted ventilation in back is really appreciated, especially when I get a bit steamed over some of my creative ideas.

Since the shirt is made for men (and I am tall) the sleeves are longer than similar shirts made for women, and that's a prerequisite in my shirt shopping ventures. The ordinary long sleeved men's shirts I inherited from family members were just right for art-making in a size large, but with the Columbia Bonehead a medium is perfect. Lots of room, lots of comfort, lots of utility.

Dare I say it - the Bonehead is a woman's shirt too!

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flies fit in one pocket - pebbles in another one
flies fit in one pocket - pebbles in another one
Columbia Men's Bonehead Short-Sleeve Work Shirt
Columbia Men's Bonehead Short-Sleeve Work Shirt

For those Wintry trips to the South Lands short sleeves may be just the thing - if you're not fighting to keep mosquitoes at bay, but still want to keep a bunch of fishing gear at hand.

Columbia Men's PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Breathable Fishing Shirt
Columbia Men's PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Breathable Fishing Shirt

The real bonus for this style is its quick drying feature, possible because it's made of nylon, making it a fisherman's dream. After the day's fishing and splashing is over it washes clean in a snap - even by hand in the shower.



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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @sousababy: When I first became serious about art making I wore big bold plaid flannel shirts but then graduated to these subtle solids.

    • sousababy profile image


      4 years ago

      I'm a bit of a bonehead myself - I wear a similar shirt from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Love the color selection here though (mine is a plain light beige color).


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