Category Archives: typography t-shirts

Cool Philadelphia Sports T-Shirts – Veteran’s Stadium

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glenn hurricane schwartzSweet Retro Philly Sports T-Shirts – So, if you didn’t grow up within a 30 mile radius of Philadelphia, I guess you won’t really get it. Actually though, if you are a t-shirt designer, you can still be inspired by these retro philly sports t-shirts:

How is that, you ask? Well, unless you are going to invest the time and money to get permission to use a sport’s team’s name or other trademarks, you’re going to have to be creative in reaching their fans. Enter designs like above. The Vet (Veteran’s Stadium) is the old Philly sports stadium where the Phillies & Eagles used to play, and “The Broad Street Bullies” was the nickname given to the 1970’s team with Bobby Clarke who won the Stanley Cup.

Veteran’s Stadium / Broad Street Bullies t-shirts

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Both designs are instantly recognizable by Philly fans, even though the actual team names aren’t used. I, like thousands of others, have tons of nostalgia for The Vet, (even though it’s notoriously poor turf ruined many players’ careers) and even had the rehearsal dinner for my wedding there.

broad street bullies tshirt

Not only do these designs not blatantly infringe on heavily guarded team trademarks, but they are actually something cool & different from what you’ll find at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods. Plus, I guarantee you’ll get more attention over at Chickie & Pete’s. (If you don’t know, don’t ask)

Retro Veteran’s Stadium T-ShirtRetro Broad Street Bullies T-Shirt

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Arquebus Clothing

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arquebus tshirt redemptionMore sweet typography designs, this time a submission from Brooklyn-based Arquebus Clothing. As I was saying before, please don’t waste your time just throwing an inspirational quote onto a t-shirt unless you are doing it right, and in an original way. Make the text work with the imagery, and try to make a connection or inspire others.

This is often easier said than done, as famous quotes are popular as the basis for t-shirt designs, but often not executed well. It takes a lot of motivation for someone to take out their wallet to buy a t-shirt online, so there has to be a strong emotional connection made for it to happen.

If you’re thinking of trying it yourself, maybe there is a cause or organization that you can attach to the design. I’d love to see t-shirts for charitable organizations convey their messages with the effectiveness of brands like Arquebus. Who wouldn’t be inspired by a t-shirt supporting a cause like fighting breast cancer with quotes presented with this quality of typography?

Anyway, Daniel from Arquebus Clothing says their brand, “is dedicated to providing designs that are self expressive and meaningful, using imagery or typography… designs not only looks cool, but also have a meaning that people can relate to everyday or at any moment in their life. They are bold, positive, inspirational, motivational, witty, philosophical and very wearable by everybody.”

Check them out at arquebusclothing.com, and take 10% off with coupon code ARQUEBUS10

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Perception Apparel – Typography T-Shirts

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I’m a fan of typography, and these tees from Perception Apparel really impress me. Sometimes just putting a quote on a t-shirt with a common font can be about as inspiring as opening a can of spaghetti, so if you’re designs are solely text-based, you have to do it right.

The point of these t-shirts goes beyond the well-designed text though. Dylan, the designer, said that the “keep moving forward” tee above, “represents the fact that no matter what it is that you are trying to accomplish, you need to always remember to keep moving forward.”

Reminds me of a favorite quote of mine, this too shall pass.” I’ve often thought of it in both the best & worst of times to maintain a perspective, and not feel overly attached to any one situation or event.

Anyway, I hope that they add to their initial selection of 3 tees at perceptionapparel.com, because they are off to a good start.

Use coupon code: POPCULTURE10 for 10% off!

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Battle of the Beards T-Shirt

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battle of the beards

Chuck Norris Beard

Chuck Norris Beard

Battle of the Beards T-Shirt – While a lot of people have wondered who would win in a fight of, oh, let’s say Godzilla fought King Kong, Clack Industries (who only does one t-shirt design a year) has proposed a deadly face off between Chuck Norris and The World’s Most Interesting Man in a Battle of the Beards.

Let’s not forget the influence that beards have had in modern popular culture. Whether it be San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, or Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke (can you imagine the global economic meltdown if he shaved his beard!?) beards have made a stunning comeback in recent years.

Although the outcome isnt clear, whoever wins this epic battle will surely have to contend with the formidable challenger Kenny Rogers. View / buy this t-shirt


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dpcted T-Shirts – funny text only designs

chubby bearded t-shirts

a couple of funny dpcted t-shirts

john hughes t-shirt

if you don't get it, you are really young or really old

dpcted t-shirts is a new online t-shirt shop that specializes in humorous text-designed pop culture t-shirts. Although they are just getting started, I think they might be on to something.

Specifically what I like about the little that I have seen, is that they should succeed in reaching some niche audience members online with their clever humor. The bold, sans serif font choice makes it easy to read and looks like they aren’t trying too hard.

I think most of the time new designs or ideas for t-shirts fail because they don’t really make a strong connection to a potential customer. When I saw their “I heart chubby bearded guys” t-shirt, I knew that they would sell some. It’s just funny.

Anyway, success selling t-shirts online often has a lot to do with niches. A lot of times if you try to appeal to everyone, you often appeal to no one. I’m thinking there must be a decent number of women out there with chubby, bearded boyfriends (or husbands) and a sense of humor. (and Facebook so their friends can like them wearing the shirt)

The I would cuddle you so hard” t-shirt is also clever and funny innuendo. If you wear it to a bar or to a party, you’ll probably get some laughs, and maybe even a phone number. (not a good choice for a sausage-fest or boy scout camping trip though) That’s not a bad $20 investment. – buy online at dpcted.storenvy.com


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Ask Not – Patriotic T-shirt

Ask Not T-Shirt

Ask Not T-Shirt

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” – JFK 1962 Full speech

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Ask Not t-shirt

You know, it was really nice to get this “Ask Not” t-shirt in the mail the other day from wearliberally.com. (thanks for the freebie!) The timing really couldn’t be better. Look at our country today. We’ve allowed corporations to take the reigns of our economy, and now we find ourselves in a bit of a quagmire, as we move well past a $14 Trillion deficit. (That number has 12 zeros… write it out, it’s scary)

Of course, after bickering, they will raise the debt ceiling again this month (as it was under Ronald Reagan) and then people will go back to pleading for more tax cuts and freedom to buy $7 pants at Wal Mart.

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An Idea Lives On- JFK T-Shirt

Anyway, our country is in quite the predicament, and pretty soon people will start having to show their actual patriotism, which in this case means sacrifice and contribution. People are already in the streets of cities like Athens, (Greece, not Georgia) so both liberals and conservatives need to start asking ourselves what we can do to make our country better. (besides hoarding gold and demanding more tax cuts, of course)

Although at first glance this t-shirt certainly has a liberal bias, anyone with true patriotism should relate to the meaning. (that goes beyond the Support Our Troops ribbons, ya’ll)

There, I said it. (Although turbulent times do create some good music!) Now check out the t-shirt at wearliberally.com! Use coupon code: POPCULTEE


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Richcorner T-Shirts

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Stephanie Richcorner is a new, small one-woman-label from South Tyrol, the northern part of Italy.

Richcorner stands for soft, comfy T-shirts with a colorful, frisky print and a playful and cheeky wool-pin. All the Richcorner Shirts are made with lots of love and are so comfy you’d swear it was a second skin !

Rockstar” and “Drink” came out in 2011 and are both characterized by the handwriting style, funny sayings, provocative details, small skulls, flowers and lots of water color. The vintage-style Shirts look very easy-going and casual and are made for a confident women which likes playful details and funny things.

Did someone say, Sassy?!

The Rich Shirts are “high-end” as far as t-shirts go, selling for a cool 50 Euros each including shipping. (but wearing one might make you as carefree and sassy as these models?) They come in two different fits, both with a certain pre-used optic.

There is the classic short-sleeved shirt with a round neck, girded collar and destroyed cuffs which gives the shirt a worn-in-look and there is the more feminine, longer A-Line V-neck-shirt in organic cotton. Both shirts exist in the sizes S, M and L. (The worn in look comes from hours of being crawled upon by an Italian model)

Website: stephanie-richcorner.com – An online store isn’t available yet, but an e-mail is enough to order the Rich-Shirts!  Since April you can buy the T-Shirt in the Stephanie Richcorner Facebook Shop & an online store is on the way  🙂


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Series: Zen Master

Any Lakers fans out there? You know I’m one of ’em and so is the people behind Series. Kobe and his team have had amazing season after season with the help of their own personal “zen master”, Phil Jackson. With 11 NBA championships under his belt, no one can argue he isn’t one of the best NBA coaches of all time. In their support, Series created this amazing shirt.

zen master t-shirt

This design is spectacular and subtle, yet very obvious. It’s a winner for sure. I heard there aren’t that many left so if you like Phil and the Lakers, you better act fast.

An acrobatic dunk will make it onto SportsCenter. A simple, unspectacular bounce pass in the rhythm of the offense will not. System basketball has been replaced by players who want to be the system.

Buy Zen Master here for $24

*5/14/11 – Uh oh… Looks like Phil Jackson is living in the moment… and leaving the Lakers!

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