Vintage Action Tees at Shelf Life Clothing

Into vintage Kung Fu flicks or old school westerns? Well then you must checkout Shelf Life Clothing. They produce high-end, limited run, 100% ring-spun soft cotton or organic cotton shirts with a humorous underground vibe. Their designs fuses past styles with both old and new pop culture imagery. The shirts are regularly priced at $20 a piece and are printed on Anvil Knitwear and American Apparel blanks.

And for you deal seekers, they’ve got 5 shirts in their sale section priced as low as $8!

Wong Fei Hung

Shaolin vs. Mafia

I Want Some Action

410BC Fall 2009 Collection

410BC is back with their Fall 2009 Collection and it’s their most impressive to date. It seems that with each release 410BC shows growth and maturity. You can definitely see how far they’ve come since Skate Wolf! This new line is probably the darkest collection yet, albeit in a very subtle way. A lot of anatomy references, which I don’t mind at all.

Along with the traditional tees they’ve got a varsity jacket, button-up dress shirt and a cardigan to compliment the collection. The release date for the Fall 2009 410BC Collection is set for August 7th.

410bc

410bc

410bc

410bc

Are you A BooBuster? Plus 10% Off!

Were you one of the 80’s kids that was excited for the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game last week? If so, this tee just might be for you! It’s called BooBusters and it’s availablenow from NerdyShirts for $19.95. 

Boo Buster

They also have a bunch of others tees on sale starting at $8.95 and  if that weren’t enough, NerdyShirts is having a site wide 10% off everything sale! Here are 3 suggestions from me to  you:

Nostalgia

Color

Spacecamp

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New Super Mario Bros. + 10 Mario Inspired Tees

Nintendo recently previewed their latest blockbuster game at the E3 2009 conference and my goodness am I excited! They have been releasing so much retro NES goodness for the Wii as of late that I’m not sure if I can take it. First, Punch Out and now, New Super Mario Bros. in all it’s 2D side scrolling goodness. I am so excited to play this game especially since it offers multi-player beyond just Mario and Luigi. I’ve never been so excited for coins in my life. Cha-Ching!

And to commemorate this momentous occasion I have here 10 unique Super Mario Bros. inspired tees and a hoodie to boot. All of these are available for purchase with the exception of Super Mario Skull. 

1. Game Over by Fuzzy Ink. First up, we have Game Over from our buddies over at Fuzzy Ink. This is one of the more fantastical of the Mario tees here as it features our favorite characters all grown up and elderly! Maximum cuteness factor indeed. This Jublin designed tee is available on a Grass colored American Apparel tees and can be purchased for $18.95. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your order!

Game Over by Fuzzy Ink

2. Super Mario Bros. Sushi by thickblackoutline. This tee by thickblackoutline really made me realize just how good Super Mario Bros. would taste as sushi. Okay, that might have come out wrong. Nonetheless, it’s a great shirt and available now at Red Bubble for $28.83. 

Super Mario Bros. Sushi

3 and 4. Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit by Nerdy Shirts. Nerdy Shirts really has some love for our favorite Italian. They have a bunch of Mario inspired tees available and here are two of them: Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit. Mario Block reminds us of how simple and fun B-bit gameplay really was. Mario Frog Suit reminds me of Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy (remember the level that you had to swim and kill that huge octopus/huge fish boss).

Mario Block

Mario Frog Suit

5. Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers. It’s no surprise that Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers made my list of favorite Mario inspired tees. After all, it was my Threadless Pick of the Week in Coty Loves Threadless Episode #15. They are running low in stock really fast on this tee over at Threadless so if you want it I suggest you go and pick it up now. I was able to secure a guys size large (there were only 2 left when I did). 

Magic Mushrooms

6. I Sneak Down Pipes by Euan Gallacher. I Sneak Down The Pipes was conceived by the Tee Doctor, Euan Gallacher, a Scotland based T-Shirt prescriber! It’s a clever play on the much used I Heart NY tee. I Sneak Down Pipes is available from MySoti for $17.72 and is printed on a white Alstyle tee. 

I Sneak Down Pipes

7. da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong. Artist Kevin Tong designed this masterpiece, titled da Vinci’s Mario and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Views of a Fetus in the Womb. This three color design is printed on an American Apparel blank and is available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario by Kevin Tong

8. Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja. Have you ever wondered what Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Mario Bros. gang would like in real life? Wonder no more because Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja answers that very question. Warrior Pumbers is printed on Hanes Beefy Tees and is available for $19.75 from TopatoCo. 

Warrior Plumbers

9. Super Mario Skull by MisNopalesArt. This Super Mario Skull tee from Etsy is just a tad bit disturbing. Just a tad. Our favorite plumber in skull form and in the raccoon suit to boot! What is wrong with this picture! This tee is unfortunately no longer available for sale. 

Super Mario Skull

10. Video Game Shirt by Stay Up. If video games are your religion then this is the tee for you. And right square in the middle of that 8-Bit cross is non-other than 8-Bit Mario. Pick up this tee from Stay Up in either a white or tan colorway. 

Video Game Shirt

Enclothe MarioFlague. And for the finale, I have this epic Enclothe MarioFlague zip up hoodie! Talk about attention to detail and a sure conversation starter. It’s a fully custom designed hoodie that features and inside breast iPod pocket, metal mushroom zipper pull, quick action cuff thumb hole, and an extra spacious 3 panel hood. This item can be your for $65. 

Marioflauge

I’m always on the hunt for a great Super Mario Bros. inspired tee. If you know of one that’s not on this list then let me know and maybe it’ll make the next wrap up!

Pan Am Brand Power

Here’s an interesting post that I stumbled on Andy Sernovitz’s Damn I Wish I’d Thought of That blog about the power of a great brand. In the post, he talks about how Pan Am merchandise survives to this day despite the airline being dead since 1991. Oddly enough, I saw someone using a Pan Am leather bag just like the one seen in the photo below.

Are any of you old enough to have actually rode on a Pan Am aircraft? 

Pan Am

Pan Am

Pan Am

Robocop OCP Shirt by Found Item Clothing

If you’re a fan of the 80’s and you haven’t been to Found Item Clothing then you are definitely missing out. Found Item Clothing specializes in making authentic replications of fictional tees as seen in some of our favorite 80’s/90’s cult classics.

Their newest tee features the logo of the Omni Consumer Products Company (OCP). Uber geeks or film aficionados will be quick to notice that the OCP logo is straight from the 1987 film, Robocop. This is the perfect tee for you to use at those sci-fi conferences that you’ll no doubt be attending. The design is printed on a gray American Apparel tee and is available now for $21.95.

Found Item Clothing Robocop OCP

T-Shirts Are Keepers: How Many Do You Hold On To?

Do people become so attached to certain T-Shirts that the thought of tossing them is not even thinkable? According to a survey that was done by tee company Blue Cotton, 4 out of 5 Americans hold on to a sentimental t-shirt. And I don’t doubt that, I’ve got tons of tees in my closet that are years old, from high school even, that I can’t bear to let go of.

Out of 1000 of those that were surveyed, 47% of held on to a vacation tee, 30% kept hold of a business tee from a past employer and 27% did not want to let go of an old concert tee.

“A glimpse into someone’s t-shirt drawer is like a stroll through his or her past,” said Mike Coffey, CEO of BlueCotton and still owner of all-time favorite orange short-sleeve Hanes Beefy-T, with navy and white BlueCotton oval-shaped logo. “A Little League championship, a first concert, a family vacation, a cherished alma mater, your own business – every person’s list is like a snapshot of their personality. And if someone hasn’t kept any old shirts, that can be telling, too. T-shirts may seem casual, but their appeal is anything but. When they’re linked to a powerful memory, why let them go?”

Definitely check out the press release, they’ve got the full story covered and even dissect the surveys major findings. Click on the image below to see a bar graph showing the different percentages of what tee people decided to keep. Thanks to Rochelle Srigley from Edge Communications for sending me link to the press release. 

outlook

48 percent: A shirt picked up on vacation
30 percent: From a business or employer
27 percent: From a concert
27 percent: From a favorite professional or college sports team
23 percent: From a run/walk to raise money for a favorite charity
18 percent: From one’s alma mater
17 percent: From participating on a sports team
12 percent: From a church event
6 percent: From an election, political party
4 percent: From a fraternity/sorority