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18 Classic Pop Culture Cars on One Radical T-Shirt

classic cars pop culture t-shirt

inspector gadgetClassic cars of Pop Culture T-shirt: Can you guess them all? In many popular movies and cartoons of the 1980’s, the cars were as big of a character as any of the people. So, why not illustrate the best of them and put them on one t-shirt? (I can’t think of a reason; except that it might take you a week)

If you’re the type of person who likes to have people squint and stare at your chest, this t-shirt might be a good investment, and you’re in luck;

Also interesting to consider that nearly all of the movies that featured memorable automobiles from the 80’s spawned sequels modern remakes; I’m struggling to find one on this design that didn’t! (Maybe that’s all that Howard the Duck needed to be a hit? You know, like a “Duckmobile” or something?)

greased lightning carAlso, the way things are headed, it looks like we might get a modern day remake of The Cold War to go with our remixed 80’s pop culture.

Anyway, if you grew up in the 80’s and think you’re pretty sharp, try naming all of the classic cars featured on this nostalgic shirt. (OK, there are a few automobiles that aren’t from the 80’s mixed in)

I’ve put the answers below, but don’t cheat! Be sure to share this with friends, and see who scores the highest. By the way, I thought that #6 was the hardest; it’s not from the 80’s, so here’s a big clue:

lost show van

Answers: (don’t peek!)

Speed Racer • Jurassic Park • Back to the Future • Toy Story • Ghostbusters • LOST • Scooby Doo • Dukes of Hazzard • Breaking Bad • Inspector Gadget • Dumb and Dumber • Batman • Grease • The Jetsons • Transformers • Flintstones • The Love Bug • The A-Team


Another coupon: Speaking of automobiles, you can get 30% off at Advance Auto Parts + free shipping with this coupon! (Sorry, they don’t carry Delorean parts)

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Clash of The Titans – Retro Tourist T-Shirt

funny clash of the titans t-shirt

clash of the titans movie poster 1981

Coast of the Titans: Visit Joppa: Here’s a pretty sweet design inspired by the original Clash of the Titans movie.

Starting with one of those tropical shirts that tourists wear, designer Hillary White made something pretty cool by incorporating Titans imagery including the bad-ass Kraken, and Pegasus; changing the tropical location to Queen Cassiopeia’s city of Joppa. (hey, maybe she’ll do another one featuring that mechanical owl, Bubo?)

The distressed filter on the design adds to the retro feel, reminding us this tee is clearly based on the original 1981 version of the movie.

Release the Kraken! (sorry, I had to say it) For sale over at teefury for one day.


Need cheap business cards or a deal on custom printing? There are a bunch of coupons over at customprintingdeals.com

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Cool Rubik’s Cube Meltdown T-shirt

melting rubiks cube t-shirt

Melting Rubik’s Cube T-Shirt – What a cool visual in this t-shirt design showing Rubik’s cube melting down. Beyond the visual, this imagery has some nice symbolism in it. Maybe accompanying a story about the meltdown of negotiations in the Middle East or something. To me it symbolizes “entropy,” which is the tendency of things to move from order to chaos. (like an ice cube or the universe itself)

Anyway, I’m probably reading into that too much, but a sweet design. Also, this t-shirt was apparently worn by Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. Nice little tv exposure there. Sold online at glennz.com

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Beast Wreck T-Shirts

Beast Wreck Shirts – Jared from Beast Wreck has made my day with these kick ass t-shirt designs. He describes the style as “A mad-scientist’s concoction of equal parts pop, pulp, rock, and retro…”

obama zombie t-shirt

ZOMBAMA'S REVENGE - obama zombie t-shirt

Obama Zombie – So, takeoffs on the original Obama “HOPE” posters are everwhere. This has to be about the coolest parody I’ve seen though. When asked what the political statement here was, Jared responed, “I’m trying to say is that I have fun with ridiculous parodies of self-important ‘street artists.’ That’s all.” buy it

Kool Aid angry bat t-shirt

KROOL AID - Kool Aid Man Wrecking Sh*t

Friendly mascot for a sugary drink? Hell no! Krool aid is angry, and wielding a bat. Maybe he’s upset at being used as a corporate pawn for so long. (was he laid off in the recent economic downturn?) check it out

bobbafet bounty hunter t-shirt

BOUNTY HUNTER t-shirt

What happens when you cross the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunter and Speed Racer? Something like this bad-ass BOUNTY HUNTER t-shirt

Give him a thumbs-up below, and check out all his awesome t-shirt designs at the beastwreck store!

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Honey Badger Don’t Care T-Shirt

honey badger dont care t-shirtHoney Badger t-shirt at allposters.com
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honey badger dont care tshirtHoney Badger shirt from fivefingertees for $9.99!
*extra 5% off w/ coupon code: fiveoff


honey badger shirt

honeybadger shirt

“This is the honey badger… watch it run in slow motion. It’s pretty bad-ass, look!”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (like a honey badger?) you’ve probably seen the hilarious youtube video called, “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.” The famous clip consists of 3 minutes of video showcasing the fearless honey badger, who apparently kick the asses of poisonous snakes, bees, jackals, & other deadly animals.

The thing that makes it funny, of course, is the addition of a new flamboyant narration. “Oh, the honey badgers are just craaaazy!” Anyway, these phenomenons that go viral and sweep the web are known as internet memes, and with over 18 million views, this honey badger video certainly qualifies.

honey badger t shirt olivia wilde

Olivia Wilde Rocks Honey Badger t shirt

These memes often spawn merchandise from designers or opportunists looking to cash in on these spikes of interest in a certain photo, video, or website. Not a bad idea, if you can get your design out quickly when one of these sweeps the web. If you have a google account, use their free google keyword tool to see just how many searches are being done for these specific phrases. Don’t have time to wait to appear in organic search? Consider using Google adwords to bid on clicks from a nickel each.

You can even find local memes to profit from. A couple of years ago the Phillies won the World Series, and everyone went crazy in my hometown of Philadelphia. After winning, 2nd baseman Chase Utley blurted out the phrase, “World phucking champions!” Within 24 hours, shirts bearing the phrase were being sold online, and I’m sure it was worth their time to create the design.

Next time you see a meme catch on, start to think if you can ride the momentum w/ a good t-shirt design. In the meantime, you can get your own Honey Badger t-shirt at noisebot, crazydog, or a number of other t-shirt sites online. View the actual honey badger video here.

honey badger t-shirtHoney Bager Don’t Care shirt from crazydog

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Stanley Kubrick by Stanley Chow

Kubrick t-shirt - Stanley Chow

social fabrik

another social fabrik design

It’s always nice to find a surprisingly good submission to popculturetees. That was the case today with the inspiring designs of the talented artist Stanley Chow, including this tribute to Stanley Kubrick sold through UK-based socialfabrik.

This t-shirt is a tribute to (not Jesus) maverick film director Stanley Kubrick; director of films like Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, and others. (although only a total of 13 films)

Stan Chow is a Manchester-based illustrator who has much of his impressive work on display at his website. Although this is the only t-shirt design that I can find of his, you can browse through his great illustrations at: stanley chow illustration

stevie wonder poster

stevie wonder poster

magnum pi illustration

magnum pi - moustache tribute

If you like Stanley Chow’s illustrations, give him a thumbs-up below!


Coupons: $5 off Magazines.com coupon code

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Nowhere Bad T-Shirts

"Clash of the Titans"

Daily deal sites are all the rage online, and the t-shirt world is no exception. While you probably know of sites like teefury, there are also smaller sites that feature some pretty cool designs from independent artists.

 

Origin of the species

Origin of the Species

Nowhere bad features one new t-shirt design for sale every 72 hours before the t-shirt is retired from their site.  There seems to be a sci-fi theme to a lot of their t-shirts, as they touch on some of our favorite genres: monkeys, star wars, and robots.

Anyway, check out their site at nowherebad.com or feel free to weigh in below on the age-old question of who would win in a fight between Boba Fett and a T-Rex. – Personally, I think Bobab Fett would just hover around and tee off on a dinosaur, but maybe I’m wrong.


Coupon: new vistaprint coupons

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Gangsta Cat T-Shirts

Gangsta Cat T-Shirts – Came across these cat t-shirts designed by Dustin Canalin. Always nice to see a backlash against the piles of “cute” cat merchandise festooned across the internet.

cat compton t-shirtCat – Compton t-shirt

cat run dmcCat – Hella Fresh T-shirt

cat machine gun t-shirtcat – me against the world

These gangsta cat t-shirts are approved by Chairman Meow, and are being sold at upperplayground.com – you can click on a link above to view them.

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