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100. The Max

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No restaurant saw more acid-wash jeans, crop tops, or charity dances than “the Max” on the teen TV hit “Saved By the Bell.” This is one of many t-shirts that became real-world iconic because of its fictional prominence in pop culture.

99. YOLO

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A mantra started in by the rapper Drake, YOLO (an acronym for “You Only Live Once”) was a nominee for 2012 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society. It can now be seen on t-shirts sold by street vendors all over the country.

98. The Neon Tee

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Pink, orange, yellow, and green! It’s the ’80s fashion trend that’s come back in style in a major way. Popular with runners and great for any group traveling to a populated area, a bright neon tee makes you & your group stand out clearly.

97. Coed Naked

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Famous for turning any sport or activity into one you can do in the buff, these shirts and their slogans were popular amongst high school & college athletes in the ’80s and ’90s. Some were even involved in lawsuits by the ACLU in defense of free speech.

96. Austin 3:16

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Austin 3:16 was created by the iconic WWF/WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin after beating Jake “The Snake” Roberts in a historic match in 1996. Austin coined the phrase, mocking Roberts’ recital of John 3:16 before matches, saying the bible verse got him nowhere.

95. Stussy

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This streetwear brand got its start in 1980 by Shawn Stussy after he put his last name on t-shirts to promote his custom surfboards. Thirty-plus years later, the brand is still popular – just more mainstream and a tad less edgy.

94. Camouflage

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Whether being used by the military on the battlefield, by hunters in the woods, or as part of a new trend on the fashion runway, the Camouflage t-shirt never seems to to go out of style.

93. Rainbow Brite

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Isn’t she just adorable? A cartoon about psychedelic color kids, talking rainbow horses, and whatever Twink was. You don’t get much more ’80s than this. The t-shirt gained fame more from an ironic-teen movement than actual fandom.

92. Metallica

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While Metallica is certainly a popular band in its own right, it was one of America’s most-iconic doofuses who made this t-shirt truly iconic. Or as Butt-Head might say, “Nice shirt Beavis. Uh huh huh huh.”

91. Cookie Monster

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C is for COOKIE, that’s good enough for me. T is for T-SHIRT, iconic it will be. Born in 1966, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster has been craving carbs for 46 years, with no end in sight.

90. Don’t Mess With Texas

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From anti-littering campaign to unofficial state motto, “Don’t Mess with Texas” is proof that a great slogan can take on a life of it’s own. Commisioned by the Texas Department of Transportation, over the next 28 years the saying grew to near cult status.

89. Big Dogs

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Founded in 1983, the Big Dogs brand of clothing became really BIG in the early ’90s with the release of their racy slogan t-shirts. Their first slogan “Man, these puppies are BIG” says it all. Ruff, ruff.

88. Anarchy symbol

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What do black cats, wooden shoes, and safety pins have in common? ANARCHY. An evolving message since the turn of the century, the symbol became popular stateside through early 1970′s punk rock.

87. Choose Life

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Worn by Wham! in its “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” video, the design was an early foray into social messaging on t-shirts. Designed by Katharine Hamnett to fight back against drug abuse and suicide, this & other Hamnett designs fused social issues and fashion.

86. Woodstock Festival

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Though originals of this classic are very rare, the Woodstock Festival t-shirt design remains etched in American minds, as it perfectly captures the spirit of the time: Peace, Love and Music.

85. nWo

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A hugely popular wrestling contingent from 1996-2001, first in the WCW and then the WWF, the New World Order (nWo) was comprised of wrestlers such as Kevin Nash, Sting, Randy Savage, and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.

84. Mighty Mouse

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Here he comes to save the day! Airing off and on from 1942 to 1987, this super-powered rodent fought everything from alley cats to animated Nazi’s. What a mouse. WHAT A MOUSE!

83. FBI

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Whether for Federal Bureau of Investigation enthusiasts or Female Body Inspectors (yes, that is the other meaning), these shirts are sold ALL OVER the place. And bought by many a tourist.

82. Union Jack

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The stripes of Great Britain gained popularity stateside via Brit bands such as The Sex Pistols and Def Leppard. Def Leppard’s Joe Eliot frequently donned the sleeveless tee in concert. The Union Jack shorts, however, did not catch on. And we can all be thankful for that.

81. Property of …

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A classic case of function becomes fashion. USC printed “Property of USC” on their athletic t-shirts to prevent theft. Decades later, “Property of …” t-shirts are standard fare in most college bookstores, um, we mean websites.

80. Obey

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Before finding meteoric fame during the 2008 Presidential Election, Shepard Fairey first became known as an iconic street artist. Originally a sticker campaign, his Obey Giant works blossomed into a full line of art and apparel.

79. Notre Dame

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French in name, Irish in spirit, the University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team is legendary. Formed in 1887, the team was named Forbes most valuable college football contingent in 2007.

78. Punisher Skull

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The ultimate antihero, The Punisher appeared for the first time in 1974 in The Amazing Spiderman comic #129. His black shirt with large white skull on the chest is so fierce, the original had bullets for teeth.

77. KISS

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Starchild, The Demon, Space Ace, and Catman. KISS has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and legitimized rocking out in platform shoes and leather.

76. Garth’s Aerosmith Shirt

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The awkward, soft-spoken member of the dynamic dweeb duo on Wayne’s World gave Aerosmith an extra injection of popularity with this tee. Though Garth’s was probably a bit more faded and stain-ridden.

75. Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was sung by Bobby McFerrin in September 1988, and became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

74. Brew Thru

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An east-coast favorite from the Outer Banks, NC, this drive-thru beer store has sold over 4 million colorful shirts since they opened in 1977 — each year releasing a unique one. And yes, we just said “drive-thru beer store.”

73. Bart Simpson

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Don’t have a cow man. It’s just your favorite spiky haired troublemaker (the one and only) Bart Simpson, whose cartoon shirts were owned by just about every eleven year old in the 1990s.

72. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Turtles on the halfshell, turtle power!” How can you not love four butt-kicking turtles named Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael?

71. Planet Hollywood

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A themed restaurant chain backed by the Hollywood action elite? What could go wrong? Planet Hollywood opened in 1991 and while over 100 locations have closed, 9 are still operating by a theme park near you.

70. I Survived …

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If you can eat it, ride it or visit it, chances are you can get an “I Survived …” t-shirt at the gift shop. This iconic design has spawned infinite incarnations for just about any experience that doesn’t kill you.

69. Hulkamania

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An icon in the ring, and an icon on our list, Hulk Hogan defined a segment of popular culture. Between 1983 and 2012 Hogan spearheaded an entire genre of entertainment, which spanned from TV to movies to apparel (mostly of the ripped variety).

68. Hello, Kitty!

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Hello, Japan. Hello, 1976. Hello, 5 billion dollar media empire. It’s Hello Kitty! Over the past 37 years, the Hello Kitty! brand has gone global with t-shirts and apparel a huge part of its success.

67. Alvin’s A

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Not only are Alvin & The Chipmunks the world’s most prolific rodent singing group, they’re also the longest living. Alvin’s “A” shirt takes center stage on our list… Sorry Simon and Theodore.

66. Transformers – Autobots Logo

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There’s something to robots from outer space that can turn into cars and trucks. And this Autobot logo t-shirt shows just why. From cartoon series to billion dollar movie blockbuster, these “robots in disguise” rock.

65. We Can Do It!

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Commissioned by Westinghouse Company, J. Howard Miller created a series of posters to help boost morale during WWII. Commonly conflated with Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post cover featuring Rosie the Riveter, both have become iconic images for WWII and women’s rights.

64. Led Zeppelin

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Other than the Beatles, no rock band has made fans more ga ga than Led Zeppelin. The band’s logo for their Swan Song record label became just as iconic as frontman Robert Plant’s wails and lead guitarist Jimmy Page’s rhythmic riffs.

63. Lennon’s New York City

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This shirt was bought from a street vendor for $5 shortly before the photoshoot of John Lennon that made it famous. Bob Gruen, the photographer wanted Lennon to show what being a New Yorker meant to him. Lennon then crossed his arms & said the pose was “his street stance.”

62. John Deere

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The gold standard in tractors and farm equipment, John Deere has made the colors green & yellow their own with their iconic logo. Pair it with a shirt or a hat and boom, now everyone likes farming.

61. Jesus is My Homeboy

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Inspiration for fashion photographer David LaChapelle’s Last Supper art exhibit, the Jesus is my Homeboy’s shirt is quite captivating. While LaChapelle is known for making the shirt famous, Van Zan Frater vows he is the shirt’s original creator.

60. Green Lantern

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“In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!” -The Green Lantern Oath

59. French Connection United Kingdom (fcuk)

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A global fashion retailer based in London, French Connection knew it hit marketing gold when they added the letters “UK” for the United Kingdom to the company letters “FC”. We know it’s controversial, but it sure is eye-catching.

58. Yo! MTV Raps

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Remember when MTV had shows about music? “Yo! MTV Raps” ran from 1988 to 1995, but it’s pop art logo has stood the test of time.

57. Where’s the Beef?

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Octogenarian Clara Peller had some major beef (or lack thereof) with the size of burger patties. You knew when a simple slogan rose to enter Presidential politics that Wendy’s was onto something.

56. Thundercats

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Spaceships? Check. Cat-like humanoid aliens fighting interstellar battles? Check. Lion-O, Cheetara and the gang? Check. The Thundercats dominated Saturday Mornings from 1985 to 1989, and produced a sick logo t-shirt to boot. “Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! ThunderCats, HO!”

55. Nirvana Smiley Face

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Kurt Cobain and Nirvana took the historic “Have a Nice Day” smiley face seen on bumper stickers and t-shirts, and turned it into a grungeified logo for their merchandise. The rest is rock ’n’ roll t-shirt history.

54. Hello, My Name Is …

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Now you don’t need a sticker to let strangers know who you are. You can just wear this handy t-shirt! This witty design is likely the brainchild of someone who’d suffered through one too many insurance seminars or self-help conferences.

53. Captain America

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Lone white star. Blue bulls eye. Red and white rings. Step aside baseball, hot dogs, apple pie. This is what hard-core Americana should look like. This t-shirt remains one of the more powerful patriotic expressions to capture young minds.

52. Boston Red Sox

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Yankees fans will squirm, but the Red Socks are a combination of cute and cool that mixed with their legendary underdog story, make this a shirt any fan would wear.

51. Rock the Vote

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Started for the 1992 Presidential Campaign as a youth voter outreach program and to promote free speech, the Rock the Vote movement has had a huge impact on young voters.

50. The Flash

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What could be cooler than a big ol’ shiny, gold lightning bolt on your chest? Uh, running at the speed of light, thank you very much.

49. Abbey Road

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The Beatles final album cover showing John, Paul, George, and Ringo crossing Abbey Road has become a badge of Beatlemania, and when put on a t-shirt, you’ve got them all back together right on your chest.

48. The Godfather

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From Mario Puzo’s critically-acclaimed novel to Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film, The Godfather has helped foster America’s fascination with the Mafia. Since then it’s become a cultural phenomenon, and the white title logo of Don Corleone on a black shirt makes it a very cool wearable movie poster.

47. Make 7 Up Yours

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The front: Make 7. The back: Up Yours. This juvenile play on the “Un-Cola” slogan of the time (Make 7Up Yours) made this shirt good for a chuckle and a smile.

46. Bazinga!

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In the winter, a t-shirt snug enough to keep warm and yet not so tight to cause perspiration. In the summer, light enough to catch the cross breeze from windows there and there. Sheldon Cooper’s comic genius immortalized in cotton.

45. adidas

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A portmanteau of founder’s name Adi Dassler, ADIDAS was founded in Germany and went on to become one of the world’s foremost sporting brands. You can still believe it stands for All Day I Dream About Sports. We won’t tell anyone.

44. Save Ferris

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“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in awhile. You could miss it.” Ohhhh yeahhh.

43. Peace Frogs

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Peace Frogs originally started as a company selling a line of multi-colored international flag shorts. The reason they adopted the frog logo was because the frog just so happens to be recognized as a symbol of peace and good luck.

42. Legends of the Hidden Temple

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Over the moat and through the Steps of Knowledge, to Olmecs head we go! Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas. Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots and Silver Snakes marked competitors on Nickelodeans Legends of the Hidden Temple.

41. Jack Daniels

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The historic Tennessee Whiskey is not only good for drinking and BBQ marinades — it’s iconic label is pretty cool to wear on your chest too. A classic American brand that’s got a nose for merchandising.

40. Bikini

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Elegant. Tasteful. Classy. Three words never used to describe this immortal counterpart to the other famous faux apparel tee, the Tuxedo t-shirt.

39. Hypercolor

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The Hypercolor T-shirt, created in the ‘80s, reaches its all-time peak selling more than $50 million worth of shirts in a four-month period.

38. Mud Smiley Face

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For some reason, Forrest Gump decided to go for a little run. So he ran to the end of the Road. And when he got there, he thought he’d maybe run to the end of town. Eventually he ran into an ocean and had to turn around, but on the way he just happened to create one of the most iconic t-shirt designs, the Smiley Face T.

37. Three Wolves Howling at the Moon

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The Meryl Streep of Amazon Reviews, this entry just keeps on giving. A delightful collection of absurd mock reviews catapulted this t-shirt into Internet fame and it remains a staple of t-shirt culture.

36. No Fear

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Quite popular in the mid ’90s (during the rise of extreme sports), No Fear shirts show off catchy slogans about living life on the edge and defying death. Pair that with an sharp-eyed, intense logo and you had yourself quite the t-shirt trend.

35. CBGB

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Open from 1973 to 2006, CBGB (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues) was a pillar of the New York City music scene. Located at 315 Bowery, the club hosted acts from Blondie to the Beastie Boys, The Misfits to Talking Heads. It is now a John Varvatos retail store.

34. Have a Nice Day

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The road to iconic tee was a lot longer than Forrest’s run, starting in 1943 as a Swedish film promo and blossoming as the novelty brainchild of two guys from Philly as “Have a Happy Day” in 1972. Somehow “happy” later got switched to “nice.”

33. Lifeguard

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The near-universal outfit for a lifeguard, this red shirt with a white cross (or white with red) can be seen being worn at beaches and pool facilities all across the U.S. Not to mention, there was this TV show called “Baywatch” …

32. The Ramones

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, punk rock founders, and not a single Ramone by birth among them. The Ramones influence on music history is steadfast, and their iconic logo makes our iconic t-shirt list.

31. Mickey Mouse

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Following the popularity of Mickey Mouse, a Miami-based T-shirt company, Tropix Togs, purchases the exclusive rights to print the figure on a shirt. Emilio Estevez wore one in “The Outsiders” and, boom, it became cool.

30. Coca Cola

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As one of the most recognizable brands in the world, it’s not surprising a Coca-Cola shirt made the list. With its script logo iconic in its own right, Coke has been able to spawn a collection of t-shirts around the world that never seem to go out of fashion.

29. I Want My MTV

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32 years ago, television was like the town from Footloose; void of rock music and ’80s dancing. Enter: MTV. Over the past three decades MTV revolutionized the airwaves, creating an industry for everything from music videos to bus-based dating shows.

28. Harley Davidson

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What once became synonymous with “Hell’s Angels” turned into a t-shirt for every man, symbolizing the freedom of the open road – on weekends of course, and as long as we’re back in time for dinner and to put the kids to bed.

27. James Dean’s Plain White Tee

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You don’t always need a cause to make a fashion statement. In 1955 James Dean soared to iconic status in Rebel Without A Cause, rocking nothing more than a white shirt and leather jacket.

26. Peace Sign

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All they were saying was “Give Peace a Chance.” And many continue to say it with a t-shirt to this day.

25. Keep Calm and Carry On

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Designed in 1939 to raise British morale during WWII but not publicly displayed until rediscovery in 2000, Keep Calm and Carry On speaks to a new generation of beleaguered masses.

24. ARMY

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Army follows the Navy by introducing the “Quarter Sleeve” shirt, keeping the boys in the Pacific theater cool in the tropical heat.

23. Charlie Brown

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While it could be easy to argue that all of the Peanuts’ gang t-shirts are iconic, none has the impact of the jagged look that embodies the spirit and bum luck of Good Ol’ Charlie Brown.

22. Kiss Me I’m Irish

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Popular on St. Patty’s Day, a promise of additional luck makes any Irishman or woman a true commodity.

21. I’m With Stupid

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… and it was genius. The grandaddy of the directional T-shirt elicited a symphony of juvenile snickers at the expense of thousands of unsuspecting bystanders.

20. Grateful Dead

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The psychedelic phenoms were also social media marketing pioneers, allowing fans to sell unofficial t-shirts outside their shows, as long as they used the official logo.

19. The Tie Dye Tee

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Rit Dye, a core component in tie dye is being phased out. The manufacturer of the product launches a huge marketing blitz aimed at the free-spirited youth of the time, due to the psychedelic colors used in the dyeing process. It catches on with hippies around the U.S. and takes off.

18. … And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

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As custom t-shirts gained popularity as destination-travel gifts, a humorous backlash developed in the form of this saying on t-shirts for nearly every spot imaginable.

17. Ghostbusters

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“When there’s something strange in the neighborhood… Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” Two movies, a couple animated TV series, and a bunch of video games later, the Ghostbusters franchise remains popular to this day. And when you stick their logo on t-shirts, it’s universally recognizable.

16. Bob Marley

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A musical, national, and fashion icon all in one, Bob Marley is a superstar on our list. Selling 25 million copies world wide, responsible for bringing Rastafarianism and reggae to the mainstream, it’s only fitting that his image is immortal.

15. Just Do It – Nike

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Advertising exec Dan Wieden credits his inspiration for this iconic advertising campaign to the final words of a convict before execution. Hey! If he can face the firing squad, you can definitely run that marathon.

14. Frankie Say Relax

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To overrule censoring of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song “Relax,” in 1984, label owner Paul Morley prints “FRANKIE SAY RELAX” on T-shirts. It has become something of an graphical inspiration in recent years, with block letter tees becoming all the rage.

13. AC/DC

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The ultimate Rock & Roll t-shirt. Bob Defrin & Gerard Huerta’s gothic A” and “C” lettertype split with that bold lightning bolt is visually captivating. Pair that with 7 Grammy nods and their 2003 induction into the R&R Hall of Fame and you’ve got your self an iconic band and tee all-in-one.

12. Che Guevara

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A Marxist figure turned commercial fashion statement, there’s a degree of irony in this entry.

11. RUN DMC

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Considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history, Run-D.M.C. started out performing a new type of rap music in the early 80s. Their innovative musical style helped them achieve fame early, and were the first hip-hop group to be nominated for a Grammy and achieve gold-album status. This block letter tee showing off their emblem is bold, memorable, and represents hip-hop in its original form.

10. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

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Wear this entry, play the Wizard of Oz, and just… Woah, man. An iconic image for one of rock’s most emblematic albums, Pink Floyd inspires generations of listeners to try looking to the dark side.

9. D.A.R.E

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In 1983, the International Drug Abuse Resistance Education program spread across the United States, providing free shirts, and what inadvertently has turned into sleepwear for an entire generation of schoolkids.

8. Tuxedo T-Shirt

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The perfect mix of high and low, the tuxedo t-shirt is a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Pair with a fine wool slack for that special occasion, or jeans and chucks for the 80s alternative prom look.

7. Hard Rock Cafe

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If you’ve done any traveling, you’ve probably seen someone wearing a Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt at some point. Each Hard Rock Cafe, along with its vast array of music memorabilia typically sells a shirt with its city name in their gift shop. With over 100 restaurants having opened up all over the world, these shirts have become something of a collectible over the years.

6. Batman

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Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, BATMAN!

5. Superman

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The literal power of this phenomenon can be seen on t-shirts everywhere and with the seemingly endless television & movie remakes in nearly every decade of Superman’s existence, this story (and t-shirt design) isn’t getting old any time soon.

4. Rolling Stones “Lick”

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Alternative album cover for one of the best rock albums of all time, The Rolling Stones’ “Lick” graphic from the Sticky Fingers LP quickly becomes one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most recognizable symbols.

3. COLLEGE

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Providing comic relief in the film Animal House, John Belushi has become something of an icon for college guys everywhere based on his portrayal of oafy fraternity bro, Bluto. A poster of him wearing this shirt (really a sweater) can now be seen on dorm room walls across the country.

2. Vote for Pedro

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Wildly popular after the cult hit movie Napoleon Dynamite was released in 2004, the Vote for Pedro shirt has since gained mass appeal. While it’s a relatively simple design on a white/black ringer tee, the movie created quite a visual imprint during Napoleon’s famous dance scene.

1. I ♥ NY

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In an almost eureka moment, designer Milton Glaser sketches “I ♥ NY” on a napkin and the logo appears on T-shirts soon after. It then becomes one of the most worn t-shirts of all time. And our most iconic!

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arrow83 Responses

  1. 16 mos, 1 wk ago

    How in the world did you leave off the iconic Farah Fawcett T-shirt? Or the Keep on Truckin’ T-shirt?

  2. Adam Levine
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    Stan, funny you mention those. Both shirts made our list of nominations, but fell just short of the Top 100. Farrah Fawcett #111 and Keep on Truckin #104. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Russ Weakland
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    Hyper Color or Vuarnet France shirt? Those were on everyone!

  4. kyle
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    where is no ma’am?

  5. Michael Stamp
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    Vote for Pedro at # 2? That’s somebody’s idea of a joke right?

  6. Anonymous
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    “In 1955 James Dean soared to iconic status in Rebel Without A Cause, rocking nothing more than a white shirt and leather jacket.”

    No… I’m pretty sure he wore pants, too. Maybe… blue jeans. I bet he wore underwear, too.

  7. Anonymous
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    “the bat signal. It is presence on t-shirts has become the calling card of fans worldwide.”

  8. Nitro
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    nWo 4 Life

  9. Dan
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    needs no ma’am and the “who needs tits with an ass like this” one

  10. Dale
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    So the Autobot symbol makes it onto the list and not the far cooler Decepticon one?

  11. MM93
    16 mos, 1 wk ago

    No “I shot J.R” ???????!?

  12. j
    16 mos ago

    No The Black Dog? list fail.

  13. Frog Gentlemen
    15 mos, 4 wks ago

    Vote for Pedro at #2? There’s no way that has proved its influence and staying power better than Batman!

  14. Peter Bolam
    15 mos, 4 wks ago

    Great choice for number one. And no Yankees shirt!!

  15. Arlo Klinger
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    How about the “Everyone Loves A” T-Shirt?

  16. Chad
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Vote for ‘Vote for Pedro’ to be knocked back a very pegs. It is not nearly as influential as any of the shirts preceding Dare. What kid didn’t have a Dare shirt?

  17. Kcoreyedstrom
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    These are almost random.

  18. Kelley
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Che at #12. Iconic by definition, but man, that shirt ticks me off. Nothing like walking around with a racist murderer’s face on your chest.

  19. Paul
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Spuds McKenzie? Where are you?

  20. Rocky Reynolds
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    How can you leave off the So Cal Bullitt Owners shirt>?. Bullitt Mustang the tribute car for the movie Bullitt one of the best Movies that Steve McQueen stared in

  21. 15 mos, 3 wks ago

    where is the spuds mackenzie shirt?

  22. 15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Mickey Mouse! Oh gosh, that swell!

  23. Jim
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Wow! At least 2 Che Guevara T-Shirts! Nice to know that a sociopathic mass-murdering communist is held in such high esteem! Excellent! Not!

  24. Will
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    T&C surfwear? Quicksilver? Blatantly overlooked.

  25. Jarek
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Where can I buy the Rainbow Brite Tee for MEN? That would be a hoot!

  26. Bill
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Your slide show doesn’t work in IE 9, WIndows 7 64-bit

  27. 15 mos, 3 wks ago

    The classic Misfits t-shirt is M.I.A.

  28. Jeff Gregory
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Hi, Bill,
    Apologies for your not being able to view our slide show on your desktop.
    We tested it across numerous devices, browsers and operating systems. Unfortunately, we were unable to get it to work on all of them.
    You can find a vertical scroll version on an iPhone and most Android-based phones.
    Let me know if you aren’t able to view it on a phone.
    We’ll do whatever we can to get you a readable version.

    Cheers!

    Jeff

  29. Bill
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    It does not work and I can not find any vertical scroll

  30. Ellie H
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    NO MICHAEL JACKSON….the most iconic of them all….

  31. Jennifer
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Where can I buy these Tshirts?

  32. 15 mos, 3 wks ago

    I love the Bikini T-shirt (#40)! Makes you feel slim :)))

  33. allen
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    QUEEN OF THE F@%#*!% UNIVERSE ANY QUESTIONS ? , WHY BE , SHIT HAPPENS ! LAMRON ?

  34. Bob
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Can I, uh, buy these? I’m a-clickin, but I can’t find any way to buy ‘em.

    It’s kinda silly if these aren’t for sale…

    b

  35. Fritz
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    A few of these supposedly iconic t-shirts really fail to meet the standard of the definition of the word “iconic.” Sure, the dorks on “Saved by the Bell” had “The Max” t-shirts, but who had one in real life? The Misfits’ Crimson Ghost shirt and the classic ’70s “Keep on Truckin’!” t-shirt should have made the list… and what about “The Warriors?” There are tons of others you could name, too many, in fact. My personal favorite t-shirt is the classic “Gorilla Snot” t-shirt. I thank whatever power governs the universe that Joey Shapiro decided to relaunch the company…and resume t-shirt production.

  36. 15 mos, 3 wks ago

    A nice attempt to pull this together and clearly some refinement could help the list.

    I would vote for the shirt with the muscles printed on it, as well as the one with the skeleton printed on it.

    My mother invented those with her partner in the ’70′s and that was my introduction into the shirt business!

  37. Jeff Gregory
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Thanks, Fred. Very much appreciated coming from an industry veteran such as yourself.

  38. Mark Reed
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Doesn’t work on my system, which is a pretty standard HP Media Center with Windows XP. I read the note about viewing it on a phone but I prefer to use mine as a phone and my computer to view the internet.

  39. CK Patrick
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    Love the list! Your description for the Grateful Dead shirt is a bit off though . . . fans were allowed to sell shirts outside the shows only if they were original works of art – hence the abundance of tie-dyes. Anything with a copyrighted image (especially Grateful Dead copyrights) was at risk of being confiscated.

  40. Jerry Taylor
    15 mos, 3 wks ago

    I love the ghostbusters one #17 ghostbusters all the way…..lol

  41. Charles Jenkins
    15 mos, 2 wks ago

    When I joined the Navy in 1944 they issued skivie shirts to me. After demobilization I found them called T shirts. Still sleep in mine every night.

  42. hoolia
    15 mos, 2 wks ago

    What about the Hooters shirt?!?! I’m not a fan, particularly,but it is iconic.

  43. Capt. J E Wilson
    15 mos, 2 wks ago

    No. 7 should be number one but from Hard Rock in Fukuokay, Japan. I still am amazed that I forgot to buy a t-shirt when I was there. Sound out the city phonetically and you get something that sounds like your saying, well do it yourself. C L Marine surveyors and consultants had a pretty awesome t-shirt also, i guess because I designed it. I’ll put it up for #201.

  44. 15 mos, 1 wk ago

    i might just get that shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Raymond L. Wilder
    15 mos ago

    HI – Apparently you did not receive our T-shirt submission. ” I skied Mt. St. Helens – 5/18/80
    Since this appears to be a problem with our computer, we will send a photo to the Living section of the Oregonian
    by snail mail.

  46. Adam Levine
    15 mos ago

    Hi Raymond,

    Thanks for visiting CustomInk’s list of Iconic T-Shirts. I believe you may be referring to Oregon Live’s contest for the 100th Birthday of the t-shirt. It looks like they ran a separate campaign on their website and the best way to reach them is by emailing living@oregonlive.com.

    Best of luck.

  47. JEFF CHAPMAN
    14 mos, 2 wks ago

    #31 MICKEY MOUSE ON GRAY HEATHER IS AN ICON…HOWEVER IT IS REALLY MORE IMPRESSIVE PRINTED ON BLACK. MY PRODUCTION MANAGER AND MYSELF PRINTED THE FIRST ONE WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY (FLASH CURING) IN 1982. THAT LED TO OVER 6,000,000 BEING PRINTED OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS. MY PRODUCTION MANAGER, DAN ZELLNER AND MYSELF ARE STILL TOGETHER, AND WE BOTH WISH WE WERE STILL PRINTING THAT SIMPLE BUT ICONIC SHIRT. THANKS FOR PUTTING THIS “100 MOST” LIST TOGETHER.
    JEFF CHAPMAN

  48. Andrew W
    13 mos, 4 wks ago

    No Mod target shirt? Tsk, tsk.

  49. Iliana
    13 mos, 3 wks ago

    How about the Old Navy flag t shirt? Every summer…

  50. Fred Nelson
    13 mos, 2 wks ago

    the 100 t-shirt –i used to have so many of them and so many of them have been lost–i am 72 and am still alive—any idea where i can find some of them to
    wear again
    thanks

  51. 13 mos, 2 wks ago

    Hi, Fred,
    Target department stores currently carry reprints of about 2 dozen of the ones on our list. Plus, they’ve printed some that didn’t make our list.
    Other than that, I’d say searching Amazon or eBay is your best bet.

    Best wishes,
    Jeff

  52. Fred Nelson
    13 mos, 2 wks ago

    Thanks Jeff

  53. Jonny
    13 mos, 2 wks ago

    NO T-SHIRT IS WORTH THAT MUCH!

  54. lynn davis Pres/Owner
    13 mos, 1 wk ago

    Had the pleasure of using customink for a small order but with your service it felt like a large order. Thanks so much.

  55. 12 mos, 3 wks ago

    The Max!

  56. Pety Paspartoot
    12 mos, 1 wk ago

    Don’t say no to nobody, Yoyo!

  57. justin morgan
    12 mos ago

    I have been trying to find a tshirt. I cant remember the brand name but it had a animated whitetail buck deer on the back flexing his arm muscle and a tattoo that said buck this.any help would be greatly appreciated thanks Justin Morgan

  58. KAREN ALAGNA
    12 mos ago

    I WANT TO BUY JOHN LENON’S SLEEVELESS “NEW YOUR CITY ” TEE SHIRT.
    PLS ADVISE.

  59. Adam Levine
    12 mos ago

    Karen,

    You should be able to find one by searching “John Lennon NYC sleeveless shirt” in Google. Best of luck!

  60. 12 mos ago

    Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.

    Please let me know. Thank you

  61. Steve
    11 mos, 3 wks ago

    I am looking for the Team Jesus shirt that Ben Afleck wore …can you please advise. thanks!

  62. Adam Levine
    11 mos, 3 wks ago

    Steve,

    You may want to check out Heart OMG’s website. Or you can create a custom one on ours.

  63. Mark
    11 mos, 3 wks ago

    I would like to see a t-shirt with a quote from the “Honeymooners”. The “POW, Strait to the moon” Used by Jackie Gleason should do it. Maybe a picture of Gleason with his fist held out like he is taking a swing.

  64. 9 mos, 1 wk ago

    Does anyone ever look for a t-shirt style here rather than a graphic on a t-shirt. Do you like the weight of your tee to be heavyweight, feather weight or does it even matter? Do you like your tees to be made in the USA? Does quality matter or should it just be for a short term use for the fad that is current?
    Just trying to get a feel for the trend.

    Thanks for keeping us current Jeff.
    MDurkee

  65. Lia
    7 mos, 1 wk ago

    Notable Mentions:
    “Sh*t Happens”
    smiley face tshirt
    New Orleans Mardi Gras tshirt
    Rebel Flag (if you’re a white southerner)
    Martin Luther King (if you’re black)
    Tupac
    Bart Simpson
    Virginia is for Lovers

  66. mikel
    6 mos, 4 wks ago

    Lest we forget “Big Johnson”?

  67. D.E.
    6 mos, 3 wks ago

    The stripes of the UK gained popularity stateside via Brit bands like The Sex Pistols and Def Leppard. Def Leppard’s Joe Eliot often donned the sleeveless tee in concert.

    Have a bunch of the sleeveless……….FAME London label, made in England. From the early 80′s.

  68. Juana Jane Aguon
    5 mos, 2 wks ago

    AUSTIN 3:15
    What-a-shirt!

  69. rich sullivan
    5 mos, 1 wk ago

    Hulkamania! So proud to be in this company! I created said logo in 1983 for Vince McMahon and the then litle knkown Terry Hogan..wish i had a nickel..etc..
    Rich

  70. Smithe439
    5 mos ago

    Very nice! fdadbkefba

  71. Erin J. Cleveland
    5 mos ago

    Nc Iconic t-shirt and it has a good quality of printing design good work. thx for this site I just know what will i buy ^_~

  72. 5 mos ago

    YOLO shirt is killing it! love it! Nolin!

  73. Pat
    4 mos, 3 wks ago

    I’m trying to find a T-shirt saying; ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ saying on it.
    Please help me find where I can purchase.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Pat

  74. Abigail Mae Presott
    4 mos ago

    Great list! Totally agree with all of it! It’s a great thing I can also get some of these designs from http://www.beltsbucklestees.com/collections/movie-tv-t-shirts

  75. Roscoe Gunning
    3 mos, 1 wk ago

    This list was put together by a tax attorney. Right?!

  76. Sarah
    2 mos, 3 wks ago

    Hi Pat

    http://teespring.com/DontMesswithTexasWomen . I found this today.

    Thanks

  77. Street People Atelier
    2 mos ago

    Interesting collection – Sweet neon tee too!
    Agreed about Hyper Color being pretty iconic back in the day…

    https://streetpeopleatelier.com/

  78. craig
    1 mo, 1 wk ago

    classic anybody thats about to print up some shirts need to see this list wow a must add to any bookmark.

  79. greg zinner
    1 mo ago

    do you know where I can get this mighty mouse shirt? I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Thanks.

  80. ivan
    3 wks, 5 days ago

    AC/DC forever

  81. Daniel Aguas
    1 wk, 1 day ago

    Where can you get the Austin 3:16 and tuxedo shirt?

  82. Adam Levine
    1 wk ago

    Daniel,

    You can always make a tuxedo shirt in our design lab: http://www.customink.com/lab?PK=04604&KW=tuxedo

    The Austin 3:16 shirt can probably be purchased from the official WWE site or Stone Cold Steve Austin’s homepage. Best of luck!

  83. Greg Bilingsley
    5 days, 16 hrs ago

    Hey nice list you can get the Mighty Mouse T shirt from tshirtroyalty.com

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