Today in The 2022 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. Except for one suggestion, these are links that will take you to cool stores with many different T-Shirt designs. It’ll give you more latitude in choosing your gift. 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 some stores also offer some different shirt color options, as well.
I’m going to try to give you extra examples of what the shirts look like, but follow the links in the subject header to see for yourself. I only gots so much space to work with here.
Mitch O’Connell, AKA “The World’s Best Artist” has a line of T Shirts bearing his designs available in his Threadless store. There’s some really great stuff there and I’m sure you can find a great gift for the T-shirt-wearing person on your shopping list.
I am a huge fan of Mitch O’Connell. We palled around a bit at a couple of comic book conventions in the 1980s, when I was editing CODA, and we reconnected years later via MySpace and became online buddies. I was a fan of his comics work and illustration before that.
If you like Pin-Ups, Horror, Wolves, Sexy Pin-Ups, Devils, Monsters, Clowns, Really Sexy Pin-ups, Tiki, Rock-a-billy, Zombies, Retro and Really REALLY Sexy Pin-ups, you’re sure to LOVE Mitch’s work. I mean, how can you not love Bucee Beaver as Leatherface, from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
Also of note, you will also find Mitch’s recreations of the famous Leave it to Beaver monster sweatshirt designs, which are now available in greyscale versions, so they’ll look exactly like they did back on black and white television. I recommended these shirts four years ago.
As a special incentive, from now until Christmas Mitch is donating 100% of his Threadless earnings to the charity, Feeding America, so not only will you be buying cool gifts, you’l also be feeding the less fortunate.
And you can also visit Mitch’s Etsy Store for prints, books and other cool things.
This webstore is the motherlode for retro and nostalgic T-shirts. You will find shirts with everything from superhero logos to defunct candies and restaurants to cult figures like Count Dante here. Today Retropolis Tees is offering 15% off of everything for Cyber Monday.
If you have someone on your shopping list who’s a Disney Park fanatic, they have a whole section of shirts for them. You’ll find tons of shirts with classic cereal characters like Quisp and Freakies. Fans of 1960s animation will find shirts inspired by The Flintstones, Mighty Hercules, Wacky Races, Underdog and more. If you have a comic book nerd on your shopping list, you can find shirts with logos and emblems for obscure superheroes like Ultra Boy, Jor El, Nova and E Man. They even have a catagory of shirts devoted to classic toys.
Most designs are available on different colored shirts, and sizes run from small to 3 X Large. Prices are usually 18,99 to 22.99, depending on size. T Shirts make a great gift, and they have hundreds of nostalgic designs from which to choose.
If you can’t find the perfect gift at Retropolis, you must not have anybody on your shopping list over the age of 25.
My friend, Thomas Wheeler has a Threadless shop filled with great pop culture designs, and the stars of the show are the dinosaur shirts from the Athletic Department of Jurassic University.
These are great for kids or dinosaur fans of any age.
Scroll down his page a bit and you’ll find shirts to appeal to UFO aficionados, Star Trek fans, GI Joe collectors, toy collectors of any kind, and several funny gag shirts destined to adorn the sci-fi, toy or comics punster in your life.
All 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.
Earlier this year, METV released five limited edition ART shirts that pay tribute to Svengoolie, the beloved horror movie host. A new design popped up each month, from noted artists and cartoonists, Jim Engel, Scott Show!, Jill Thompson, Bill Morrison and coincidentally enough, Mitch O’Connell.
All five designs are still available, but I don’t know for how long.
Svengoolie started out as “Son of Svengoolie,” (so named by the original Sven, Jerry G. Bishop) back in 1979. After becoming Svengoolie proper and also becoming a Chicago instittion, Rich Koz would go on to great fame almost thirty years after this when his show finally went national on METV.
Earlier this year METV celebrated Svengoolie’s long career by commissioning these five shirts, and also with a television special that aired throughout October.
Chances are you know a fan of Svengoolie, and chances are, they’d love to have one, or all, of these shirts.
Sami Zayn: Honorary Uce
This pick is for a single design, but if you follow the link up there you can navigate to all sorts of other WWE and NXT T-shirts.
The single shirt I’ve picked is for Sami Zayn, who in my opinion has been the top professional wrestler of the year. From his show-stealing match with Johnny Knoxville at Wrestlemania to his months-long storyline as an honorary member of the most powerful faction in wrestling, The Bloodline, Zayn has shown an uncanny ability as an actor as well as a wrestler.
Zayn was always amazing in the ring, and he always found ways to connect with the crowd, as a face or as a heel, but this year he’s risen to new heights in storylines that have way more depth than your usual wrestling angle.
His chemistry with Roman Reigns and The Usos is so strong that, in one of the most memorable wrestling moments in years, he managed to get Reigns and Jey Uso to break character and crack up during a promo. He was like Tim Conway to their Harvey Korman.
So, with that said, our final T-shirt pick today is the SZ Honorary Uce shirt, commemorating his being welcomed into the legendary Samoan A’noi family. Not too bad for a guy who’s just your average Red-headed Canadian Muslim.
That is The 2022 PopCult Gift Guide for today. Tomorrow we near the end with a day devoted to EC Comics.