Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

The 2021 PopCult Gift Guide: Day Thirteen-T Shirts

Today in The 2021 PopCult Gift Guide we are going to offer up a selection of cool graphic tees for the person on your shopping list who likes to wear cool graphic tees. Of today’s selections, three come from Threadless, an artist-friendly print-on-demand site that makes very, very comfortable shirts (I own more than a few).  Some of the designs you’ll see below are available on items other than shirts (but not the first two) and they all come in a variety of sizes,  while the Threadless shirts also offer some different shirt color options, as well.

This is one of those days where the designs will speak more effectively than my words, so I’ll do my best to describe these puppies, but you can use your own eyes to decide if they make a good gift idea. Also, the last design is available in two styles, just for the heck of it.

The name of the shirt will also be the live link to order.

Kirby Galactic Black Shirt
from The Jack Kirby Museum

You’ll have to scroll down the page a bit to get to this beauty.  It’s Jack Kirby’s Galactic Head design, which I have on a framed poster, and it’s just a cool-looking painting by Jack Kirby, the architect of The Marvel Universe and the creator of The New Gods and Darkseid for DC Comics.

This cool design is available in sizes from small to 3XL and it’s a little pricey, but all proceeds go to the non-profit Jack Kirby Museum, so not only do you get to wear a really cool black T-shirt,  and show your support for The King of Comics, you also get to help out a good cause.

Perfect for any self-respecing comics fan who knows who really came up with the ideas for their favorite comics.

WKRP Turkey Drop Short-Sleeve Unisex T-Shirt
from Retropolis Tees

One of dozens of great retro pop culture tees at Retropolis, this shirt commemorates the memorable episode of the classic sitcom, WKRP In Cinncinnati where the hapless station manager has a great idea for a Thanksgiving Day promotion.

He hires a helicopter and drops live turkeys out of it to a waiting crowd below.

Chaos ensues, and the punchline is the classic quote from the defeated radio man…“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

This is a great idea for a shirt, and you can buy it in sizes ranging from extra-small to 3 XL.  And while you’re there, poke around the site for all kinds of other great designs.

Any fan of WKRP would love to get this as a gift.

Design by quilimo

I just sort of found this design on Threadless, but I couldn’t resist plugging this cool mash-up of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by the nineteenth-century Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai and a modern, audiophile vinyl turntable.

The shirt is available in a variety of colors in sizes ranging from small to 2XL, and, well…just look at it.

Is that cool, or what?

Perfect for the woodblock print-loving audiophile on your holiday shopping list.

TIKI & MOON No. 16
by Robert Jimenez

If you have a Tiki fan on your holiday shopping list, they’ll want this shirt.

Jimenez is a very talented artist who works in a cool lowbrow art/pop culture area, and when he’s not designing trading cards or painting pop culture parodies or fez-wearing monkeys, he’s an in-demand Tiki illustrator.

And this cool design should show you why.

The design is available on a very wide range of shirt colors, and in sizes ranging from small to 3XL.

While you’re looking at it, poke around his site for lots of other cool designs.

by Thomas Wheeler

This design by myfriend Thomas Wheeler celebrates a fandom near and dear to my heart, and is the perfect gift for any GI Joe collector.

And by any Joe Collector, I mean any. As a bonus pick today, just in case the person on your shopping list prefers the classic, 12″ GI Joes to the little Real American Hero guys, Thomas has come up with a variation, aimed at those of use who like our adventures a little bigger.

This is a great shirt to wear at toy conventions just to let people know what you’re looking for, so they don’t bother trying to sell you My Little Pony.

Both designs are available on shirts in a wide selection of colors, and in sizes ranging from small to 3 XL.

Some people wear their hobbies on their sleeves, but here’s a way for someone to wear their hobby on their chest.

Adults are allowed to play with toys now. Show it off and be proud.

Thomas has lots of other designs up at his new Threadless store, and I’ll probably drop another one or two here in The 2021 PopCult Gift Guide.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas H. Wheeler

    Thank you, Rudy!!!

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