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Original Tee Shirt Designs
In the early 1970s, Trav’s Inn was known to locals as “ a serious drinkers bar”, a motorcycle hangout prone to Friday night fights among the bikers. What was, was better. Show you know that with this well-known Worcester, Mass., college lacrosse varsity letter from 1958. Back when music was good, we listened to this. In re-imagining this 1980 sticker from a rock station stuck on a high school binder, I smote the lame acts in the original and replaced them with gods. This lovely tee shirt is based on a reconstruction of a 1911 baseball card from the Library of Congress. Play ball, and give this tee to a baseball fan. Know someone who plays a Rickenbacker 4001 bass?
Reward him for his good taste with this tee shirt. Mellow Out Or You Will Pay.
Poster for the Dead Kennedys playing with Government Issue at GW in Washington DC circa 1979. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king?! From the BFC Collection
"God is Dead" - Nietzsche
"Nietzsche Is Dead" - God Ever wanted to be a letterman in the 1950s? Now's your chance to stand out & look good. Ever read Highlights Magazine at the dentist's office?
It turns out Gallant could be a real SOB... Disco killed good music. It begat all the garbage that is music today. Know any bass players or guitarists? This design is for those in the know. Wandering through Flatland streets, buildings, rivers, mountains, clouds & moon, if you see Mister U first everyone owes you a beer. Lynyrd Skynyrd's bass player Leon Wilkeson wears a shirt with this motto on the cover of Skynyrd's Street Survivors LP. Millie's is another non-extant dive at which I used to drink in Adams-Morgan, Washington DC. After being thrown out of high school in 1981 I worked at a place which did backstage catering for all the bands that came to play @ CapCentre in Largo, MD, in this case: Queen.
These backstage passes got us everywhere in the arena, and over a year-and-a-half I got to meet Freddy Mercury & Brian May; Van Halen; The Who; Ozzy Osbourne; Richie Blackmore; and others. Know anyone with the initials or name GG? Gigi? Graham Greene? Great Gatsby? Glenn Gould? Gray Ghost? G. Gordon? Is this shirt a gift or a curse? It's hard to say when you're coming and going. Anyone else get expelled senior year?
December of senior year, to be precise. Patriotism, nostalgia, graphic design and cows - what more could you want in these dark days?! A typographic exploration of the fine print on a bottle of household cleanser. An exploration of the BOC's soft white underbelly....
I re-imagined the Blue Öyster Cult's logo without using their symbol (but kept the umlaut.) When I was a kid, this robot mantra scared the Hell out of me (almost out, anyway.) Ever share a mix-tape? Like better audio? Do you know what was Good? This tee shirt is for you or a friend.