Some people believe you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I believe you can tell more about a person by the t-shirts they have worn. This is the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I have worn.

Pictured above is an addition to my t-shirt collection, which includes not just t-shirts but also hats, socks, underwear and an odd assortment of novelty thongs (which I will never wear). This hooded Batman sweatshirt was a birthday present that I bought for myself back in 2009 (for my 41st birthday).

My obsession with Batman goes back as far as I can remember, and this cool sweatshirt is part of a lifelong tradition. As you can see in the picture above, the hood of this sweatshirt actually has a mask. I know that as a grown man I’m not supposed to get excited by these things, nor should I wear something like this in public, but this is David F. Walker we’re talking about, so I do wear this thing out in public. I do, however, remove the cape, which has snap-on buttons. The cape simply makes me look really immature and stupid.

As evidence of my life-long obsession, here are two really old pictures of me. On the left, I’m about 3 years old. My mom took me to have portraits done at a local department store, and I insisted on wearing the Batman Halloween costume. Somewhere, there’s actually a portrait of me wearing a mask as well. On the right, is the oldest piece of my Batman collection, which I got as a birthday present, and still have to this day. My fifth birthday—one of the greatest birthdays of my life—was a Batman themed birthday. My mom got me a Batman cake from Basin Robbins, a cool Batman transistor radio, and this Batman towel you see pictured above (also, notice the Batman paining I did in the background).

Somewhere, buried deep in a closet full of things I never look at anymore, I still have this towel. There was another Batman towel—not as cool as this one—that joined the collection several years later, but it has long since vanished, along with that transistor radio, the painting and the throw rug (although the throw rug might be a figment of my imagination). There has been so much stuff in the Batman Collection over the years that it starts to boggle the mind, though much of it – like the handkerchief, the wallet, and the watch—have sadly been lost over the years.