Not My Circus, Not My Monkey

Recently, Terry's sister Francesca told me of a phrase that helps her "let go" of other people's drama.

"Not my Circus, Not my Monkey" (originally, a Polish expression) disavows ownership of someone else's problem.

I liked the phrase so much that I decided to make up a tee-shirt with it. After some false starts, I came up with the following:

The graphics for front and back are organized into a single template that you can print on 8 1/2" by 11" transfer paper. The image looks like:
but must be printed in reverse to transfer correctly.

You can use the file "Not My Circus.reverse.png" as that reversed image.

BTW, I have released both the "Not My Circus.png" and "Not My Circus.reverse.png" images under the Creative Commons Share Alike (CC BY-SA 2.5 CA) licence.)

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Both graphics are in the public domain, and can be found on

The clown is "from a U.S. patent drawing", and can be found at

The monkey is from "The Art of Caricaturing by Mitchell Smith, 1941 Frederick J. Drake & Co. - stated as Public Domain by" and can be found at