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22 Sep

Announcement: New Grok On! Shirts Available

They’re long overdue, and finally here. The myriad of email requests worked. I present to you, women Grok On! shirts:

Lady Grok V Neck Lady Grok V Neck Lady Grok Tank Tops Lady Grok Tank Tops Lady Grok Tank Tops

The white on purple V-Neck is a 100% fine jersey cotton. The black on light-turquoise Tank Top is a form-fitting tri-blend racerback (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon). One of my crew members wore the tank to the gym yesterday and gave it her workout-worthy stamp of approval. Both are high-quality, American Apparel-brand shirts, and available at for $19.95 a piece.


For the next 24 hours you can get both Grok on! shirts, the purple V-neck and the light-turquoise tank, for only $29.92 (that’s 50% off the second shirt) by calling 888-774-6259 (or 310-317-4414). (Offer not available online and discount not available for the unisex black/red shirt or white/black shirt.)

And ladies, if you want to show off your Grokness, the new shirts work just like the old shirts. Email me a photo of you wearing a Grok on! shirt, and I’ll toss it up on the community “Grok in the Wild” photostream.

Let me know what you think!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I really love the colors and design of each! I will have to decide which to order; and with that special deal it may have to be both :)

    Grok On and love the shirts!

    Mia wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  2. I was really hoping for a girly/curvy version of the existing red/black shirt. I like the giant leaping Grok graphic–and I’m not a huge fan of butt-text. ;^)

    Maybe one day my print(s) will come…? (oooh–couldn’t resist!)

    Louise wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Not in the near future, but I wouldn’t rule it out completely. It’s worth noting that the red/black shirts are unisex.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 22nd, 2010
      • But unisex is a lie. I mean, sure, us girls CAN wear it,…but we just don’t look as curvy and cute as we do in the female-specific designs. :)

        Aurelia wrote on September 22nd, 2010
        • i sadly have to agree, with design as well as fabric. 100% cotton or hemp would tempt me, but never polyester. :-(

          tess wrote on September 22nd, 2010
        • yep. Good luck being a Women’s small and finding a “unisex” shirt that fits properly.

          Claire wrote on September 22nd, 2010
        • Right. “Unisex” on a small woman looks and feels boxy.

          BarbeyGirl wrote on September 23rd, 2010
    • Louise! I agree!!

      gilliebean wrote on September 22nd, 2010
      • Agree as well! Right there on the picture you can see they don’t fit as well as they could…

        Andrea / True Nourishment wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  3. Just ordered the Tank top — love the color and style, can’t wait to Grok out in it!!

    Maria wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  4. I am SO excited about these shirts! First of all, thanks for the truly feminine styles/cuts and the humorous text on the booty 😉 Also, I’m SO pleased the shirts are made by American Apparel! Your consciousness for humanity and the earth shows no bounds. Grok on, Mark and worker bees!

    Julia B wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  5. Hmmm… I really do appreciate the thought but since most people won’t get the Primal Blueprint reference, the butt “Grok On” seems almost like “Hop On”, or something else disturbingly suggestive… not sure I’m loving that. Or maybe I’m just too old and don’t live in S. California. I am proudly sporting my black and red Grok On shirt, however, as I type!

    Shelley wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Shelley, I agree with you and I live in SoCal. The Grok On on the butt is a little too Juicy-Couture for me. That said, I like the tank. And I do like my “Get Primal” t-shirt too. :)

      gilliebean wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Yeah, I’m not a big fan of the Grok On on the butt. I would’ve preferred it on the back like on the men’s shirts. I will probably just order one of the unisex shirts if I order one.

      Christina wrote on September 22nd, 2010
      • Just like “Rape me” 😀

        C2H5OH wrote on September 23rd, 2010
      • Agreed! Not a fan of the butt-advertisement. Kinda like the teenagers with the print on the back of their shorts…or the Victoria Secret PINK sweatpants. That seems like an oxymoron.

        Toni wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  6. Love the purple Vneck!! Super cute & feminine!! :)

    PrimalBabe wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  7. Any advise on sizing?

    Vicki wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Vicki,

      Not sure about the tank top, but if the purple shirt is printed on a regular American Apparel v-neck tee, I can say get a medium at least. I’m pretty small (35″ bust, 24×34″ pants, about a size 4 dress shirt), and the ladies’ sizing AA t-shirts are too small for me. I usually like to wear the mens’ smalls, so the other Grok shirts might be an option as well.

      Erin wrote on September 22nd, 2010
      • Thanks – I’m about the same size, so I appreciate the example!

        Vicki wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  8. Sorry … those are ugly tees! Dislike the design arrangements, colors, and shapes. Just so I’m not blowing smoke but being friendly and productive: I’ll take up the gauntlet and design a couple you can either love or hate. How’s that? I’ll send them soon.

    Big Guy wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  9. Hi Mark,

    That’s all very well, but how do us International Grokettes get our mitts on ’em…? There’s NO WAY I can afford to call the US from the UK (you will, of course, know that it won’t be toll-free outside the mainland United States).

    I’m not sure about the arse-text, either…

    Purple is, however, my very favourite colour (closely followed by turquoise/aqua, but that looks a bit dull to me).

    I did have an idea for a shirt but, now I think about it, it is rather lame…

    Oh and where’s the size chart? I’m a UK size 4-6 (US 0-2, depending on where I buy my shirts) that’s a 28-30″ chest. A VERY flabby size 2, though! Not very good at the PBF, yet!

    And, hey, Big GUY what do YOU know about ladies’ clothing – butt out!

    Sarah wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  10. Awesome! You have to get some PB sweatshirts/hoodies now that fall/winter is upon us. :)

    Christina wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • LOVE this idea! I’d totally sport a Grok(kette?) hoodie!

      Will be getting the tank soon!! I will love working out in it!! Woo hoo!!!

      FairyRae wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Agreed! Hoodies would be awesome!

      gilliebean wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  11. First, I like the looks of shirts for women. If you all don’t like the writing then just tuck it in, or cut it off and wear it short!

    Teri wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  12. I’d love to get a men’s Grok Tank-top.
    Hope that’s in the future!!

    Clint White wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  13. Sorry…the butt text killed an otherwise very cute shirt for me. Tacky, and even if it weren’t, not all of us PB ladies are superfit Mrs. Grok hotties (yet, anyway) who can get away with having attention drawn there.

    Not usually a negative Nelly, but wanted to second what others were saying so that subsequent ladies’ designs might not feature butt text.

    Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 22nd, 2010
    • Yeah, I was thrilled to see a v-neck shirt but… butt text? Uh no.

      Oh well. I’ll probably get a red and black one and sew it to have more waist curve.

      Jenny wrote on September 23rd, 2010
      • +1

        Alyssa wrote on July 19th, 2012
  14. Yeah, butt text is out for those of us, fit or not yet fit, who have some dignity and sense of morality. Single or married, women should not be advertising anything on their butts. Degrading. Too bad because purple is my favorite color and I would have ordered one otherwise. I might be going primal but I’m not losing my religion!

    Elizabeth Hull wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  15. The shirts are fabulous!! Great job.

    TaraLeigh wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  16. I am presuming that the light colored garment underneath the green tank is the model’s own undershirt that she is wearing due to modesty or whatever. I suggest that you reshoot this product to show *only* the shirt on offer. It’s confusing. Thank you!

    Wilma Flintstone wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  17. <– vote for tank tops for men!

    balabushka wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  18. Another non-fan of the butt text.

    dragonmamma wrote on September 23rd, 2010
    • Not to belabor the point, I’m thinking that many women would like to get girl-shaped versions of the “unisex” t-shirt with the full-scale image of powerful, joyful, leaping Grok. That way the basic look is the same, just female-shaped: different but equal. Threadless does this with all their t-shirts (male and female versions of all images). I love this site to pieces–it’s unusual that I *want* to wear labelled/marketing material. It’s just that to me, these tees feel a little like a pink Swiss Army knife or gun or something. I really hope the black/red tees are offered soon. I’d buy ’em!

      Louise wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  19. I was so excited about the women’s shirts, but I’m also a little disappointed. I was all ready for a black T, like the men’s, but in a ladies cut. I’m not sure what I’ll do.

    Primal Hound wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  20. Not really impressed by these offerings,
    Meh on the butt logo.

    Adam Crafter wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  21. I like the butt text! :)

    I’m not a huge fan of the girly colors (particularly purple – ick – but that’s just a matter of opinion).

    Is the tank top fitted enough to wear without the huge sports bra (or whatever) underneath?

    BarbeyGirl wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  22. i love it! i’m thinking of getting the purple-hey i’ll take butt text over boob text anyday. the girls are small but i don’t need to draw someone to read my chest either ;p

    misathemeb wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  23. Love the tank!

    You can find a size chart on American Apparel’s wholesale site.

    Julie wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  24. Man…people can be so harsh! I understand others’ opinions…butMark and worker bees–thank you again for laboring to create fashionable options for grokettes. We asked for more figure flattering options, and I think you all went above and beyond. Even if the styles don’t suit everyone (and, how could you please everyone?) I appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness that went into this endeavor!

    Julia wrote on September 23rd, 2010
    • Maybe women just want nice, but plain t-shirts that FIT THEM!

      No butt text or purple required…

      Claire wrote on September 23rd, 2010
  25. Love the purple. Dont love the text on the back, definitely too a la “Juicy” for me. Red/Black like the guys in a femme version would be cool too.

    lisser wrote on September 24th, 2010
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  27. Insert politician head: “I am the creater of and I approve this message!”

    From one t-shirt designer to another, Nice design :)

    Grok Wear wrote on November 22nd, 2010
  28. So . . . why do I see just xs and s in the womens’ shirts? Some of us (especially us newbies) wear XL. I would love top wear the new T if you made one that fit me.

    Janice Davison wrote on February 15th, 2012
  29. I have had the purple one with me (planning on submitting photos to MDA) on the Appalachian trail (where it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway), but it was SO cold I couldn’t bear to take my coat off. Also, planned on my own “paddleboard” photo in Puerto Rico (it started raining)….wonder how many adventures I’ll have with my GROK ON shirt ‘near by’?

    deb b wrote on February 15th, 2012
  30. Are the T-Shirts no longer available? I can’t find them in the store anywhere.

    Matt wrote on June 3rd, 2015

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