Led by frontman Johnny Silverhand, Samurai is a legendary chrome rock band featured in the video game Cyberpunk 2077. Discovered in 2003 by Jack Masters after seeing them play at the Rainbow Cadenza, a backstreet bar in Night City, he signed the band to Universal Music. Three weeks after signing with Universal Music their first single, Blistering Love, Was number one on the EuroCharts. Samurai split up in 2008. Nancy went to jail for seven months for throwing her abusive husband out of their 83rd story apartment (through the window). The band firmly supported Nancy but the seven-month lull proved they were each going different creative directions. Henry went to work on a human interface prototype. An accident fried his brain and he's had to
Tags: cyberdyne, t-101, terminator, skynet, cyborg
White Goodman is the owner and founder of Globo Gym, and would love nothing more than owning Average Joe's Gymnasium. Peter LaFleur doesn't want to lose his gym to Goodman, but can't find a way to get $50,000 in time. Peter and his gang of gym buddies think of ways to raise money, finally settling on winning a dodge ball tournament. White Goodman retaliates by creating his own dodge ball team to finish off Peter. Peter's team doesn't do too well, until legendary ADAA champ Patches O'Houlihan turns up ready to train them. This design is the official workout tee for Globo Gym's dodgeball team, The Purple Cobras. Are you tough enough to rock it?
Tags: globo-gym, purple-cobras, fitness, reptile, gym
Pizza Haven was a Seattle icon for decades before their untimely demise. Founded in 1958 and opening its first location in the U-District, just off the University of Washington campus, Pizza Haven was one of the first pizza companies to make deliveries. Employees used radios to relay orders to roving drivers who carried stacks of pizzas in ovens in the back of their brown Pizza Haven Jeeps and pickups truly making them one of the fastest pizzas in town. Whether you're a Northwest original pining for the one-of-a-kind taste of Pizza Haven or just a t-shirt junkie who likes weird shirts from another time and place, this one is for you!
Tags: 1970s, pizza-haven, character, wheelie, jeep
Good Burger was a recurring sketch that took place at a fast food restaurant of the same name on a cable sketch comedy show back in 1994.
Tags: cartoon, restaurant, fast-food, hamburger, movie
Why do planes have to be so boring?
Tags: retro, 60s, 1960s, summer-of-love, flight
Don't be fooled by the proper Weizen glass filled to the brim with golden goodness... Club Schmitz was the father figure of Dallas dive bars and never tried to be something it wasn't. This gloriously never-renovated spot had plastic pint cups for your beer, or mixers, if you chose to bring your own liquor, but sadly, Club Schmitz served its last burger and beer on May 31, 2014 and it's still hard to believe such a cool place was leveled to make way for yet another RaceTrac convenience store that's now clogging up the intersection of Denton Drive and Webb Chapel Extension.
Tags: texas, schmitz, vintage, dallas, bar
The High School of Performing Arts, usually referred to as the School of Performing Arts and informally known as "PA" was a public alternative high school established in 1947 by educator and creative thinker Franklin J. Keller, as a part of Metropolitan Vocational High School, using his staff and administrators on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Under Keller's stewardship, it offered music and theater arts programs in addition to the traditional "trade" skills. In 1948, the school occupied a disused 1894 public school building on West 46th Street in the Times Square area. The new school offered programs in music, dance, drama, and, for a time, photography.
Tags: fame, artist, musical, broadway, actor
Remember the L.A.-based private eye series 77 Sunset Strip? The 1950s show was filmed entirely on the Warner Brothers lot, but the opening 30-second sequence was filmed in front of Dino’s Lodge, located at 8524 Sunset Boulevard. In the summer of 1958, Dean Martin and his business partner, Maury Samuels, bought a former restaurant called The Alpine Lodge. They hired Dean’s brother, Bill, to manage the place, and immediately renamed it Dino’s Lodge. Out front they placed an enormous neon sign featuring Dean Martin’s handsome face and it became one of Hollywood’s campiest novelties. The “suit and tie” jazz joint was instantly hip, serving home-style Italian cuisine, steaks, and breakfast until 4 a.m.
Tags: dean-martin, rat-pack, lodge, los-angeles, diner
Stephen Crane (a.k.a. Steve Crane, Steven Crane) started out as bit actor in Hollywood in the 30's and became better known for being one of Lana Turner's ex-husbands than for any of his roles. Realizing his limited acting skills, Steve Crane turned his charm and energies to the restaurant business and in 1953 bought out 'The Tropics' in Beverly Hills. Taking his cue from Trader Vic's and Don the Beachcomber, Steve created his own Polynesian themed restaurant 'The Luau'. The restaurant quickly became a hit and a 'must see' Hollywood celebrity hot spot. Eventually Steve Crane would be approached by Sheraton to create a Polynesian themed restaurant for the hotels to compete with Hilton and their association with Trader Vic's.
Tags: tiki-room, exotica, hawaii, polynesian, tropical
After returning to America in the 1950s from living abroad, Stephen Crane opened The Luau, a Polynesian-themed restaurant on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Quickly becoming a celebrity hotspot, the Luau was known for its innovative tiki decor and its high-profile customers. As the host and owner, Crane became a well-known name in the restaurant industry and tongue in cheek signed his menus as "STEFOOMA, High-Talking Chief of the Luau" in an attempt to keep up with the storied personas of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. Crane expanded his company, Stephen Crane Associates, which at one point included over a dozen different restaurants.
Tags: trader-vics, south-pacific, oceania, tiki-bar, dive-bar
In 2019's superhero/horror film, Brightburn, young Brandon Breyer attends the local middle school in Brightburn, Kansas. The school's mascot is the Brightburn Eagle, so this design is based on the school signage seen throughout the film.
Tags: exercise, bodybuilding, workout, gym, school
Whether you're an avid duck hunter or just an avid fan of shooting those long range loads, this vintage Western Cartridge Company t-shirt is right up your alley. Franklin W. Olin received an engineering degree from Cornell University in 1886. After working at powder mills in the eastern United States, he was one of several investors establishing the Equitable Powder Company in 1892 at East Alton, Illinois. Production of blasting powder for southern Illinois coal mining began in 1893. He founded the Western Cartridge Company in 1898, manufacturing small arms and ammunition and would later acquire the Winchester Repeating Arms Company after they went into receivership in 1931.
Tags: dogs, shotgun, camping, super-x, fishing
The Yardarm Pub & Broiler is truly a classic dive bar and was first opened way back in 1972. It was known for its dark interior, pool tables, laminated wood topped tables, and an authentic 1970s vibe which is probably because it was new in the 70s and they never changed anything. Unlike most dive bars, Yardarm became a community hang out and hosted weddings, funerals, birthdays, retirements, fundraisers for the community, and more over the years.It wasn't uncommon to find the SeaFair Pirates “warming up” at the funky pirate-themed pub before the annual Waterland Parade, with the iconic Moby Duck parked outside. Sadly, The Yardarm set sail for good in May of 2019 and won't be coming back to port anytime soon.
Tags: des-moines, emo, beer, sea, vintage
You could say that Jimmy & Andy's Bar & Grill ( J & A's) was a dive as it was smoky, low-key, and highly affordable. You could also call it a sports bat as the TVs are always tuned to the game, and if a St. Louis team is playing, pitchers were just $5. Just don't call it your typical Central West End nightspot, because J & A's was most certainly not that. This was a place for drinkers who like to drink and sports fans who like to watch the Cards and there's nothing wrong with that. While there's a full menu, it's more a convenience than the reason why people came here. J & A's was the neighborhood's most welcoming watering hole, filled with amicable bartenders and animated patrons. J & A's claimed to be the city's oldest bar...
Tags: drining, saint-louis, cocktails, pipe, andy
"Dude, are you on acid?" "Maybe." Delysid was the commercial name for lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) when it was available from your doctor as a prescription for any number of ailments and this design celebrates the weird time in American history when your physician might actually tell you to drop acid...
Tags: spiritual, acid, medication, psychedelic, 420
The Continental Bar in Manhattan’s East Village first opened as a live music bar way back in 1991 and played host to legendary NYC punk rockers, but in 2006 the stage was replaced with leather booths which started a clear path to living out its remaining days as a dive bar. The single biggest draw was probably the “5 shots of anything for $10 deal” which ran counter to the owner’s attempts at making it a “classy dive bar.” Nonetheless, location goes a long way in business and despite all kinds of bad press and equally bad reviews, it was packed almost every night until it’s final demise at the end of 2018.
Tags: cocktail, alcohol, new-york, nyc, drinking
Berkeley Systems, Inc. was founded in the 80's by the husband-and-wife team of Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, to create handicapped access software for the Macintosh. Soon after, their friend Jack Eastman suggested the idea of a modular screensaver as an alternative to the plethora of single-display screensavers then popular. Making a modular screensaver meant providing some modules, so they made a handful of them, including the rather odd concept of the Flying Toasters. Sales of After Dark rapidly swamped the original Access Software, and the company achieved iconic status in the Macintosh community.
Tags: berkeley, nostalgia, mac, retro, tech
Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its name comes from the Ioway people, one of the Native American tribes that lived in Iowa. Iowa was a part of New France, but was sold to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Its settlers were mostly farmers: Iowa is part of the Corn Belt and is often known as the "Food Capital of the World." However, Iowa's landscape, culture, and economy are diverse, with the economy changing in the second half of the 20th Century to include many kinds of business. Iowa has more than 3 million people as of the 2010 census. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines. Iowa became a state in 1846. It was the 29th state to join the United States.
Tags: farmer, midwest, state, farm, usa
Just down the street from world-famous Sun Record Studios, sat a no-frills music lounge by the name of 'Kudzu's Bar & Deli' which appeared to be frozen in time long before it's opening in 1990. Not sure how the deli thing worked, but they thankfully dropped that idea, though it remained on the exterior wall for decades to come. While primarily a music venue that showcased local and national touring acts, Kudzu's was also a full service bar and grill offering some surprisingly good food and top-shelf drinks for a place that was without question a dive bar. Photos, clippings, and other music memorabilia covered the walls upstairs, and the sketchy looking basement is populated with a pool table and jukebox, but the real draw was the live music
Tags: hot-rod, rockabilly, tennessee, vintage, beer
If you remember this one, you're either a true old school gamer, or just old. In the early 1980’s, as video games moved from niche interest into legitimate subculture, the publishers of Creem had the cutting edge idea to start a really well-rounded gamer mag. In addition to more technical articles about the latest games, systems, and technology, Vidiot published topical personal essays by gamers, and covered video game history, in addition to a lot of general audiovisual topics. They reviewed movies and television that tended to appeal to the gamer crowd and peppered each issue with relevant music articles. It was a short-lived publication, launching in '82 and calling it quits six or so issues later in 1983.
Tags: gamer, videogames, arcade, hacker, 80s
Illinois is a state in the United States. Its capital is Springfield and its largest city is Chicago. It is bordered to the north by Wisconsin, to the west by Iowa and below that, by Missouri (both borders are along the Mississippi River). To the south-east, Illinois is bordered along the Ohio River by Kentucky and to the east by Indiana. Illinois' northeasternmost boundary is to Lake Michigan. Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818. Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which helped abolish slavery in the United States. Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama.
Tags: chicago, heartland, 1818, patriotic, obama
Beast King GoLion (百獣王ゴライオン Hyaku Jūō Goraion, The King of Hundred Beasts GoLion) is a Japanese super robot anime television series. The animation from GoLion was edited and trimmed to create the Lion version of the American Voltron: Defender of the Universe series, with new names and dialogue, as well as several plot changes. In 2008, GoLion was released on Region 1 DVD in three volumes.
Tags: transformers, voltron, macross, japanese, 80s
Ernest Broguiere, a French immigrant from the Alps, started in the dairy business by purchasing a lemon grove on Maple Avenue in Montebello (Los Angeles). When the lemon business failed to take off, he bought a Holstein cow and several hundred glass bottles and started selling what would soon become known as some of the best farm fresh milk anywhere in the state. All the glass bottles carried the dairy's friendly logo of a cartoon cow and their tagline "Milk so Fresh, the Cow Doesn't Know it's Missing" While most modern dairies ditched glass bottles decades ago, Broguiere's stuck with them until their final days in 2019. Most will agree it makes the milk colder and more natural, but all will agree that it just just plain tastes better!
Tags: retro, california, milkman, farmer, montebello
Kansas Bar is a pivotal location in the film, Alita: Battle Angel, previously know as Bar Kansas in the Battle Angel Alita manga it's based on. Confused yet? The bar was founded by Master and was located in the underground of The Scrapyard, also known as Scrap Iron City. It was part of a block of buildings that surrounded a common courtyard and included an apartment complex. Alita and Shumira worked here before it was destroyed by Zapan. After she retired from motorball, Alita began living on her own in the apartment complex at Bar Kansas.
Tags: 2077, iron-city, altered-carb, blade-runner, tokyo
In David Cronenberg's 1983 film, Videodrome, there is a Catholic style inner-city shelter in downtown Toronto called the Cathode Ray Mission. Its purpose is to help what looks like homeless people get reintegrated into normal, everyday working life. But you soon learn that the people go to the mission are not really without homes so much as without televisions. What possible reason could there be for that? In order to patch the "derelicts" back into the world of normalization, they must be treated by exposure to television. So they come to Cathode Ray for their TV "fix" because after all, love comes in at the eye.
Tags: david-cronenberg, cathode-ray-mission, toronto, christian, sacred-heart
First opening their doors in 1999, Burt's Tiki Lounge combined a dark, moody vibe with a serious bric-a-brac fetish, eclectic live music, and tropical drinks to create a bizarre oasis in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Countless acts performed at Burt's and it even made a couple of appearances on Breaking Bad. It was a true southwestern original with few contemporaries, but sadly, Burt's folded after 17 years not too long after moving to a new location which failed to capture the beloved dive bar tiki vibe of the original.
Tags: hula, dive-bar, retro, hawaii, polynesian
The 'Capt. Fantastic' pinball machine was inspired by the big screen rock musical, 'Tommy' which is best summed up by IMDB in a single sentence: 'A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.' Sound absurd? Yeah, it's pretty freakin' out there. Nonetheless, Bally saw their in and created the Capt. Fantastic pinball machines which included a representation of Elton John, as his character from the movie, The Pinball Wizard, while simultaneously tying into his latest album of the same name, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Tags: 1976, captain-fantastic, bally, 1970s, fantastic
Paul’s Boutique was the Beastie Boy’s second album, released in 1989. The idea for the album cover came from Mike D, featuring a fictional clothing store named Paul’s Boutique in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The location for Paul’s Boutique was an existing clothing store on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets, called Lee’s Sportswear. The front of the album cover would feature the clothing store, but the cover would fold out to reveal a panorama of the entire intersection, photographed from 99 Rivington Street. Today the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow bears little resemblance to the iconic album cover. Lee’s Sportswear is long gone, along with its neighbor, Ben’s Shoes. Today the corner is home to a gourmet wrap restaurant.
Tags: style, record, beastie-boys, new-york, vinyl
Red Apple Tobacco is a fictional brand of cigarettes featured in several Quentin Tarantino movies like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Inglourious Basterds, Planet Terror, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn, Four Rooms, and others. This version of the Red Apple brand mark is the late 1800s style as seen in the post-Civil War era of The Hateful Eight as well as in Django Unchained which took place just a couple years before the war.
Tags: grindhouse, 1877, kill-bill, hateful-eight, vintage
This design was THE shirt to have if you were a fan of the King of Pop back in 1984. It was available on his tour as well as in record stores and other outlets selling pop t-shirts at the time.
Tags: 1980s, 80s, dancing, mj, rock
Pioneer Chicken (or Pioneer Take Out, as it is officially named), was a Southern California fried chicken chain once heavily endorsed by O.J. Simpson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, that boasted hundreds of locations in their heyday. Founded in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 1961 by H.R. Kaufman, he grew Pioneer Chicken with heavy franchising, though their signature recipes probably did most of the heavy lifting, all with their mascot, Pioneer Pete, driving the chow wagon high above each location. When Kaufman sold the chain in 1987, there were 270 stores operated by 220 franchisees.
Tags: 1961, barbeque, western, california, chicken
Seattle's Cellophane Square in the University District was a haven for band t-shirts, records and tapes, all kinds of underground merchandise and was where you'd buy tickets to punk shows. They opened in the 70s and made it all the way until 2009 before succumbing to the 'digital revolution' that took out out a lot of cool things, including many record stores.
Tags: indie, vinyl-records, record-player, records, vinyl-record
Don't be fooled by the cute name — this New England–based chain had ties to the mob. Strawberries was opened and owned by Morris Levy, erstwhile owner of Manhattan's famed Birdland jazz club and president of the Roulette Records label. In 1988, Levy was convicted of extortion in Federal court. The FBI claimed he had ties to organized crime and drug dealers, but what do we know, we just did the hippie vibe of this t-shirt :)
Tags: record-store, record-player, music, hippy, woodstock
Dale Earnhardt kept himself relatable with a well-publicized sense of humor. This shirt is a well-worn replica of the one Dale most likely had made up in one of the many popular 'make your own t-shirt' shops found in malls throughout the late 70s and 80s. Dale was definitely worthy of wearing such a cocky message... are you?
Tags: damn-im-good, 1970s, nhra, retro, vintage
During the heyday of hot rodding and drag racing in Southern California, Webco Inc. was THE place to get your fix for go-fast goodies. It didn't matter whether you were into cars, motorcycles, or boats - if it had an internal combustion engine, they had the stuff to make it go faster. They made pretty much everything from innovative dual spark plug adapters and custom heads to adjustable suspension bracketry and carburetor performance kids. They eventually used their motocross expertise to enter the emerging BMX market. Webco mags were distinctive 5 spokers and their attempts at suspension frames were considered highly innovative for the time. Their standard frames featured gusset work similar to Cooks Brothers and like their other BMX part
Tags: california, dirt-bike, 1955, power, street-racing
American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an American automobile company formed by the 1954 merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motor Car Company. At the time, it was the largest corporate merger in U.S. history. AMC went on to compete with the US Big Three—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler—with its small cars including the Rambler American, Hornet, Gremlin and Pacer; muscle cars including the Marlin, AMX and Javelin; and early four-wheel-drive variants of the Eagle, the U.S. market's first true crossover.
Tags: javelin, v8, american-motors, street-racing, drag-race