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T-shirt news for March 21st

by Andy on March 21, 2012

Doctor Who t-shirt

Thankfully the comments over at TeeFury explained to me that this is something to so with Doctor Who, the Tardis at the top should have been a bit of a clue as well though.


This Star Wars based design at Shirt.Woot is one of my favourites from them for quite some time.


Spiderman gets some attention at RIPT.


Doctor Who turns up at Qwertee.


I like this Shirt Punch design so much I might actually buy it, Mars U straight from the Futurama universe.


The nerd hive arrives at Stupidhurts.us.


That is one depressing Pluto t-shirt at 24tee (apparently it has something to do with 4chan).


Wow, very nice skull shirt from DBH today.


Made in the Now take a look at a painting that people used to think was a Van Gogh knockoff that it turns out is the real deal.


Dead Head gets another run out at Tilteed.


VNM added some patches to their store.


Great interview with Jake Nickell of Threadless about how they are dealing with partnerships. It’s fascinating to hear about how these things really work and so refreshing to hear honesty and openness from a company of their size.


RIPT have added five free shirts to the raffle for the Boston Tee Party.


TeeMadness2012 is open for voting now.


Here’s a cat wearing a t-shirt.


This Led Zeppelin t-shirt is up for $14,000 on eBay. Vintage tees scare me a bit, so much money in so little cotton!


Something tells me this Chinese guy doesn’t know what’s written on his shirt, or he does, which could be more concerning.


You know you’ve got great friends when they make you a shirt to celebrate your vasectomy. Look at that grimace, he KNOWS that picture was going to end up getting spread around on the internet.


New Actual Pain has dropped at Street Casuals, those guys do have a lot of releases, don’t they?


Akomplice have released their Spring 2012 lookbook.


Spend $40+ at ThinkGeek and get $10 off with the coupon code SHATNER.

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Travis, who designs and prints movie t-shirt at Found Item Clothing asked me if he could help contribute to the blog by writing a list, and of course I said yes, he’s written loads of great shirt lists (and other posts) over at It Goes to 11 and knows a lot about tees. This list was meant to be 10 items but Travis couldn’t stop himself and ended up with a great list of 26 Captain America t-shirts, now that’s the HYA spirit!

Marvel continues to churn out live-action film adaptions for its A-list characters. Thor debuted (to mixed reviews) in May, followed later in the same month by X-Men: First Class, which effectively rebooted the mutant franchise with a Cold War-flavored prequel that explored the Magneto and Professor X backstory (and subsequent schism).

Both, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens later this month (July 22nd, to be exact) and will provide the last bridge in the run up to next summer’s looming behemoth, The Avengers. (That film will pull together the team’s core members — the Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, Nick Fury, and Captain America (natch) — for what promises to be an epic exercise in comic book filmmaking.)

To mark Cap’s big screen arrival, then, we’ve compiled a list of 25 26 topical tees that reference the character in some manner. As with all of our t-shirt compilations, we’ve tried to strike a balance; featured below are new designs, vintage cuts, licensed products, bootlegged spoofs, eBay deadstock, and the like.

These tees, mind you, are ranked in no particular order. Price and link included after the image…

1. The 8-bit meme shows no sign of abating. Pictured here, along with Cap, are three foundational members of The Avengers roster: Thor, Iron Man, Hulk.

Available for $25 at Mighty Fine, an L.A.-based imprint that pairs impeccable production values with clever graphics pulled from film, television, and comicdom.

2. Our second design parodies the Angry Birds phenomenon.

$24.94 at Buy this t-shirt at RedBubble.

3. Avengers assembled, with their leader at the fore. The composition of the team — Captain Marvel, anyone? — suggests that the art was purloined from a mid-’80s issue of the comic, but the tee itself was printed by Junk Food Clothing in a distressed fashion to lend it that vintage quality.

$30 at Buy this t-shirt at 80sTees.

4. An example of the increasingly popular costume print trend, only applied in this instance to a sweatshirt (hide those arms, yo…).

Note the detailing on the hood, which reproduces the eye holes from Cap’s mask and his so-called Eagle ears (but strangely eschews the “A”).

$60 at 80stees.

5. The quote can be attributed to Dwight E. Eisenhower, the celebrated military leader and 34th President of the United States, but the tee’s origins are otherwise murky (a story arc, perhaps?). Anyone with insights on this should chime in below…

Sourced via an image search on Flickr.

6. Dirty Harry’s signature catchphrase, repurposed here in tribute (we think) to Cap’s teenage sidekick, Bucky.

$23.94 at Redbubble.

7. Given that Captain America’s powers were acquired by way of a “super soldier serum,” one thinks this next design smacks of personal hypocrisy. Included here for the throwback art (dig that boombox there on the right) and the wink-wink, nudge-nudge copy on the product page.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

8. On a related note, our next design is a timely reminder that there’s more than one “America.” Hegemony is such a fickle muse…

$20 from the culture jammers at Buy this t-shirt at Headline Shirts.

9. Here’s Cap as the pitchman for Marvel Con 1976, which seems only apropos given the year’s historical significance (t’was America’s bicentennial anniversary). We’d like to think that this was probably a genuine design from back in the day, and reprinted of late to ca$h in on its retro properties.

$27.99 at Superhero Stuff.

10. A bit of self-awareness here, with original art from Kerry Gammill, Thomas Florimonte Jr., and Martin Thomas, noted Marvel contributors all.

Found at Flickr.

11. No list of Captain America tees would be complete without one featuring his arch foil, the Red Skull.

$21.99 at Superhero Stuff.

12. Shrink-wrapped deadstock — a ringer, no less — from 1975…

Listed on eBay and likely sold before this goes to post.

13. Cap’s (fictional) microbrewery reworks the Fosters logo to clever effect (and calls into question his message from shirt #7).

$24.94 at Redbubble.

Cap tip (pun totally intended, booyah): Shirtoid, a growing archive of tees inspired by geek and sci-fi culture.

14. A new design from Mighty Fine (one of several in fact), conceived in homage to the iconic work of the celebrated graphic stylist, Saul Bass.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

15. The iconic Arm & Hammer trademark gets reworked here as a Cap & Thor mash-up.

$24.94 at Redbubble.

16. But where, pretell, are the red boots?

$25 at Mighty Fine.

17. A montage of spandexed superstars, in this case quite literally.

$24.94 at Redbubble.

18. These colors don’t run.

$25 on eBay.

19. A well-executed spoof that acknowledges the United States’ neighbors to the north.

$20 at Buy this t-shirt at Busted Tees.

20. A throwback sketch of our hero, complete with stoic countenance.

$15.95 at Superhero Stuff.

21. Cap’s shield, fractured. Embedded within are pulpy images borrowed from the comic strip.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

22. An artifact from the ’70s, complete with notebook paper. The artwork is thought to be that of Jack Kirby, one of Marvel’s most famed illustrators, writers and editors from the era.

Currently $8.99 on eBay.

23. Nerd alert: this next shirt is an out of print design from a 2007 promotion exclusive to comic book retailers.

Currently $10 on eBay.

24. Distributed at the 2010 Comic Con to build awareness for the film’s panel, this Camp Lehigh tee is also out of print swag with a clever twist.

We can’t decode the reference with total certainity, but Camp Lehigh, according to comic book lore, was the setting for Cap’s first encounter with his sidekick, Bucky. We also believe that its on-screen counterpart houses the experimental research program that turns Steve Rogers (Captain America’s civilian identity) into his titular, alter-ego.

The detailing, along with the olive drab tone, is clearly designed to convey an Army-issued authenticity (and it does so rather effectively).

Back detail:

Currently $24.83 on eBay.

25. This last design, the punningly titled “Fighting Crime Doesn’t Pay,” imagines what might happen if our superheroes lost their livelihoods.

$20 at Buy this t-shirt at Threadless.

26. Lastly, the original cover art from the inaugural issue of Secret Wars, Marvel’s massive crossover event, which places the Captain front and center.

$19.50 at Amazon.

Thanks for reading this post and props to Andy for providing us with the forum. List your faves below!

Watch the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger below!

Thanks again for the post Travis, you’re welcome to post any time!

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Old Cupcakes, Yummers!

by Andy on July 8, 2009

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Johnny Cupcakes (pictured above, invading Japan) has a tendency to release quite a lot of limited edition tees (if you get what I mean “lots of not many, Andy, you’re an idiot!”), usually at one of the many events he hosts in his stores and around America. That’s the kind of limited edition I can get behind, they’re just sold at those events as a reward to the die-hard fans that support his brand, so that they can get something special.

The problem with only selling them at events is that most people can’t be there even if they want to. So, to remedy that situation somewhat, Johnny (through the medium of his sister, IIRC) has setup an official ‘JC Vault’ on eBay. The vault has auctions for lots of old, rare, and limited edition items which often can’t be found anywhere else, and all with the guarantee that it’s 100% legit. Unfortunately, since fans of JC are about 5 tees away from forming a cult (and yes, the significance of those initials did make me want to shoehorn the word ‘cult’ into a sentence somewhere), you probably won’t be picking up a bargain, but if there’s a design you really, really, really want, then I’m sure you’ll be willing to empty your PayPal account for it.

Johnny Cupcakes eBay Vault

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Rock on my friends that are stuck in the 80s

If you’re the kind of tee fellow that enjoys wearing t-shirts that are as old as I am, then defunkd may well be the people for you, because they sell rare and vintage tees. A couple of days ago they put forty vintage concert shirts onto eBay with the starting bid of one cent, and on top of that there is free shipping to the USA and Canada (though they will ship worldwide). So, if you’re been hunting for an authentic shirt from Whitesnake’s 1988 tour, then I’d be willing to bet that you’re ecstatic right now.

Defunkd’s Ebay Page

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