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PLNDR Drops Some African Inspired Hats

by Amy_F on June 22, 2012


I don’t get this, I don’t want to get this.  All I can say is The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air was probably rockin’ one of these back in the day.  I’m not a member on PLNDR and I have no idea what brand produced these hats.  I stumbled across this photo on PLNDR’s Facebook Page which I do follow & was in complete shock, as I have been in a lot of lately because I just don’t get some of these styles brand’s are producing.  Being a stylist I can say THIS African-inspired type of hat is NOT in style nor is it returning anytime soon.  I honestly don’t think it ever was in style except for in the ’80’s.  But you tell me, would you wear this?

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Jugrnaut and Chip Tha Ripper Collaboration T-Shirt

Collaboration T-Shirt Back

I happened to stumble across this shirt last week while browsing online.  Jugrnaut is a streetwear clothing brand and retail store out of Chicago, IL.  While clicking to check out their t-shirts, this gem popped out at me and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Ignoring the fact that I couldn’t figure out the black male cartoon character at first, UNTIL I googled Chip Tha Ripper . He is a music artist who has performed with such performers as Kid Cudi.  Apparently a lot of his albums contain cartoon work of him and thus Jugrnaut collaborated with him (and allegedly has several times before) to bring you this t-shirt.

Why was I laughing? Well come on, if you were born in the 80’s then you definitely grew up watching The Jetson’s, Flintstones, Simpsons, etc, etc.  I don’t know why it tickled me so much but seeing all these female cartoon characters together from my childhood on a t-shirt and after figuring out who Chip was; this design got 100 times funnier.  Especially the fact that I don’t think Jane Jetson would fall for a gansta rapper smoking a doobie.  I mean I can’t even imagine Chip Tha Ripper flying around Orbit City and sneaking into the SkyPad Apartments past Rosey.  Personally I think he’s more Judy’s type.

Cost = $34.00    Buy it at Jugrnaut

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Two new silhouette shirts from Chop Shop

by Andy on October 19, 2011

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Chop Shop just keep finding new things to turn into silhouettes, don’t they?

This time around they’re giving us the hairstyles of 101 iconic women from past and present, and 31 rockers whose careers peaked in the 80s and you probably last saw on a reality show or VH1.

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8-bit adventure gaming meets Curling?

by Andy on October 27, 2010

8-bit curling t-shirt

On the face of it, the concept of a t-shirt about curling (the winter sport involving stones and brushes that apparently Scottish women are good at) done in the style of an 8-bit cartridge game package from the 80s doesn’t sound like it would catch my fancy, and when the designer sent me an e-mail about it was wasn’t that intrigued to be honest, but I clicked through anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised by what confronted me. Something isn’t sitting quite right with me about the font used for ‘curling adventure’ but I don’t really know what it is or how I would make it better, so it’s a bit of an open-ended gripe.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Goodjoe (pre-order, shipped Nov. 5th)

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The Chop Shop 80s Pop Culture Reference T-shirt

by Andy on September 17, 2010

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I’m pretty sure that in my last Chop Shop post I said I was getting a bit bored of their silhouette tees since they were flogging a dead horse. Well, perhaps not a dead horse, but one that was slowing down somewhat. This latest tee appears to have revied the style, adding in a new style, new shapes, and more colours. I like it.

Costiness=$17 Buy it at Chop Shop

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tron movie t-shirt by nerd shirts

Costiness=£12 Buy it from Nerd Shirts

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Delorean Time Machine Schematic by 80sTees

by Andy on January 19, 2010


I know that this t-shirt comes from 80sTees and therefore isn’t ‘cool’, because really, who hasn’t heard of 80sTees? However, as a child of the 80s, I am always willing to overlook a few things if it allows me to get nostalgic about the movies I loved when I was young and not quite as bitter, and to be fair to this design, there isn’t really much more they could do with the concept, at least the blue of the shirt is being used as the ‘paper’ for the blueprints to be drawn onto.

Costiness=$20 Available from 80sTees [via Coty]

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80s Checker by Loyal Army

by Andy on September 20, 2009

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I remember being really excited to find the Loyal Army store on Haight St when I was in San Francisco earlier in the year. I also remember being a little disappointed that they didn’t have more designs for guys, but their style is probably a little feminine for most dudes anyway, so it’s understandable.

Costiness=$26 Available (in size L & XL only) at Loyal Army

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Stereo Panda’s Horror Series

by Andy on March 31, 2009

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Like horror? Like the 80s? Like horror movies from the 80s? Then you might like this series of t-shirts from Stereo Panda.

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You know what I’m looking forward to when I finally, finally, get to America, which will hopefully be next week (fingers crossed!), is to eat a hoagie and lots of other stuff that I know would result in me clogging my arteries if I lived there for more than 6 months. It’s funny that on this tee it says that there is “no charge for extra grease” because just last night whilst I was chowing down on some post-drinking onion rings that it was important to “embrace the grease” because of its near magical ability to give stuff that shouldn’t taste good, taste good. So, on that basis I figure that me and America are going to get on swell, presuming I can go to a diner from an 80s teen movie.

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The tee is a direct copy of Booger’s shirt from Revenge of the Nerds, so for me to critique the design would be pretty darned harsh, seeing as it is out of Found Item‘s hands to a certain extent, although I guess that they do pick and choose designs based on whether they like them.

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The print looks just right; it is ever so slightly thicker than you’d imagine on a normal shirt, which gives it the feel of a tee that you would expect to get from a diner or bar, but at the same time it also has a slightly vintage look to it. The stock tee is made by American Apparel, but unlike normal, it is from their athletic range, which means it is a tad stretchier, and with a bit more of an athletic cut. Found Item have altered the shape of the tee (which has three-quarter-length-sleeves, they go to just past the elbow on me) at the lower hem to give it a rounded shape, which I assume is 100% accurate, but for me it made the cut look a bit less flattering, although that was probably more of a belly issue than an issue with the tee.

Costiness=$21.95 Buy the tee at Found Item Clothing

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In case you can’t read the text, it says “Teenage Mutant Ninja: 80s Reference”. This tee pretty much sums up how I feel about tees that ape on cultural icons from my childhood. On the one hand, they’re usually a lot of fun, but on the other, they just seem a bit lazy, it sometimes feels as if a tee with a random 80s reference will be popular no matter how badly it is designed, so I’m glad to see the Diesel Sweeties crew making light of the trend.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Diesel Sweeties [Photo credit: “Celebrating” Sarcasm Day by tiexano]

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Lets form Voltron! by Local Celebrity [Review]

by Andy on September 29, 2008


What? Did I just manage to go a whole week without writing about a tee from Local Celebrity? I guess you could say the same thing about going a whole week without seeing a tee that was about Voltron!


Anyway, here we are with yet another Voltron tee that gets a lot more love from my friends than the usual arty stuff that I usually cover my unnecessarily-hairy torso with (you got a mental image of that? awesome!). As with the other Voltron tees I’ve reviewed from Local Celebrity, this one is fully licensed and features artwork that accompanied the show when it was first broadcast on television, which I think it almost a necessity in a culture that’s as otaku as anime people and tee people can be.


So, you’re looking at this tee and thinking, “hey, they’re printed it in a burnout-esque kind of style” or perhaps “I wonder how they got that vintage look?” Well, this tee is actually printed completely normally… except the print is on the inside. Unusual right? So, if you turn it inside out it looks like a regular t-shirt with the writing backwards, but I think that it gives it a good look, not necessarily a vintage look, but something reminiscent of a vintage look, which may or may not make sense to you. If you’re worried about having the print going directly onto your chest and the problems that you cause, you can’t feel the print at all, and the tee itself is super soft as well, in case you’d forgotten my gushingly positive reviews of their tee quality in the past.

Costiness=$27 Buy it at Local Celebrity

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I don’t wanna get all Lynne Truss on you guys, but the slogan on this t-shirt is quite clearly a question, and what do questions have? Question marks. Otherwise, how would you know what was a question… ?


My pedantic grammar concerns aside, this tee is classic Local Celebrity. These guys really have the faux-80s look down. From the colourway to the slight vintage look on the white text print, to the ridiculously retro palm tree scene behind the car in all its tri-coloured glory, and of course the car itself is an icon of 80s excess, further enhancing the mood set by the design.


As I’ve mentioned in previous Local Celebrity reviews, I believe that LC create some of the finest quality t-shirts that I’ve come across. Ever. They’re incredibly soft, the prints don’t fade, the tees don’t get out of shape and they fit me just right (they’re a little shorter in the body than an AA tee). This latest example is no exception, top quality all the way. I know that sounds like an infomercial, but I really am very impressed.

Costiness=$25 Buy it here @ Local Celebrity

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Get 20% off at Local Celebrity

by Andy on August 12, 2008


Local Celebrity, who I like to think are a cut above the rest of the ‘funny’ crowd, have got a sale on at the moment. All you have to do is use the coupon code hotforteacher when you’re checking out whichever tees you’ve thrown into your virtual basket, and you’ll receive a 20% discount. They’re calling it a back to school sale, but I think that most of their 80s references will fly over the heads of most high schoolers.

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eeeewwwwwww, look at his nose!

On account of this 6 colour t-shirt being a bit of a beast to print up, Mustache and Friends have taken the unusual (for them) approach of putting it up for pre-order. If you place an order for it now you’ll receive $5 off the regular price, and a free 4-button pack, and free shipping in the US, and a soothing back massage from a team of squirrels (which item in this list isn’t true? The answer might surprise you).Costiness=$20 Link

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Holy 80s Batman!Seriously, have you ever seen a tee design that wasn’t made in the 80s that looked more 80s than this? I do have a little knit to pick though, the eye on the left (as we look at it) does seem to be a bit too far on the left, although I guess there could be a case of model boob distortion changing the way that the design appears.

Costiness=$21 Link

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The Totally Radical white t-shirt by Obey @ Karmaloop

I once tried to bring back some words from the 80s into the regular chatter of my circle friends a while back, but it turns out that saying ‘radical’ when you mean that something was ‘good’ wasn’t a radical idea back then and it still isn’t particularly radical. Needless to say, I failed in my mission.

Costiness=$21.95 Link

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