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Vintage T-shirts: 500 Authentic Tees from the '70s and '80s Paperback – 3 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844420019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844420018
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Knee worked for four years in San Francisco, grading T-shirts and sourcing vintage clothes for a number of retailers. He has travelled extensively worldwide in the pursuit of rare and unusual T-shirts. Formerly a fashion journalist for 19 magazine, Lisa has a degree in fashion textiles. After dealing in vintage clothing at Portobello market in London, Lisa and Sam sold a range of their clothes under the Heart of Glass label at UK retailer Whistles. Their Upper Fifth range is currently on sale at Top Shop branches in the UK.

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If you are a printdesigner in fashion this might be a nice resource. It is far from complete and the mix between "special" "collector" tees and selfmade/selfprinted tees is a bit weird. To place the tees in their context/time there are some images of the bands they are a tribute to. Also there are interviews with the collectors whos t-shirts have been photographed.

I was mainly looking for collectors items and must-have or iconic tees, if that's your aim, you'd better search somewhere else, but as a source of inspiration for your own prints its a nice buy.
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A Disappointment 30 Sep 2006
By A. Pearson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book sight unseen off Amazon and was immediately disappointed as soon as I opened the cover. I was hoping for a collection of cool designs that would inspire me for my graphic design work. Maybe one third of the designs are quality (at best) the rest are very mediocre. One page has six variations of the same Mickey Mouse T-shirt with different text. WTF! There is a T-shirt with the original M TV logo, one with a Pepsi logo, you get the idea. The book is more of a historical catalog than anything else.

The book also has several interviews with losers who collect T's and have hundreds of them and who provided the shirts featured in the book. Who cares, not me!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Vintage T shirts are the best kind of T shirts 12 Sep 2010
By Devin Gustafson - Published on
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I bought this book as a form of research since I currently work at a screen printing shop in town and it did not disappoint. Getting to see these old shirts separated by genre was a great way to get some new ideas for designs.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
vintage book 27 Dec 2012
By Kerry Vickery - Published on
Format: Paperback
exactly what i was looking for. It was a christmas present for someone stuck in the 80's. It was well recieved
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Fun Pop Culture Book. 5 July 2007
By J.M.V. - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. The myriad of vintage 70s and 80s tee shirts were very cool to relive and see for the first time. There was even an interview with my buddy Omid in one section of the book featuring classic 80s heavy metal tee shirts!
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