“Salvador Dalek” Doctor Who t-shirt, anyone know where to buy it?

by Andy on June 1, 2012

I went down the rabbit hole a bit with this shirt, and still I have no good information.

I spotted this Salvador Dalek shirt first on this Tumblr, and know what Doctor Who fans you guys are I decided to try and find out where to buy it.
The image looked like it was taken at a market or on a stall of some kind (based on the metal frame the shirts are stuck too), which didn’t give me much of a clue, but did make me feel a bit like Sherlock. I then Googled Salvador Dalek and came up with many worse shirts, until I came across this eBay auction selling the design with the seller claiming to have bought it at a British beer festival, it being too big for him, so he’s selling it.

I then went back to the original Tumblr and realised that the image was linked to Imgur, the popular photo service that was built by a Redditor and is used by many Redditors. This then led me back to the original thread on Reddit which was started by the person who took the picture, stating that it was seen at the Cambridge Beer Festival (where more than 100,000 pints were drank last week). Another commenter mentioned that they’d bought it at the Brighton Beer Festival last year, so I assume that means the sellers travel around different festivals selling shirts, which hopefully means that they might have a web presence of some kind.

Alas, that is where the trail ends, I could gain any more info about the name of the company selling them, so I’m throwing the net a bit wider and involving you guys on the off chance that one of you has seen the shirt being sold somewhere or know the designer/company.

  • Frank

    wow, i want this shirt!

  • Diygrrl

    http://deathbymoshing.deviantart.com/art/Salvador-Dalek-263454438 — this guy on deviantart has a drawing of the design, perhaps the original. Could be a clue to ask.

  • http://hideyourarms.com/ Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    The plot thickens! Thanks for the lead.

  • Dhall

    I am sitting here wearing one of these T-shirts, which I bought from a stall at the Chapel Beer Festival several years ago. It is getting a bit faded from use now and I want to buy another one exactly like it but have had no luck with finding a web site selling it, either. I plan to visit the Chapel Beer Festival agian this September to see if the same T-shirt stall is there.

  • Dave

    They were sold by a guy called Malcolm, he ran beery bits and bobs, a breweriana shop that attended virtually every beer festival in the UK. His web presence did not sell the t-shirts, just beer matts and pump clips etc. unfortunately Malcolm died in 2012, and I have yet to hear what is happening to his stock, or business :-(

  • http://hideyourarms.com/ Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Hi Dave, thank you very much for letting us know, it’s a pity that the design seems to have gone along with Malcolm.

  • TheMadBrewer

    I bought one at the GBBF years ago for She Who Must Be Obeyed. Her’s is getting worn and stained and She’d like another. I guess I am out of luck. My guess is who ever made them didn’t have a license (or I guess it would be a licence :) ) from the BBC so that is why we haven’t seen it recently. I think I got mine around the time the show was revived. Now there is a huge amount of “official” Dr Who “stuff.”

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