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The 100 Most Iconic T-Shirts of All Time

by Jeff Gregory

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It’s no secret that CustomInk loves t-shirts. Especially custom t-shirts. We’ve always talked casually about the most iconic, the best, or most popular t-shirts of all time, but in light of the 100th birthday of the t-shirt, we decided to put our money where our mouths are and put it to a company vote. The result is a phantasmagorical stroll down memory lane through popular movies, rock ‘n’ roll, TV land, comics, college athletics, cultural movements, social statements, funky fads and so much more. We hope you enjoy and share with friends.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


“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


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 …


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


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!


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


“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)


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


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?


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


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


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 …


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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

43. Peace Frogs


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

21. I’m With Stupid


… 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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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”


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.



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


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


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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Niladri Kumar Bala January 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

I liked your post very much and bought more than 30 TShirts given here. But I am having a hard time finding the 59th (Fcuk French connection) one. I have searched the whole Internet including the official site of frenchconnection, but never found it. Please help.

Alan Dallas January 16, 2016 at 6:59 pm

you forgot the Sublime Logo
that t-shirt I bet had be sold a lot

Kyle November 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) neon green skeleton t-shirt.

J-Money October 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Where oh where is the famous Hot Rod t-shirt

BG September 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

great list



saige August 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

what is this all about

Mike July 19, 2015 at 2:04 am

Your list needs work but you could definitely expand this idea. I collect vintage shirts and I had a few ideas for media projects feel free to email me if you ever read this.

Ritch Goldstein April 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

As the designer of #47 ” Make 7Up yours ” I think this is cool.

Phil April 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

I think I still have about a dozen t shirts in a suite case somewhere. Nice article. Thanks!

Cathy Lockington April 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

I just want to Thank Joseph Breitman for all the help with making the shirt for my friend “”””” I was born on National Beer Day What is your excuse !!!!””” Paul without his very courteous help I never would have gotten it done. He is an asset to your company. He was a pleasure to work with, I wish more sales people would have his attitude. Good Job !

Sumit February 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

All t shirt is very nice. Sumit from Bangladesh

Carrow January 8, 2015 at 1:31 am

Digging most of 99 thru 23.

LuckyGirl November 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Please buy the rights to the Vuarnet France brand and bring it back. Us Gen Xers are nostalgic and the long sleeve versions are impossible to find. CustomInk will make a killing on them.

Coby November 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Such a great list! Thank you. You going to update it? . . . angry birds . . . it’s five o’clock somewhere . . . black parachute tank . . .

marve September 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Wow, Awesome collection! B-R-A-V-O

Greg Bilingsley August 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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

Adam Levine August 25, 2014 at 10:34 am


You can always make a tuxedo shirt in our design lab:

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

Daniel Aguas August 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

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

ivan August 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

AC/DC forever

greg zinner July 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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

craig July 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

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

Sarah June 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Hi Pat . I found this today.


Roscoe Gunning May 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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

Abigail Mae Presott May 5, 2014 at 6:14 am

Great list! Totally agree with all of it! It’s a great thing I can also get some of these designs from

Pat April 11, 2014 at 4:22 am

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,

Chris April 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

YOLO shirt is killing it! love it! Nolin!

Erin J. Cleveland April 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

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 ^_~

Smithe439 March 29, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Very nice! fdadbkefba

rich sullivan March 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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..

Juana Jane Aguon March 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm


D.E. February 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

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.

mikel February 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Lest we forget “Big Johnson”?

Lia January 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

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)
Bart Simpson
Virginia is for Lovers

Maxanne Durkee November 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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.

Mark September 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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.

Adam Levine September 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm


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

Steve September 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

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

site September 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

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There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.

Please let me know. Thank you

Adam Levine September 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm


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

KAREN ALAGNA September 3, 2013 at 2:27 am


justin morgan September 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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

Pety Paspartoot August 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Don’t say no to nobody, Yoyo!

Obsolete Planet August 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

The Max!

lynn davis Pres/Owner July 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

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

Jonny July 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm


Fred Nelson July 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Jeff

Jeff Gregory July 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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,

Fred Nelson July 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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

Iliana July 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

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

Andrew W July 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm

No Mod target shirt? Tsk, tsk.

JEFF CHAPMAN June 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm


Adam Levine June 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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

Best of luck.

Raymond L. Wilder June 3, 2013 at 2:44 am

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.

Bryden May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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

Capt. J E Wilson May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

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.

hoolia May 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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

Charles Jenkins May 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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.

Jerry Taylor May 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

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

CK Patrick May 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

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.

Mark Reed May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

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.

Jeff Gregory May 17, 2013 at 11:36 am

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

fred meyers May 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

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!

Fritz May 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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.

Bob May 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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…


allen May 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm


Anna Gray May 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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

Jennifer May 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Where can I buy these Tshirts?

Ellie H May 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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

Bill May 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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

Jeff Gregory May 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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.



Leigh Marble May 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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

Bill May 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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

Jarek May 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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

Will May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

T&C surfwear? Quicksilver? Blatantly overlooked.

Jim May 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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!

Tim S May 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Mickey Mouse! Oh gosh, that swell!

brenda May 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

where is the spuds mackenzie shirt?

Rocky Reynolds May 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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

Paul May 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Spuds McKenzie? Where are you?

Kelley May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

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.

Kcoreyedstrom May 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

These are almost random.

Chad May 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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?

Arlo Klinger May 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

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

Peter Bolam May 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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

Frog Gentlemen May 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

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

j May 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

No The Black Dog? list fail.

MM93 May 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

No “I shot J.R” ???????!?

Dale May 2, 2013 at 6:16 am

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

Dan May 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

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

Nitro May 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

nWo 4 Life

Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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

Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

“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.

Michael Stamp May 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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

kyle May 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

where is no ma’am?

Russ Weakland May 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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

Adam Levine May 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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!

Stan Williams May 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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

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