Graphic T-shirts go above and beyond your regular, run-of-the-mill tee. They can tell a story, mobilize a movement, memorialize someone, celebrate an achievement, support a sports team or back a band. But they can be just plain fun, too, or feats of graphic design teetering on fine art. And it's no stretch to say there's one out there for everyone.
As such, we asked our staff to sift through their own digital shopping carts to pick the printed tees they've eyeing lately. Below you'll find a tour tee for a trio of young rappers, an ode to a designer and his most famous New York Magazine cover, a beautiful bootleg and a bunch more.
"Full Court Press made shirts for an Earl Sweatshirt Pop Up to commemorate the NBA Leather Tour, Earl's tour with Action Bronson, that feature NBA players Charlie Villanueva, Dikembe Mutombo and Craig Hodges. It's a wild mash up of obscure players and tour dates." — Evan Richards, Graphic Designer
"Whether the tees feature a hyper-niche Texas inside joke, a movie reference only real heads know or a bizarre take on Mickey Mouse, Fine Southern Gentlemen make some of the coolest, weirdest tees around. They also do a ton of sick bootleg band tees, like this one." — Will Porter, Commerce Writer
"I dig the old cartoon design, but I love the heavy jersey cotton material used to make this shirt. And while this might make me a dork, I do appreciate the already-vintage look of the shirt, achieved through enzyme and silicone washing." — Will Price, Editor
"Mister Green's Nuclear Arms tee appears to be a bootleg 80s Anti-War pin but holds an especially relevant message given recent current events. The vegetable green colorway is unique and fun." — Evan Richards, Graphic Designer
"This tee by Sam Jayne (under his brand, Jam) has the same graphic on both sides, but one is white (the front) while the other is blue (the back)." — Evan Malachosky, Assistant Editor
"I've been rocking Only since I was in high school, popping into its store in the Lower East Side to browse through its graphic tees. The obsession hasn't stopped, especially when it continues to put out heat like this tee featuring the Milton Glaser's old artwork from the cover of a 1969 issue of 'New York Magazine.'" — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor
"This was originally a blue Valentine's Day tee, but its sentiment works year-round: 'I'd be sad and blue if not for you.'" — Evan Malachosky, Assistant Editor
"Grape snow cones and bootleg tees. Vinyl Ranch makes a number of winners, but this one sits at the top." — John Zientek, Editor
"Everyone needs to pay attention to the limited runs that Online Ceramics produces. The Laraaji collection! I love everything about it, but particularly the tie-dye tee. IYKYK." — Matt Pastorius, Business Development Manager
"Made on high-quality blanks cut and sewn in the USA and adorned with hand-drawn scenes of the American west, One of These Days Co. is the brainchild of fine artist Matt McCormick, who thinks a tee can and should be an actual piece of art. And honestly, these tees are." — Will Porter, Commerce Writer
"The L.L. Bean x Todd Snyder collection yet again made me want to drop lots of money I don't have and never spend on clothing. One low-key great (affordable) item from the latest iteration of this wonderful collab is this graphic tee homage to the greatness of the Bean Boot. I haven't copped it yet but now that it's on sale and I won't be caught being super meta in my Bean Boots while wearing this tee, I might finally pull the trigger." — Ryan Brower, Senior Commerce Editor
"The heads will know — plus, it has the look and feel of a vintage shirt." — John Zientek, Editor
"Not only do I love the playful horror-lite aesthetic of the plastic vampire teeth graphic and the nostalgia-inducing glow-in-the-dark print, but this tee is also both soft and durable and has become perhaps my favorite go-to T-shirt." — Sean Tirman, Commerce Writer
"Whim Golden Tee: a tee for the best arcade game of all time. Steering wheels and guns are fun but teeing off with the golden tee trackball is unmatched!" — Evan Richards, Graphic Designer
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