5 Punk Bands and Their Stories

The Clash

 A famous quote by bass guitarist Paul Simonon after breaking his bass in the NY Palladium 1979. "The show had gone quite well," says Simonon, "but for me inside, it just wasn't working well, so I suppose I took it out on the bass. If I was smart, I would have got the spare bass and used that one, because it wasn't as good as the one I smashed up."

Paul Simonon was known for not just his music but for his performance on stage. He would often swing his bass around to draw the attention of the audience.  The picture above is the actual bass guitar that is on the over of London Calling in which he smashed.This guitar is now displayed in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.




Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols are most known for their punk music, attitude and of course Sid Vicious being arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in a Manhattan Hotel. The band has a dark history. Sid not only murdered his girlfriend but had made more then one attempt of suicide and other attacks and arrests. When he died a suicide note was left saying  "We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots Goodbye." He was never buried next to her because she was buried at a Jewish cemetery which would not allow non-Jews to be buried there.

The Sex Pistols were too much for the media at times and some of their songs were banned because of their explicit content. "God Save the Queen" was banned by the BBC but this didn't stop it from becoming a hit song. "Anarchy in the Uk" also became an anthem of the late 70's for angry masses. It's clear to say that their music start a movement in punk music to make it more aggressive.

Bad Brains

Did you know that the Bad Brains were originally a Jazz Fusion band called Mind Power? Their music now is influenced by Reggae beats and Heavy Punk riffs. Their sound was influenced by artists like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Dead Boys  but also Bob Marley who they became obsessed with after seeing him live in a concert. They also were called Soul Brains for a while which fit their reggae roots. They settled for the name Bad Brains after the song Bad Brains by The Ramones. Bad Brains had made an influence over the hardcore punk movement with a reggae influence which brought something new to the punk seen. Bands like 311, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers were all influenced by Bad Brains.


The Ramones

The Ramones are known for influencing the punk rock movement in the 70s. Despite conflicts between Joey and Johnny Ramone regarding difference of life style as well as Johnny taking Joeys girlfriend the band was an success to the punk movement. This band had a lot going against them because of the many conflicts including threats and the many personality clashes of the members it's not surprising they ended in 96 after switching members multiple times. People loved the catchy simple music they wrote. Their music was influenced by a pop sound, movies, Andy Warhol, and "childish innocents."

Joan Jett

She is known as the Godmother of Punk Rock and is another Hall of Famer. Her first successes were with The Runaways with members Sandy West, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox and Cherie Currie. She was told to take all the profit from her solo music career but she turned this down because she wanted a band which became Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. She went on to become a producer for bands such as Bikini Kills and Circus Lupus and also did background vocals for them. She made appearances with many other bands like The Ramones, Sex Pistols and Foo Fighters. She also did some acting. Later on The Runaways (film) staring Kristen Stewart was made about her life with The Runaways and her solo career following.


Joan Jetts morals: "I am a vegetarian. So I avoid contributing to the major environmental damage that the meat industry creates. I hope that soon we can make sure that everything we do is earth-friendly." -Joan Jett

Our Environmentally Friendly Eco Tees

At Old School Tees we like to help the environment by providing our costumers with environmental tips with each tee. On TeeHuggers t-shirt they not only bring awareness to environmental issues, plant trees for each shirt bought but each tee also provides tips on things we can do to help the environment. Each eco t-shirt comes with eco tips printed on the inside of them.

These fun t-shirts not only look great they are comfortable they also help the earth by planting trees through American Forests conservation organization. Great for any family member or the whole family. Eco Tees
 
 
Check out the inside of the t-shirt tips to helps the environment.
About the American Forests Conservation Organization: This is an organization that plants trees in places that have had serious fires and provides trees to help endangered species have homes. Some of their projects have included reforestation for endangered animals and insects in Michigan and Mexico. They have planted jack pines in Michigan and ponderosa pines in Colorado after a massive fire in 2002 on the Chessman reservoir. American Forests has planted more then 45 million trees since 1990 and helped provide better drinking water by restoring watersheds.American Forests



5 Factors to Consider When Looking for Quality Tees

T-shirts have been in existence since the 19th century and in the 1950s became more popular when Marlon Brando wore it in one of his movies. Fast-forward six decades after and tees are now accepted as office dress codes mostly for IT companies. Being the icons for casual clothing, t-shirts come in different colors and designs and at times, choosing what’s right for you becomes challenging.

What should you look for when buying quality tees?

Material

Most of the tees available in the market are 100% cotton while some a combination of cotton and polyester material. Tees made of cotton are preferable to wear because it is soft and comfortable on the body. However, when it comes to moisture, polycotton works better as it allows evaporation. When it comes to thickness of the fabric, there is really nothing significant about it when it comes to quality but a thicker material looks more expensive and durable while thin fabric looks cheap.

Usage

When shopping for a shirt, it’s imperative to consider the reason you are buying one. If you are looking for a tee to wear for a regular day like going to the movies or seeing friends, a cotton tee will do. On the other hand, if this is a shirt you will use for a game or a sport like running or a gym work out, you should opt for a dri-fit shirt since it does not absorb sweat.

Design

A t-shirt is part of your fashion statement. It is also a piece of clothing you want to wear because of its design. Some may have no print on it but most have logos or designs either at the front or at the back. These are known as graphic tees. Depending on the type of your personality, you can wear movie tees, hip hop shirts and ones with your favorite cartoon character or super hero. These are more casual than others and the bigger and bolder the graphics are, the more they become casual-looking. Quality tees with designs are those that use non-toxic paints and prints.

Style

Tees come in different styles, from crew necks to tank tops. If you want a classic tee, a crew collar is the best choice especially if you have a long neck and a slight build body frame. It also is proportionate to a person with narrow face. Conversely, the V-neck is more visual and better for a shorter individual. It looks better on men with wider and larger faces.

Color

Basically, the perfect color for a tee depends on your skin tone but it is still best to know how different colors can affect how you look. A white tee is classic and great to be paired with jeans while navy exudes sharpness. Gray can also be a flattering color and is a neutral tone. A black shirt is great to wear at night since it can easily absorb the heat coming from the sun during the day. Other shirt colors include red, green, orange, neon and brown.

Although price is also a significant factor when it comes to quality, there are tees available now that are not necessarily expensive but made with quality.

7 Top Tee Designs for Geeks

Tees have evolved from being an undergarment to becoming a popular piece of clothing used by people of all shapes, sizes and personalities. From being an effective marketing tool to a way to express oneself, t-shirts will be here to stay.
People wear tees with all kinds of prints, from their favorite movie characters to their favorite sports. Moreover, different types of people also love wearing shirts that convey who they are like the band, nerd and geek shirts.
What are the top tees for geeks? There are hundreds of geek shirt designs out there and picking which makes the cut on the top list can be quite challenging. Perhaps, it’s best to select the ones that will speak for themselves by way of what is printed on them.

1. GEEK
One of the first geek shirts had the word “Geek.” on it. This might be the one to top the list because it says it all. No drum rolls, no frills but straight to the point.

2. There are 10 types of people…
This has been a private joke people who have taken courses in programming and IT. Now, it can be worn by anyone who wants to prove a point about the type of person he or she is. The geek shirt reads, “There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don’t. If you don’t get the joke, you are probably not a geek.

3. There’s no place like 127.0.0.1
Those who are not geeks might not understand what this stands for. Even if you use a computer but are not tech savvy and do not know the difference between a dial-up and broadband, you will not have an idea what this is. But for those who set up internet connections for family or as part of their job description, this shirt rocks!

4. Keep Out of Direct Sunlight 
Geeks can be found in their rooms and venues where games and competitions for computer wizards are held instead of outdoor places. This is why they are known for their pale color since time immemorial.

5. Try  Another Hole
This shirt might seem a little sexy but it really isn’t. This is more as an advice with a funny ring to it. Good thing this geeky attire has figures of different computer ports on it from, serial ports to USB ports.

6. Power
The design on this shirt is not actually a text but a “power” button. Whether in reel and real life, geeks are considered nerds and sometimes bullied by their classmates. These geeks in the movies are often seen with thought bubbles popping out about how the tides will turn and they will have power over these bullies.

7. I  <3 MY Geek
Yes, Virginia, geeks have girlfriends, too. Although not all do because they are either shy or simply too busy for this stuff, there are nice and pretty girls who fall for nice and smart geeks.
 There is a plethora of geek shirts available and picking the right one can indeed be difficult. But definitely, there is one perfect for you or the person you want to give it to.

Favorite tees with attitude

Tees are your fashion essentials that contribute to casual and effortless style. There is nothing better than enjoying your day in a comfortable tee and rocking the night by pairing it with the perfect jacket. What could possibly replace tees and their convenience? Some of the tees that have been extremely trendy and remain that way include those related to famous rock artists and bands. If you want to have a wardrobe that shouts out of the mundane crowd, you can simply include these tees in your attire and be unique.
The tees with Ozzie Osborne are amazingly casual and effortless. They stay super sexy and edgy no matter what you pair with it. You can wear such a shirt in different colors and pair it with your favorite denims and a nice leather jacket. You are ready for any party in town! These tees enable you to take a risk, be expressive and stay amazingly cool no matter how little time you have to dress up.

Maybe you like your rock a little more country? No one can deny the sheer degree of cool that Johnny Cash emanates! There certainly seems to be a theme among all rock Gods of flipping the bird! The photo on this t-shirt was taken when photographer Jim Marshall asked Johnny Cash to ‘do a shot for the warden’ whilst he was at San Quentin Prison in 1970 to perform for the inmates. It wasn’t until 1998 that this image went viral…well, if going viral existed back then!






Andy Warhol designs

 Clothing is the best way of expression these days. If you’re a die hard rock band fan, there is nothing better sporting a tee that says so. Why not put on your casual tee that retells your story about your choice of music and art. Guess what, we are here to offer you the perfect tee guide to tell your story about music genres. Why not put on your favorite tees that represent Andy Warhol designs? These are effortlessly fashionable and retain a casual sense of style. They make you want to stay cozy in them all day!

This licensed Rolling Stones t-shirt features an image of the classic and memorable Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Album cover. Andy Warhol’s brilliant mind was the power behind this album cover, and featured a working zipper that revealed..well…you guessed it, a pair of white undies!
The tees are extremely casual to wear and can be paired with just about anything. You can simply put on a jacket and a pair of jeans to go with your Andy Warhol tee. You can even try wearing the Velvet Underground T-shirt which is a representation of your love and emotional attachment to crazy pop and rock music. Those were the best of times when such music was produced. Indulge in the timelessness of rock music genre and stay cool with the amazement in music created by it. Let the rock music ripple through your skin when you wear clothes that represent it.

Who knew a banana could be so recognizable? Yet everyone knows this banana as a painting by Andy Warhol, who managed Velvet Underground at the time of the band’s debut album.




Top 10 Classic Movie Tee Shirts

Movie tees make a statement and show you passion or sense of humour.  Shirts from movies like, Forest Gump or Anchorman can let people know a little about what you like and enjoy. They are great conversation starters at work, school or gatherings.  Old School Tees has hundreds of movie t-shirts to choose from, but the following is our list of the top ten most popular Movie Tees. These are the classic movies tees of the last 50 years that can really get people talking about good times and pouring out the movie quotes. 

Number 10: Rocky

Rocky Vintage tee

Comment:  The movie about the underdog working class fighter from Philadelphia started The Rocky franchise that included 6 movie releases and grossed over One Billion dollars at the box office.
Years: 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1990, and 2006
Quote:  I just got one thing to say... to my wife at home: Yo, Adrian! I DID IT!

Number 9: Goonies

Goonies Movie T-shirt

Comment:  The adventure comedy for the child in all of us.
Year: 1985
Quote:  Goonies Never Die

Number 8: Back to the Future

Back to the Future t-shirt

Comment:  Science fiction, comedy and Americana come together to make one of the most enjoyable and iconic movies of all time!
Year: 1985
Quote:  Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

Number 7: National Lampoons

National Lampoon Vacation t-shirt


Comment:  Three great comedy films about the Griswold Family road trips and the ridiculous situations they get in.  If you have ever been on a family vacation, you get it!
Year: 1983, 1985, 1989
Quote:  Everybody in the car... or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?

Number 6: The Breakfast Club

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Comment:  Five high school students that fill the stereotypical roles we all know from high school in the 80’s.
Year: 1985
Quote:  You're a neo maxi zoom dweebie.


Number 5: The Blues Brother

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Comment:  This movie has it all - comedy, performances from blues greats and the record for most police cars crashed in a single movie at 60.  
Year: 1980
Quote:  We’re on a mission from God.

 

Number 4: JAWS


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Comment:  The ultimate beach thriller about man eating sharks still keeps us all scanning the water for the menacing  dorsal fin of the great white shark.    
Year: 1975
Quote:  I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat!

Number 3: Karate Kid


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Comment:  This may be the most predictable movie on this list, but we can all rejoice in seeing the former weakling train hard and rise up to kick the bully’s ass.    
Year: 1984
Quote:  Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off  

Number 2: The Big Lebowski


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Comment:  The Big Lebowski is unique on this list in a few ways.  It is the most recent film and the only film from the 1990’s. The movie is a cult classic with rabid fans, many of which attend Lebowski Fests.
Year: 1998
Quote:  Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

 

Number 1: Star Wars

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Comment:  With seven feature films and no end in sight, Star Wars is on the top of our list of the top ten best Movies tees!  This rich science fiction drama continues to produce great themes and graphic for t-shirts. Old School Tees currently stocks over 40 designs of Star Wars t-shirts.   Many Fans collect Star Wars T-shirts and have tens or even hundreds of these t-shirts.  
Year: 1977
Quote:  May the Force be with you.

Movie tees never get dull. With so many to choose from you could literally have a different one for each evening of the week, depending on what sort of mood you are in – playful, romantic, thrilling, or even musical like Rocky Horror Picture Show. And you get free shipping for orders worth $30.



Put a Cool Tee Shirt at the Center of Your Look!

At Old School Tees, we sell many t-shirt with great designs and cool messages. These tees are just screaming to be showcased at the center of your outfit!  And it can be so much fun to pair them with more fun accessories.

Here is a tee with graphics from Maurice Sendak, who illustrated and wrote one of the classics of children's literature, "Where the Wild Things Are."  We paired this tee with casual denim, cotton sneakers and a growling bear necklace. If you love animals, you may already have the right accessories to go with this "Lets Get Wild" tee




Summertime is the best time to wear white t-shirts and tanks. And you don't need to be Snow White to pull it off.  This Blanche Neige t-shirt adds a little more sophistication to the Disney version of the fairy tale princess. Of course, Snow White dates back to 1812 and the first edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales. In this collection, the Vintage Disney tee is paired with white high top sneakers and shredded denim shorts.  You will light up the room in this ensemble.




Science and art collide in this great look for spring or fall. At the center of this outfit is the Big Lebowski Vitruvian Man tee. The shirt features a new take on the iconic da Vinci drawing that illustrates how man's proportions are scientifically balanced, and reflects the Renaissance pursuit of mastering both art and science. The hooded cover up is the Big Bang Theory Atom Zipper Hoodie. The green lace up sneakers tie together the whole earth tone look. This look is smart, casual, a little bit preppie.  




These are are just three different looks to give a few ideas on mixing and matching tees, pants and accessories.   I hope you can find a tee shirt to express your individual style and be the centerpiece of creating your unique look!.


Best T-shirts for the Rocker Chic look




Do you prefer to wear comfy t-shirts, but are not sure how to dress them up for a night out on the town? No worries, you can wear your t-shirt and rock evening chic!

When it comes to dressing up Tees for the evening, there are countless things you can do to look fab rather than drab.

Here are some of the top ways dress up the classic vintage tee…

Switch Up the Footwear

You may look cute in your Converse sneakers by day, but some classier leopard printed high tops or black pumps are better suited for evening wear.

Depending on your activities, you don’t have to go with stilettos to make that skinny jean and t-shirt combo pop. Statement wedges and colorful flats are fab options too!

Denim skinnies and a great graphic Tee, like this Blondie tee will look fantastic with leopard printed high tops!  Can you say, Rocker Chic!




Think Outside the Box

Skinny Jeans are not the only pairing for “night out” tees. Why not try a sparkly skirt or even a dress!

Get creative. Graphics tees make a great pairing over many LBDs. Add some booties and Bam, an attention-grabbing outfit that will show you are your own person!

Can the Beetles handle shimmer? You’ll never know if you don’t give it a go. A grey shimmery skirt paired with an awesome Beetles T-Shirt. You may just surprise yourself and pull off that runway look!


A fashion look from March 2014


Add Classy Statement Pieces

Oh, how a girl does love her accessories! This is where fedoras, bracelets, and clutches shine. Eclectic jewelry like beaded headpieces, stackable bangles, and layered necklaces can pump up your look returning the laid back tee to classy.

A dainty clutch like the classic Chanel with its gold chain is a perfect pairing for the evening rocker with a girly side. Who says band T-Shirts can’t love Chanel!

Jackets are another fun experiment. The versatility of T-Shirts, allows them to look super cute with everything from jean jackets, and leather to more structured blazers.

So, whether you are heading to the theatre or club, you can dress up your t-shirts to be comfy and fabulous! A bit of creativity and variety will go a long way to making your wardrobe Rocker Chic.

Play around, have fun and look amazing in the process!


Everyone can have fun wearing Cartoon Tees

Is your wardrobe looking a little…boring? Is it lacking color, graphics and design? Maybe it’s time you add some fun and youthful tees to your closet! Our cartoon t-shirts come in many different  colors, cuts and styles. Men and women can find an officially licensed t-shirt they can't, and shouldn’t, live without! 

Cartoons and Cartoon tees are on the rise! Many of your favorite characters from classic TV are coming to life on these one of a kind Cartoon Tees. Many colors and designs are available; you may just end up with more than one. Remember we offer free shipping on orders over thirty dollars and a thirty-day return policy!

Whether you are looking for Snoopy and Woodstock or Mickey Mouse, we have a shirt for you. Browse our large cartoon selection with characters you might have forgotten about! Some are vintage and some are modern, all will fit any fashion taste.

Have a special someone in mind? We have old cartoons and new ones for anyone and any age on your list! A Beavis and Butthead tee for that Cornholio fan or good old Odie from Garfield for your personal wingman. Your favorite Loony Toons, South Park characters, Adventure Time’s Jake and Finn, Futurama, and even Inspector Gadget fill our stock and the list goes on and on.

Seven pages of all types of Cartoon tees just for you! Wear out with friends, on a casual date, to school; really anywhere you want. These tees are easy to wear and fun for everyone.




Here are two outfit ideas to look good in a classic cartoon  t-shirt.