Genius Dad Tricks His Son Into Giving Him Massages With Personalised T-Shirt

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Funny, News
Published 07.05.19

A t-shirt that makes your kid give you a message. Ingenious.

The older I get, the more trouble I get from my back. What’s ridiculous is that I’m only 22 and I absolutely should not be complaining about my back. Nonetheless, I absolutely am because it hurts most of the time – no sitting or laying position is comfortable and by all accounts, it’s only going to get worse.

That’s something I could do without and something I will try my utmost to avoid. I just don’t want to be one of those people who make noises when they sit down.


Well apparently the way around this is to have kids and have them accidentally massage your back when they’re playing.


This was a discovery made by the wiCKEDly talented Ken Kawamoto, a software engineer for Google.

He designed a t-shirt that encourages his son to play with his toy trains on his back because as it turns out, it feels like a beautiful massage.

Kawamoto explained to Bored Panda:

I often do work on my laptop while lying down on the floor. One time, in an act of boredom, my child started playing with his toy train on my back, which surprisingly felt very refreshing since my back was really strained. I then came up with this idea to get him to run the train along the particularly massage-needy parts of my back.


The t-shirt has train tracks printed onto it, focusing on parts he labelled “Right Shoulder,” “Left Shoulder,” “Spine,” and “Lower Back.”

Kawamoto posted a video of the shirt in action to Twitter, where it subsequently got over 1.2 million views and 31,000 retweets…

People liked the idea so much that Ken took it upon himself to start selling the shirts for 2,500 YEN, which roughly translates to £17 (but is £20 if you try to buy it in England, for some reason).


You can get yours here, and trick your children into actually being useful…

Images via Twitter, Teespring