No one requested this one, but I watched bits and pieces of Mark’s livestream the other day when they were selling this shirt (which I did not buy because I’m broke :/) and I thought it would be really fucking funny if Anti bought one. I would’ve liked to have an edit of it actually on his body but sadly I have no skills with Photoshop (but if one of you wants to do it for me I’ll do an updated version of this one :D).
the fact that dan (and probably phil too) see manchester as "the city of our origin story" makes me week in the knees. but its also strange, as they only lived there for about a year? why was it so significant then?
am I the only one who thinks it’s weird for dan and phil to make a manchester shirt? I know dan said it was his home but they haven’t lived there in over five years. dan was only there for two years in his whole life. it just seems odd to me.
and i want to make a giant caveat that everyone’s primary focus here should be about the city of manchester and the amazing cause that the shirt was created for, rather than dnp’s romantic or life history. but i thought these were both fair questions to ask and ones that i’ve been mulling over as well ever since dan so emphatically referred to the city as his home right after the attack happened, so i thought i’d answer them while also vehemently encouraging everyone to go out and buy the shirt, as well as keep the city and its resiliency after this senseless attack foremost in your minds. but please feel free to send me a message if you feel like talking about this partially in conjunction with this shirt is in any way disrespectful, and i’ll be happy to take this post down! manchester continues to be in my thoughts and i ache in solidarity with anyone affected by the tragedy that happened there.)
i think the simple and straightforward answer to both of your questions is that manchester represented promise and hope for them and, to use dan’s own words here, it was their origin. they only shared a home there for a year but two whole years before that, dan was saving up to visit this city and meet phil for the first time. it probably felt like escape for him, and the first place he was able to navigate such a special connection with someone, away from any pressures or judgment from anyone else in his hometown. and then he spent nearly a year visiting the city every couple of weekends to see phil and it became the place he looked forward to so, so much because it contained the person he cared most about in the world. you can hear that in his tone when he talks about phil finally moving out of his parents’ house and getting his own place in manchester–he says it in a list of interesting things that are happening in his life, and is all flustered when talking about having a new place to go visit and stay and dump all his shit in (3:01 of this video). and then he applied there for uni, naturally, and got in, and even though they didn’t live together that first year bc dan felt it was important to try to have some independence or a more traditional ‘fresher experience,’ he still ended up spending so many nights at phil’s place or staying there till the late hours of the night–it was still a city they were essentially living in together. so only after all of this history had already happened, they decided to move in together. and even though it was only a year it was still their first ever home together, and there were so many little elements that made it special and that they still reminisce about like the breakfast bar and the balcony and the broken sink and phil getting the room with the en-suite bathroom bc he had more subscribers and the white board with their tasks for the week hung on the kitchen wall and, beyond that, it was the place where so many pivotal things happened for them like starting the super amazing project together, getting noticed by the bbc and then doing their best to get a full time offer from them, dan deciding to quit school and both of them getting through all of the hardship of the buildup to that and the decision itself together,,, my only point here is that so much happened for them in manchester and i think it makes perfect sense for them to think about that city as their home and the start of their lives together, and i think all of that makes it even more evident why they were driven to creating this shirt as a way of doing something tangible to support the city that means so much to them.
(Got this rad shirt from Kayrock Screenprinting, who donate 100% of their net sales from political posters, shirts, patches, and tote bags to the charity of your choice! Mine was Planned Parenthood. Where will yours go?)
A little while ago, I was on a mission to show a friend of mine the best doggo in the world, Chica. I began to type ‘mark fischbach chica’ and as Google tried to read my mind, as it always does, I froze and tears welled in my eyes.
‘mark fischbach changing the world’ now at this moment I was mid sentence on Skype so my friend started to panic slightly because of my sudden pause. When I finally found my voice again I explained what had caught me off guard. To which my friend replied, “Why did that hit you so hard? The guy does charity work right?”
Years of watching Mark, all the skits, all the let’s plays, all the goofy stuff that falls in the mix as well, even if I didn’t necessarily like the video or find it particularly funny I always watched from beginning to end to show my support for his channel. Not because I was staring at his face [though he his a looker], not because of being his biggest fan [though I’m probably up there], not even just to have background noise [I like to actually watch the videos]. I would watch them in their entirety because maybe the money made from that time watching that particular video would enable him to do his next big event that would save people’s live by giving them the hope they had lost, fund another charity so its research could go on and maybe even find a cure, all of that and more.
Today I watched his PAX East panel, not in person sadly but live on twitch. At the end when it appeared he was going to break down and cry [all while I’m pointing and screaming at my TV for him not to cry over and over again because though I know he’s crying because his heart is full of joy and pride, it makes me tear up too, dang you Mark] His ending remarks both filled me with happiness and sadness.
Mind you now in the Skype call, showing pictures of Chica has fallen to the back burner [sorry Chica-bica] and I had began rambling about all the different charities Mark has helped raise awareness and money for, how his channel has become this massive community full of love and kindness and were only able to what it is today because no matter what video you click on of Marks, be it his oldest videos or one he posted a few hours ago, behind those dick jokes, infectious laugh, screams, two-finger defense strategies, and everything else; he’s still just a man who wants to change the world.
My exact words before the Skype call was ended with my friend saying I’m gonna go check out this guys videos [got you a new subscriber Mark! Woo!] were, “I froze when I saw that come up on the auto-complete search results because it’s amazing. I froze and damn near started crying my ****in eyes out because this man who one a daily basis calls himself a goof and acts exactly like a goof, is changing the world. Whether it’s meeting a sick child who is a fan of his videos, doing a live stream, going out and meeting his fans and doing skits that include them, answering questions at conventions, or just making people like me be able to smile from the comfort of my home and give me the strength to fight impulses that would be damaging. He preaches over and over again that to him we’re the heroes, hell he put it on the sleeves on his charity shirts, he’s too humble to admit that he is the hero or that he’s made his friends: Bob, Wade, Jack, Ethan, Tyler, etc. heroes as well for pushing for the goals with him and all coming up together with new and amazing ways to both entertain and improve the day to day life of everyone who will watch and listen.”
I sat here for a few minutes minutes, got my screen cap cut down to size, made sure it wasn’t too illegible. As I began to type my post, my Skype rang, it was my same fiend from before. I imagine the time lapse between end of call to now beginning of new call was maybe a total of two hours give or take.
I answer and all I hear are tears. I am instantly in [who do I need to kill] mode. After they calm down they explain they just searched for emotional play through’s. My mind immediately goes to ‘Presentable Liberty’, ‘That Dragon Cancer’, ‘Anxiety Attack’, among many others I could think of that could be labeled emotional.
After an awkward silence they asked, “What possessed this man, who has known such great tragedy and loss in his life to do everything he does for others.” I smiled, we were on video chat so they saw and then looked at me with confusion. “The answer to that one is easy, I think he’d agree. He’s seen difficulty, just like all of us, and THAT is why he continues to do it. He strives to make the burdens of this world less heavy on our shoulders, he raises money so that the sick can be mended and go home and play with their friends, he makes personal vlogs looking into each and every one of his fan’s eyes, tears brimming with whatever emotion he’s conveying so we all know he is there for us, he is proud of us, and he will never stop working to change the world.”
My friend nodded at me then told me they were gonna go rest on it, maybe watch a few more videos before laying down. I just made a terrible joke about FNAF [I will spare you the joke, trust me, it was bad] then the Skype call ended once more.
Now I’m left here with these thoughts in my head. Earlier I mentioned the PAX East stream, one of the things Mark said before leaving the stage was, “When we’re gone, you’re next.” Now this turned into jokes being made and all that because that’s what Mark and his friends do, they cut up and have a good time. It was the way he said it that stuck with me. Like he’s prepping all of us to take this bright, burning torch when he decides to step away from youtube as a career and that brings him almost to a blubbering mess because of all we’ve shown him we can do so far, I think he believes that whenever that time is. Whether it be a year from now, two years from now, or more; he knows that the community that he never dreamed he would have and be part of will continue to do what we do best, because we learned it from the one and only Markiplier.
I 100% agree with you about Manchester, I think this is shown directly in the fact that the Manchester eye is on that shirt. The wheel was taken down years ago, but it was an important and ever present fixture in THEIR Manchester (and for other other reasons I'm not going to delve in to, but I have feelings about it). I think it's wonderful that they're doing that for the city and the victims of the attack. It really was an important part of their lives and I'm glad they have each other.
<333 very true! i wanted to talk about the wheel being on the shirt too but wasn’t sure if it would be a little inappropriate for that post. you summarized it very beautifully though, and i love the idea of it being part of “their” manchester.