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I’ve been spending the past couple of months talking about how much I dislike election shirts since they date themselves so easily and will end up being unworn next year except for if you’re cleaning your gutters and just need some material between your body and wet leaves. Despite this, I actually like these two Bowie-inspired Obama and Romney designs that are part of the latest release from Goodie Two Sleeves. I suppose that since they don’t have a date on them you could wait until next week to see who will be President for the next four years and then you’ll know whether it’s a waste of time to buy the shirt or not.

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You know what I find most interesting about this shirt? It comes from Urban Outfitters, a company whose CEO and co-founder Richard Hayne is an ardent Republican. I know that business is business, but you’d have thought that having shirts that are against ‘your guy’ would be a bit of a no-no for him.

I suppose that I should have as much disdain for this shirt as all the other election shirts out there which will look dated next year (presuming we’ve all forgotten about Mittens by then), but it’s ridiculousness made me smile.

Costiness=$24 Buy it at UO

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chop shop political civilicious t-shirts








It’s pretty rare that I see t-shirts which have political inspiration and my first thought is “hey, those look cool” so this latest collection from Chop Shop, called ‘Civilicious’ is most welcome. I suppose they aren’t all that ‘political’ in that they aren’t trying to make a statement about a certain issue which is what we’d generally regard as being a traditional ‘political’ tee, but it will let people know what side you’re on.

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vomitt romney t-shirt

I don’t know how to feel about Mitt Romney, he looks like he should be President, which means people will probably vote for him, and yet everything he says and does makes me feel as if his Presidency would be a complete catastrophe and I’m amazed that he has the balls to call Obama privileged and elitist.

Costiness=$19 Buy it at Print Liberation

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jfk photo t-shirt






Altru Apparel make some really nice shirts, the sample I have is one of my most worn tees because the tee and the print are just gorgeous. It’s one of those perfect prints that you can barely tell is there even though it’s pretty big. It’s good for me to know that Altru make good shirts, because I know I can rest easy when it comes to recommending them, the whole judgement comes down to whether you like the design and there’s no worry that the tee will look terrible after a couple of washes.

When they let me know that they had some political tees I wasn’t sure if I was going to be happy with what I saw, shirts with a political message tend to be polarising, and that’s usually their aim, but taking the retro angle as they have done here makes for a rather less controversial subject and some pretty neat tees.

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T-shirt News for March 22nd

by Andy on March 22, 2012

calvin & hobbes t-shirt

Calvin & Hobbs meets The Blues Brothers at TeeFury today.


I picked the wrong time to check on Shirt.Woot.


Transformers walks hand in hand with Game of Thrones through a daisy filled meadow at RIPT.
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threadless election t-shirts

I have been standing on the sidelines in this years election season, as a Brit you could say that is fair enough, I have no business meddling in the affairs of American politics, and I have to respect your process. Be that as it may, I can no longer hold my tongue regarding such an important issue, on what could be a pivotal day in US history, Super Tees Day.

Now, I know all the kids are into robots, zombies, vampires, and ninjas; yes, they are all truly awesome in their own unqiue ways, but there is of course a dark side to each and every one of those candidates.


Vampires may have strong and well thought out policies on blood donation, but they have lost their way in recent years, becoming soft, sparkly, not holding true to their beliefs, and becoming strangely besotted with Kristen Stewart. Can you really trust someone with that kind of record as a flip flopper?


Zombies aren’t much better, they only want one thing and that is to tear this country and your flesh apart, and we must halt this slow march to the White House before it has a chance to gather momentum.


Robots? You think that just because we created them they will do our bidding? Ask any parent and they will tell you that this is just not the case at all, and if it doesn’t work with teenagers why would it work with machines? Anyway, isn’t the real issue here who is behind the robots? Whose pulling the strings? Is it the vampires? I’m not saying it is but don’t you think it’s funny that no one else is asking these questions, no one is saying they aren’t true, no one has come out to say that the vampires have formed a coalition with robots and are manipulating them behind the scenes to overthrow the status quo in this country and fundamentally change the way that we go about our daily lives? But hey, I’m just one man, no need to listen to the crazy man connecting all these little things and seeing the bigger picture.


Let’s take a closer look at the ninjas… actually they’re pretty cool, they wear black and throw pointy stars at people. Still, I wouldn’t really want to be governed by someone that would kill me in my sleep, and I doubt you would either.

So where does this leave us? Trying to pick between the best of a bad situation? No. There’s a better choice and a better way for us all, someone that can lead this nation towards the light and make us great again.


Pandas. Pandas with milk mustaches. Pandas casually doing pull ups on a tree branch because that body doesn’t just take care of itself. Pandas sneezing and scaring their parents. Pandas doing yoga. There is literally nothing that a panda does that isn’t adorable, cute, hilarious, or inspiring.


Pandas have a strong defense policy that will protect our borders, allow them to roam free and they are peaceful animals, but pen them in, prod them with a stick or invade their space and they will defend themselves, their family, and their country. Some say that the highly intelligent panda is elitist, accusing him of preferring arugula to the traditional bamboo, come on, just because a bear is educated and likes a peppery salad leaf does not make him elitist, it makes him an individual, and the right choice in this election, so go to the polls and vote panda.

Threadless are running a these special tees over the next month to try and make the long hard run to the polls in the US election a bit more fun, and I’m delighted that they asked HYA to be involved. I’ll be coming up with silly posts over the next few weeks, if you can give me any reasons why pandas are awesome and everything else sucks please do let me know in the comments.

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8 bit presidents t-shirt

You’re not going to be able to wear this shirt on President’s day this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick it up in time for next years celebrations. I suppose that in theory you could wear it at other times of the year, and possibly even if you’re not American, but only if you can handle the stares and judging looks of people seeing you wearing a shirt with US Presidents on it on a day that isn’t the 3rd Monday in February.

Pick up this shirt for $23 at Chop Shop.

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New ‘Revolutionary’ shirts at Magik City

by Andy on October 24, 2011

zapatista t-shirt Mao Tse-Tung, Fidel Castro, the Paris Riots, and Zapatista, seems about right for a range of political shirts. I like the style of this range, it’s awfully wearable.

They’re all £14.99 at Magik City now.

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barack obama zombie t-shirt

BeastWreck Shirts & Stuff is now taking preorders for a final printing of the ZOMBAMA design in men’s and women’s styles for $18

Hope? Change? President Obama, are you feeling okay?
This undead president is only interested in eating the flesh of the people! Attach whatever political statement you’d like to this design. All I’m trying to say is that I have fun with ridiculous parodies of self-important “street artists”. That’s all.

4-color design soft discharge screenprinted (no thick plastisol) on black Gildan Softstyle 4.5 oz 100% ringspun cotton, 1-color BeastWreck logo printed on back.

Andy: Thanks for the submission!

This post was submitted by Jared Moraitis.

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progresswear

If you’re the kind of person that enjoys pissing off people that like the Tea Party then head over to Progresswear and grab a few cheap tees. No word on how long prices will be like this, but with them being “last chance” I can’t imagine it being very long.

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JFK t-shirt

This shirt of course references JFKs “ask not what your country can do…” speech. I don’t want to get into the politics of it and think about how the idea JFK implanted in the American public subconscious might be applied to the state of the country today, but I can certainly appreciate that it is an awfully wearable t-shirt, especially when you’re stood next to a patriotic donkey on a merry-go-round.

Costiness=$16 Buy it at Wear Liberally

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obama got osama t-shirt


I feel the need to preface this post by saying that I’m British, and whilst the 7/7 bombings clearly had an effect upon Britain, it was a lot smaller than the 9/11 attacks, in terms of death, destruction, and the effect upon the national pysche, so it’s possible that I’m just missing the point, but…

Who buys a shirt like this? What kind of day is it when you wake up and look in your wardrobe and think “yes, today is the day that I put on a shirt with a handy rhyme on it that reminds everyone that Barack Obama killed Osama Bin Laden (not literally, but he gave the order and he is the Commander in Chief).” Are you wearing this to a BBQ? Bowling night? Taking your kids to the park?

Beyond that, the title of obamagotosama.com has the title “The Official Obama Got Osama T-Shirt “Justice Has Been Done”. I take issue with the word ‘official’ here, yes, it is officially a t-shirt, but I get the feeling that is just about as offical as this t-shirt gets.

Costiness=$19.99 Buy it at ObamaGotOsama

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illegal immigration t-shirt

I’ve always found it funny (in a “you’re an idiot” kind of way) that there are so many people in the US that are very proud of their ancestry being from Ireland or Scotland (though they’re rarely shouting about being English), yet they’re vehemently opposed to allowing immigrants into the country, and will happily spend money building a pointless fence to keep Mexicans from crossing their border so they can live glamourous life mowing lawns and cleaning.

Incidentally, under the terms of my visa for interning in Philadelphia back in 2009, it would be illegal for me to work in the US until the middle of next year, what’s the deal with that?

Costiness=$19.50 Buy it at Ban T-shirts

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julian assange t-shirt

When I first saw this t-shirt, I wasn’t thinking about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (though admittedly this is a timely blog post given the latest updates in his possible extradition to Sweden today), I was thinking about the people all over the Middle East that are rising up and making their voices heard in countries where typically they are kept very quiet. I don’t know what it would be like to live in that condition, and the fear that many people are existing in right now, and it was be unfair for me to act as if I really understand it, but hey, at least this t-shirt made me think for a minute.

Costiness=€35.99 (all profits go to the WikiLeaks Defense Fund) Buy it at Truth&Dare

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Win 3 t-shirts from Ban Tshirts!

by Andy on January 21, 2011

ban t-shirts competition

How to comment and win: Just visit Ban T-shirts, browse the shirts and leave a comment under any of the shirts. The person who makes the funniest, cleverest or most unusual comment will win 3 T-shirts of their choice. There will also be 2 runner up prizes of 1 T-shirt each.

You can comment on as many shirts as you want.

Winner will be announced January 31st.

Click here to visit Ban T-shirts.

Ahhh, a quote post, you know it’s Friday!

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4th Amendment Wear – Sticking it to the TSA

by Andy on January 18, 2011

4th amendment t-shirt

Apparently, if you wear the shirt above when going through one of those machines that shows off your junk at American airports, then the message you can see on the shirt will also show up on the image that the person making sure you aren’t carrying anything dodgy can see. I must admit, I don’t really know if it works, in theory it does, the ink they use has metal in it, and the scanners are intended to show metal objects, but I haven’t seen any confirmation (I also haven’t heard of anything saying it won’t work, of course).

I still think it would take some mighty big balls to walk through the scanner wearing a shirt like this, from what I’ve read (which may have been a tad sensationalist), it feels as if the TSA will take just about anything as an opportunity to take you aside for a longer check and a t-shirt expressing your views may be enough to make your flying experience a bit less comfortable.

Costiness=$45 Buy it at 4th Amendment Wear (other items also available, such as bras, pants, even socks)

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Do you still wear Obama shirts?

by Andy on January 17, 2011

obama t-shirt

I pulled the above shirt (from Ban T-Shirts) from one of the many stacks of tees in my bedroom, and whilst this one is fairly subtle as far as Obama shirts go, it did get me thinking, do people still buy and wear Obama shirts?

As ever, I’ll make the usual disclaimer that a t-shirt blog isn’t really the best forum for discussion about politics or political figures, but it is a damn good place to talk about political t-shirts!

It’s fair to say that Obama’s first term in office hasn’t gone quite as he has planned, and that a lot of the people that were supporting him in the run-up to the election in 2008 (and bought t-shirts) have become somewhat disillusioned, so what has happened to all of those tees, do you see people wearing them out on the street? Are people still creating and buying Obama shirts?

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rally to restore sanity t-shirt

I had mentally prepared myself for a long, hard slog through Flickr hunting out shirts from Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity at the weekend in Washington D.C., but thankfully this is the internet, and there’s always someone with more time on their hands than you, and in this case Matt Stopera over at BuzzFeed has got it well covered with a list of 25 shirts spotted at the rally (and I think a few from the other smaller rallies held around the country).

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