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Hands-on Review: 8BIT t-shirts

by Chris_S on April 14, 2013

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Retro has become a huge niche market in almost all areas – t-shirts included. And one t-shirt company out of Ireland are taking advantage of that rise in popularity of all things retro.

8BIT has a collection of carefully designed tees based on the glory days of retro gaming. The 8-bit era produced some of the best games and established the modern-day industry as it stands now. Their limited edition run of shirts (snap them up quick: there are only four designs, and each design only has 100 or 125 versions) appeal to the kind of person who lived through the 8-bit era the first time round, and now wants to show their love for their childhood with a beautifully crafted piece of clothing.

That care in the end product comes as soon as you receive the package. Your tee is encased in a brilliant white box, sturdy enough to keep the quarry inside clean and tidy but not too heavy.

And once you open the box, and take aside the tissue paper and the cool postcard with an old-school Gameboy on a washed out beach, you realise that the shirt inside is pretty great, too. The design I received was ‘001 – Grace’ (€30) which is a limited print run of 125 (mine was #19).

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It’s a luscious representation of the kind of huge sprites from the classic era of 8-bit games that you grew up with; this footballer performing an overhead kick could have been ripped right out of something like Amiga’s Sensible Soccer franchise.

The quality is great, as you’d expect from a company so invested in producing the great packaging they do. The tiny touches such as a nicely presented package are one of the best ways to separate the wheat from the chaff in an industry where the ability to enter it is becoming ever lower. Those who take pride in their work will make sure to present it neatly.

The tee is a thick, soft one, and it holds up well in a wash. Overall, if the bright lights of the 1980s and early 90s gaming world is your thing, you should head on over to 8BIT and grab yourself a tee.

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Now This Is What I Call Link Bait

by Travis on March 26, 2013

“New” at 80s Tees this week: the original Cobra Kai karate gi worn by Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in 1984’s The Karate Kid!

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The price, you ask? A cool $100,000! (It’s not exactly high fashion, but you would have a trump card come Halloween…)

More about the garment, from the product’s official descrip:

This Cobra Kai gi was worn by William Zabka’s character Johnny Lawrence during filming of the 1984 movie The Karate Kid. We obtained the gi on eBay from a collector who purchased the gi from ReelClothes.com. The gi comes with a framed Certificate of Authenticity from ReelClothes.

Kevin Stecko, the founder of 80sTees.com bought the gi because he always wanted to wear an authentic Cobra Kai gi for Halloween. We used this gi to create copies which we sell as our Exclusive Movie Quality Cobra Kai Costume.

As you may be guessing by the price our goal is not really to sell the gi as much as it is to put it out there for the world to appreciate. The Karate Kid is Kevin’s favorite movie of all time and he wanted other fans to be able to see this amazing piece of 80s movie history.

See more pics at BuzzFeed.

Read more of Travis’ work at BuzzFeed and It Goes To 11.

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retro star trek t-shirts





These have been out for a while but I’m just seeing them now, but I guess that with them being based on retro poster art, and the original iteration of Star Trek that being a few weeks late posting about them isn’t too big of a deal. Really nice designs from Juan Ortiz, I love this retro style that is so popular at the moment. Shirts are $25 a piece and available now.

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Post image for Fidel Castro leaves New York City… with a fake “I [heart] NY” t-shirt

I spotted this photo on the fantastic Retronaut and couldn’t help but notice that Fidel Castro was being given what appears to be a fake ‘I [heart] NY’ shirt.

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optimus prime hoodie



Fair play to 80sTees, they went all out with this Optimus Prime hoodie, there’s not a chance in hell that I’d wear it outside of the house, but I still think it’s amazing.

Costiness=$60 Buy it at 80sTees

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Post image for “Doc’s Delorean” Back to the Future t-shirt by Sneaky Studios



I remember thinking as a kid when I watched Back To The Future for the first time that going 88mph was really impressive and fast, but looking at it now it’s not really that fast, hell, I’ve driven vans nearly that fast on the autoroutes of France and still been on the right side of the law. Cool shirt though!

Costiness=$40 Buy it at Sneaky Studios

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Regan Smith Clarke’s shirts are awesome

by Chris_S on June 28, 2012

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It’s been a busy few days here at HYA – which is why though Regan Smith Clarke’s summer collection has been around for a little while, we’re only getting to it now. But what a doozy it is: well worth the wait. Regan designs shirts with a vintage art twist, with eye-popping designs which seem to have leapt from a 1940s newspaper comic strip. Coincidentally, that’s exactly the sort of thing that I love, so I’m craving these shirts very badly.

Trailblazer (above, $25) is a shirt which looks like it could well be at home on a wartime propaganda poster for kids, and would undoubtedly draw some looks for its big design and bright colours. Personally, it’s my favourite of the bunch.

But then you’ve got Lone Wolf ($25) – which comes in black and yellow – that manages to take the weird anthropomorphic animal thing that you see in all cartoons (Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny say hi) and create a new character. As you might tell from the two shirt names, Regan Smith Clarke’s all about giving the wearers of his t-shirts an identity and an ego boost.

Keeping the wartime propaganda look (and almost making me willing to buy a three-quarter length baseball tee) is the Stand and Deliver 3/4 length ($28). I personally think that wearing 3/4 length clothing on your top half is almost as dangerous as wearing 3/4 length shorts (it runs the risk of making you look like a baby) but the design on this is so beautiful that I’m almost willing to overlook it. Almost. Regan, if you’re reading this: put it on a normal tee. I’ll buy it in an instant.

Costliness = $25-28

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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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duck hunt t-shirt

It’s kind of amazing really that back when they released Duck Hunt you could actually point a controller at the TV screen and that would actually control the game with a pretty decent amount of accuracy. It seems fairly advanced technology (though I now know it’s fairly simple) considering the t-shirts design is a spot-on recreation of the quality of graphics that you could expect from the NES. T-shirt available from Super7 now for $30.

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All hail our robot overlords!

by Chris_S on May 21, 2012

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Robots are cool. I think that much we can all agree on, right? I mean, there’s been a fixation on robots for about the past 70 years, with sci-fi films and utopian visions of the future imagining that we’d all be living in space pods, served by robots wearing French maid outfits with pneumatic silver boobs. For some reason, robots just capture the imagination. They seem to connect with us as an image of our potential: eventually we will be able to master creating humanity (of sorts) and will render it in metal.

Which is why I like these two shirts by Design By Humans quite so much. They popped up in my inbox as part of a regular email from the site, and I was drawn to them immediately. You’ve got two separate designs here, I think. Halftone Robot by Old30Bastard is very much a hipster Transformer. It takes up the whole tee, and its shapes are angular and true to life. I particularly like that the robot’s head looks like its a repurposed boombox. At $15, you’d be criminal not to get this.

Then there’s the slightly more expensive ($20) Violin Bot. It’s cute, it’s quirky and it’s the sort of thing you’d see in Futurama. In fact, I’m not entirely sure a similar idea wasn’t in an episode of Futurama when Bender starts a band, playing himself like a washboard. BUt if anything that makes me want this thing more. It’s a beautiful design and it’s sure to bring a smile to people’s faces.

Costiness: $15/$20

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Barber Shop Window: cool wrestling t-shirts?

by Chris_S on April 19, 2012

barber shop window t-shirts



I don’t want to alarm you or anything, but the three words “cool wrestling t-shirts” can in fact be used in the same sentence without the world exploding. Seriously, it’s not a contradiction in terms. Admittedly, professional wrestling hasn’t been cool since about 1997, but that almost doesn’t matter. I haven’t watched wrestling since I was 16 – these things called girls got in the way – but I can still appreciate the smart, snarky designs which are a mile away from the stuff the WWE (apparently the WWF had to change their name after the World Wildlife Fund sued them) produce.

Barber Shop Window has a simple motto: “to create shirts that wrestling fans enjoy, would want to own, and wouldn’t be embarassed to wear to the bar.” I’d argue they go further. These things can be worn by non- or lapsed wrestling fans like me.

They take an increasingly standard model of selling. Shirts are available for a limited time period and on a short print run, before being taken off-sale. Any leftovers (usually in odd sizes) can be picked up for about $25 (first-run shirts usually run $20). The shirt stock’s good, the printing lasts and is clear. I’m currently wearing the ‘Monsoon-Heenan 2012′ shirt pictured above; it combines my favourite commentary team from my formative years with my love of American politics (fuelled by The West Wing). I wish I had the Fuji Vice t-shirt, based on this…unique vignette from the 1980s. If you’re nerdy like me, the chances are you’ll find something here for you.

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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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dark tower t-shirt

TeeFury are today referencing Stephen King’s “Dark Tower”.

twitter t-shirt
Shirt.Woot have a nicely designed if unoriginal Twitter tee.

battlestar galactica calvin hobbes t-shirt
Calvin & Hobbes gets mashed up with Battlestar Galactica at RIPT for some reason.

sky rim t-shirt
Qwertee give Skyrim the NES box art treatment.

darth vader playing card
I really rather like the Vader playing card at Shirt Punch.

three wolf moon
Sorry The Yetee, nothing will ever make me like the Three Wolf Moon meme.

owl t-shirt
Because everything has to be in 3D now, even the imaginary perspective of an owl on a t-shirt. Shirt by DBH.

austrian coffee thieves
Today’s Made in the Now shirt is about two Austrian thieves who stole two tons of coffee.

fidel castro t-shirt
Apparently #FidelCastro has been trending recently so Fibertopic have depicted him as the ‘Red Leader’, which surprisingly enough is a concept I haven’t seen before.


I hadn’t heard of Tee Busters before, are they new? Well, they’ve got a Darth Vader shirt that I suppose is inspired by the ads where the kid is trying to use the force on his Dad’s car. Is it a VW ad?

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T-shirt news for March 26th

by Andy on March 26, 2012

I find it kind of odd that people would want to wear the mascot for an operating system, but this shirt from TeeFury ain’t too bad.


Shirt.Woot revamp the original cute cat poster.


I like The IT Crowd, I have a NES under my TV, and I like t-shirts. I like this from RIPT. Pretty sure I’ve written about this design in the past…
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sushi pac man arcade combo t-shirt

This is definitely one of my favourite Glennz designs to be released for a while, when I saw that he had the concept up for voting I had a sneaking suspicious that Pac Man + sushi = a t-shirt that would get printed.

Costiness=$15.95 (for now) Buy it at Glennz

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jem design contest

As a 27 year old guy I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I’m not really up on my “80s cartoons aimed at girls that only lasted for 3 seasons” but apparently I am on the wrong side of pop culture in this case, because Mighty Fine/welovefine.com (I don’t really know what I’m meant to call them) are running a JEM t-shirt design competition with a prize of up to $2500 and that suggests to me that quite a lot of people are/were quite excited about the show. One cool aspect of this competition is that they have brought in the original voice of Jem to be a judge. You’ve got until March 23rd to get your entries in and I’ve included all the details after the break.
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8-bit Pac Man/Pizza Man t-shirt from Super7

by Andy on February 27, 2012

8 bit pizza man t-shirt

My parents aren’t really into computer games, but I do remember back in the early 90s when we had an Acorn A2000 (yes, I am that old school) that they would obsessively play Pac-Man after I went to bed, I wonder if that has anything to do with how I spend 12+ hours a day with some kind of LCD screen a few feet from my face?

Anyway, Pac Man is still fun and pizza just seems to get better and better, so I like this shirt.

Costine=$25 Buy it at Super7

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8-bit karate kid t-shirt



I’m about to reveal a shocking confession… I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Karate Kid. I know enough about it to get by, like some kind of pop culture osmosis, but I can’t remember sitting down and watching the film. Then again, it was quite a long time ago and I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday (wait, no, it was an omelette, and it was delicious).

The use of 8-bit on a Karate Kid design is a great choice from Found Item Clothing, and it’s a very good wearable t-shirt that doesn’t rely too much on nostalgia to make me like it.

Costiness=$19.95 Buy it at Found Item Clothing

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T-shirt news for January 24th

by Andy on January 24, 2012

cat skull t-shirt

Can you imagine if you walked into a house and there were this many cats… it would be terrifying. $10 at TeeFury today.


I know what you’re thinking, this is just yet another t-shirt about imaginary Pinata companies, and when with this pinata meme die? Well, at least this one at Shirt.Woot is based on the 1986 film ‘Three Amigos’.


The Muppets meet Futurama with this Hypnokermit t-shirt at RIPT today.
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Daily tees & News for December 21st

by Andy on December 21, 2011

star wars firefly t-shirt

Star Wars meets Firefly in this design at TeeFury.


Trust Qwertee to bring out a shirt that is so British.


Shirt Punch put Darth Vader on a playing card and hot damn it looks good.


RIPT have a Star Wars x Wizard of Oz mashup.


Tuxedo Tees do have a bit of retro charm to them, and with this 8-bit version Shirt.Woot have given it an entirely different kind of retro charm.


Nowhere Bad have a fairly generic looking Mario shirt.


DBH really like lions, don’t they?


Loviu have laid a golden egg.


24tee have a slightly depressing meme shirt.


Tilteed give their ‘Joy Ride’ design another release.


RedBubble are offering 20% off all gift certificates for people that may have left it a little late with their Christmas gifts. Use the coupon code WEAREMAD20 to receive the discount.


PalmerCash still have 50% off their gift cards with the coupon code GIFTCARD, but their cut off point for delivering physical things is “12pm Eastern” today. I’m going to take that to mean midday, not midnight.


Threadbird think that now is a great time for store owners to restock their inventory for the New Year, and are offering 35c off per garment. Not a massive amount, but I’m sure no one would say know to a $35 saving on 100 tees.

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