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We all grew up with a favorite superhero. Batman? Mighty Mouse? At CustomInk, we’re all for showing love for your favorite superheroes right on a tee. You might have seen our 100 most iconic t-shirts of all time list—we’re taking a closer look at some of the most iconic t-shirts by genre to see what really makes them cool. Our list of the top ten most iconic superhero t-shirts is super awesome, and might even inspire you to create a superhero tee of your own.

10. 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. The iconic skull has two origins in the comics. The first being that Punisher chose the skull while fighting in Vietnam. The second is that the skull came to him in a dream, and he uses it on his chest to distract criminals that might otherwise aim for his head.

9. 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. The story goes that Might Mouse originated from an idea by Izzy Klein, who originally pitched a character named Super Fly. But his boss, Paul Terry, nixed his idea, and later reintroduced it as Super Mouse. The character was renamed Mighty Mouse since another comic featuring a “Super Mouse” was about to be released. What a mouse. WHAT A MOUSE!

8. 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? The turtles were designed by Kevin Eastman and a fellow artist friend, Peter Laird. Likely inspired by Eastman’s summers playing with snapping turtles in Maine, they came up with the characters in their living room one night. Little did they know what a hit it would become!

7. 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. Interestingly enough, the Transformers weren’t actually born from comic books—the toys came first, later leading to the comic books, cartoons, and movies we’ve come to love!

6. 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. The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, was created by Martin Nodell, a writer and artist. Nodell was inspired to create the Green Lantern when he was on a subway and saw a train operator waving a lantern with a green light.

5. Thundercats


Spaceships? Check. Cat-like humanoid aliens fighting interstellar battles? Check. Lion-O, Cheetara, and the gang? Check. Created by Tobin Wolf, the Thundercats dominated Saturday Mornings from 1985 to 1989, and produced a sick logo t-shirt to boot. “Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! ThunderCats, HO!”—not to mention an earworm worthy theme song.

4. Captain America


Lone white star. Blue bullseye. Red and white rings. Step aside baseball, hot dogs, and 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. What began as a Marvel comic has become a modern-day obsession with Marvel fans. Captain America still appears alongside the Avengers on the big screen. The t-shirt’s logo, Captain Steve Rogers’ shield himself, is his primary defense and weapon against enemies. The iconic round shield was originally more triangular, however, but was changed due to its similarity to another comic.

3. 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. The Flash was created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, and first appeared in November 1939. In its history, 4 different people have taken on the name of the Flash. But the logo wasn’t always the lightning bolt we’ve come to recognize. The now famous bolt first appeared in 1956, when Barry Allen was the actor behind The Flash

2. 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! Ok, but seriously, it’s hard not to get excited when you see this iconic symbol. Since the Dark Knight first appeared in 1939, he’s donned a version of the Batman symbol. In the original comic, the bat didn’t even have ears or a head! It wasn’t until 1964 that the comic introduced the yellow background (1966 for movies). Today, the logo has evolved into a stealthier, buffer, if you will, version of itself. But the classic remains recognizable by all generations.

1. Superman


The literal power of this phenomenon can be seen on t-shirts everywhere and with the seemingly endless television and movie remakes in nearly every decade of Superman’s existence, this story (and t-shirt design) isn’t getting old anytime soon. First introduced in 1938, the logo has come a long way since its original, almost squiggly-looking “S”. Though different colors have been experimented with through the years, it looks like the classic red and yellow is here to stay.

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4th of July Ideas

It’s time for red, white, and blue, and maybe some BBQ, too! Have a creative and patriotic 4th of July celebration with some of our fun Independence Day activities and ideas.

Burger Cookoff
What better day to fire up the grill than July 4th? Take your backyard BBQ up a notch and invite your friends and family to participate in a burger cookoff. Have each participant bring their own meat, buns, and toppings, and see whose creation makes sparks fly! Have each person bring enough to serve 4-6 burgers, that way everyone can eat after the contest. Use small card tables to give each chef their own prep space. Set an allotted time for preparation, cooking, and assembly. It could also help to have a neighbor bring their grill over for some extra space. Establish 3 judges—mix it up and have a child as a judge, too! The top chef burger maker gets the grand prize—a gift certificate to a local burger joint!

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With summer barely a heat wave away, it’s time to get to planning the ultimate Father’s Day gift for the big guy in your life. Dear ol’ dad is sure to love something off our list of fun Father’s Day ideas.

The BBQ Box

Is your dad king of the grill? Make Pops a barbecue box filled with all the grillin’ essentials. He’s always finding a reason to fire up that grill, which means it’s probably time to upgrade his grilling tools. Set Dad up with a brand new set of grilling tongs and a silicone basting brush for all those sauces he’s concocting. For an extra tasty touch, make a jar of your own specialty brown sugar rib rub or pick up a tried and dad-approved favorite of his to throw in. Tailor his BBQ box to his taste buds by choosing a variety of spicy, sweet, and savory sauces. Set your grill father up for grilling success by adding his drink of choice to the box—because grilling is just better with a frosty brew in hand. Now that Dad’s stocked with new tools, the perfect flavor, and his favorite drink, the only thing he’s missing is the custom t-shirt he’ll wear with pride for years to come while grilling up feasts fit for a king… himself! If you need a little design help when it comes to your grill master’s custom tee, add the Grill Master mockup to our Hanes ComfortSoft® Tagless T-shirt. Dad’s sure to feel like the real Grill Father after a gift this good! Read more –>

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Here at CustomInk, we love t-shirts. Not just custom ones, but iconic ones, too! You might be a fan of our 100 most iconic t-shirts of all time list. We thought it was time to take a closer look at some of the most iconic t-shirt genres and see what really makes them cool and special. From Woodstock to MTV, our most iconic music t-shirts have something for everyone, and might even inspire you to create a music tee of your own.

18. 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. According to the National Museum of American History, the t-shirt was created between 1968-1969. The white dove perched on the guitar was the logo of Woodstock seen on official posters and flyers. The t-shirt that belongs to the museum today is white with navy trim on the neck and sleeves and a navy logo.

17. Yo! MTV Raps


Remember when MTV had shows about music? “Yo! MTV Raps” ran from 1988 to 1995, but its pop art logo has stood the test of time. The show has been given credit for the spread of rap music into modern culture, and featured artists like Naughty by Nature and Salt-N-Peppa. The iconic logo that appears on the t-shirt was created by Dr. Revolt, a New York street artist who became popular on the graffiti scene in the 1970s.

16. 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. Seen this shirt before? That’s because it’s been worn in music videos like Guns n Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and in Green Day’s “Welcome to Paradise”.

15. 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. Arturo Vega, sometimes referred to as the “5th Ramone” created the iconic logo for the band’s t-shirt. According to the New York Times, Vega himself sold t-shirts before the band’s shows—sometimes more t-shirts than tickets.

14. I Want My MTV


Over 30 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. Frank Olinsky, one of the designers of the MTV logo back in 1981, says that one of the final revisions to the logo was putting “music television” under the “M”. This was changed in 2010, when the words were removed from the logo for good.

13. Bob Marley


A musical, national, and fashion icon all in one, Bob Marley is a superstar on our list. Selling 25 million albums worldwide, responsible for bringing Rastafarianism and reggae to the mainstream, it’s only fitting that his image is immortal. The green, yellow, and red of the t-shirt represent the rasta colors. The shirt can still be purchased today on Bob Marley’s official website.

12. RUN DMC


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 they 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. In 2016, Run DMC filed a lawsuit against retailers such as Wal-Mart and Amazon for selling merchandise with the group’s logo without permission.

11. 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. The popularity of the t-shirt happened by accident. According to Thrillist, Hard Rock’s owners sponsored a soccer team in 1974, and gave them logo t-shirts. There were extra, so they brought them back to the cafe to give to customers, and they became a hit!

10. Metallica


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.” The band’s vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield is responsible for designing the original logo, and still creates some of the new designs today.

9. 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. Originally named Wicked Lester, Kiss changed its name when (according to some accounts) lead guitarist Ace Frehley wrote “Kiss” on a poster over the old name. There has been controversy around the logo since the lightning bolt “SS” looks similar to a logo used by a WWII Nazi group.

8. 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. Admittedly, Garth’s was probably a bit more faded and stain-ridden. The t-shirt was thought to be given to members of a special Aerosmith fan club—Aero Force One.

7. 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. The logo was based on painter William Rimmer’s Evening (The Fall of Day).

6. 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 as they say. The smiley face logo first appeared on a poster drawn by Kurt Cobain. Some say the face was inspired by the sign at Lusty Lady Strip Club in Seattle.

5. 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. The iconic photo happened because the band didn’t want to fly to Mount Everest for the photo shoot—”Everest” was the original name of the album. The shot was taken on August 8, 1969 while photographer Iain Macmillan stood on a ladder.

4. 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. The skeleton and roses logo was created in 1966 by Stanley “Mouse” Miller and the late Alton Kelley. The image came from a book of poems the two found in the San Francisco library called “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”.

3. 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 yourself an iconic band and tee all-in-one. The infamous logo was created in 1977 by designer Gerard Huerta and appeared on the international version of Let There Be Rock.

2. 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. The prism logo that appears on the shirt was created by the band’s designer Storm Thorgerson. According to Rolling Stone, the idea of the prism related to light and the triangle was a symbol of thought and ambition. There was even a version of the logo that never saw the light of day that included a Marvel character.

1. Rolling Stones “Lick”


The alternative album cover for one of the best rock albums of all time, The Rolling Stones’ “Lick” graphic from the Sticky Fingers LP quickly became one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most recognizable symbols. In 1969, Mick Jagger called London’s Royal School of Art to find someone to create album visuals. Who he found, was then 24-year-old John Pasche. Pasche was paid $77 to create the iconic graphic, which was inspired by the mouth of Jagger himself.

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fathers dayGet ready—it’s time to celebrate dad.

The one day a year dedicated to showing your pops just how much he means to you and your family is right around the corner. Why not make this Father’s Day stand out from all of the rest?

To help make this year extra special, we’ve rounded up some great Father’s Day ideas that are super fun, creative, and won’t break the bank. From special homemade arts and crafts to various outdoor activities, we have something to suit every dad’s style.

Check out our top Father’s Day ideas in the list below—they’re sure to be appreciated by dad from both kids and moms alike.
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