70s

Sometime in the mid 70’s the iron-on transfer was invented, and it opened up a whole new world in ‘fashion’ tees. I remember seeing small stands in the middle of our mall, that had binders of iron designs to choose from. You picked your awesome iron-on, picked your shirt color and size and voila you were now the proud owner of tee with a thick, kinda sticky chunk of art on the front. A few extra dollars and they would iron your name using fuzzy velvet letters too.

 

Keep on Bikin' T-ShirtI loved those t-shirt stands, because I was fascinated with the instant customization factor and also- the wack-a-do designs. What was going on in the 70’s that kids needed to walk around with “Keep on Trucking” on their shirt? Or “Keep on Bikin!!”. Was there a movement to STOP biking at some point? Why did we need to tell people to keep doing it?You Turn Me On

And there was the ‘clever’ (term used loosely) ones. Shaggy haired guys would buy the ‘You turn me on’ tee and then play innocent when their teacher told them it was against school rules. “But I just love electricity!!!” you would hear some kid saying as he was being escorted to the principals office.

I remember having several of these made. My all time favorite was “Ms. Behaving” that had a picture of a little cat with a halo over it’s head. I picked it out for the cat. I totally got the double meaning but hey I was 5 years old. Cats pretty much ruled my world then. Ironically I was the most well behaved kid in history….so I think the ‘Undercover Angel’ would have suited me better.

Well ladies and gentlemen- the iron craze is making a comeback. Not only can you buy original vintage shirts like this disturbing ‘Foxy Grandma’ from this site, but you can also buy brand new ones over here.

I am gonna be honest; I spent way too much time on those sites trying to figure out how I could work this whole ‘iron-on’ trend into my wardrobe. I imagined myself getting up to do a presentation, and removing my suit jacket to reveal a “Kiss my Bass” tee with a giant fish on it. Or maybe this beauty “Traction Action”.

It could be my ‘signature’ thing.

Don’t worry,  after a bit I came to my senses and realized I was too old to pull off this look. People would think I have been wearing them SINCE the 70’s. (sigh).

However, I have my eye on this beauty below.

Cuz I kinda have a thing for Fozzi bear.

Wocka wocka.

I am so on the ball these days.

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AdTalk: The chick in back went with overly excited instead of sultry.

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Cuz every woman loves to lick an ashtray. Oh lord. The copy on this thing is classic “take a puff. blow in her ear. And she’ll follow you anywhere”. Um, not exactly Mr. Copywriter. If some a$$hole guy blows cigarette smoke in a woman’s ear EVEN in the screwed up wacked out 70’s…she would likely [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #10: Tonix

The members of Tonix saved so much on their group discount at ‘Wigs R Us’ they were able to afford the upcharge from the photographer for the lens flare making the sequin ‘starbursts’ extra special. Because nothing says ‘we are rockers’ than a sequin starburst on your album cover. Yup, hardcore rockers are all about [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #9: The Saints

Yup, nothing says dance band like a an album cover photo taken at the community pool. Well that and those sweet satin jumpsuits and powder blue platform HEELS. And the guy in front with the fu-man-chew mustache doesn’t look much like a saint if you ask me. Hey is that Leif Garrett in the back? [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #8 : The Milles

While I realize this looks more like a brochure for a touring gymnastic group (Like Cirque de Gaylay)I assure you this is indeed another Swedish Rock Band Album cover. We’ve got The Thinker in the middle and the guy in the center back is channeling Rick Springfield while ‘I’m-so-cool-I-gotta-wear-shades’ boy is leaning back on him [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #7: Norrlandspojkarna med Inger

“Can you get your mom to get out of the shot please? I don’t care if she did make our shirts- she can not be on the album cover.”   I found them here. And because the contents of their blog are SO SHOCKINGLY FUNNY. I absolutely must copy the best of it here. I [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #6 : Zandra

      “Sven was bummed his costume ripped before the photo session. But was certain no one would even notice once he used his hand-across-the-waist pose to hold it closed.” Okay now let’s play ‘Find the Ascot’!…do you see it? Do you? Clearly he was the fashion forward member of the group. (See all [...]

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Swedish Rock Band #5: Skip’z

Hey everybody, its time to listen to the sounds of “Skip’z”! I think as the series progresses they are getting worse better and better. Let me introduce you to the band. From L to R. There is Agustas who is holding his air-pool cue. And Einar who blows his sax till either his ears pop [...]

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