Movie shirts are pretty much everywhere these days. If there’s a particularly popular movie franchise, you can easily find t-shirts with its logos, posters, and characters emblazoned across the front, back, and sleeves in all variety of different manners. Even catchphrases, tag lines, and slogans are in ready supply, and there are plenty of silly “meme humor” options lining store clothing racks as well.
There’s nothing wrong with any of that of course. If someone loves a movie enough to display something relevant to it on their body, then that’s great. A legitimate passion for motion pictures is a rewarding hobby that’s completely worthy of respect.
That said, a lot of the movie shirts described above are so common that they almost seem to lose their impact. You’ve likely seen the same designs over and over again. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but there are a few more interesting types of movie shirts out there that just don’t get the appreciation that they deserve. Here’s a basic rundown of some key examples:
Movie Crew T-Shirts
Okay, so this isn’t as cool as having the real thing, but any print that replicates the shirts worn by the film crew during the making of a particular movie is seriously something special! In general, you have to seek that sort of design out online, or even have one custom made. You’ll be hard pressed to find a Blue Harvest film crew set from the making of “Return of the Jedi” on the racks at Target and JC Penny! Perhaps best of all, this sort of print makes a serious conversation starter with anyone that happens to recognize what you’re wearing when you’re out and about!
Wardrobe Replica T-Shirts
Now, if you really want to show how much you love a particular movie, you’ll hunt down the clothes belonging to the characters! Notable examples include the Fu Manchu design worn by Kurt Russel’s Jack Burton in the cult favorite “Big Trouble In Little China“, the Kaoru Betto baseball tee from “The Big Lebowski”, or the green ribcage print worn by Nigel Tufnel in “This Is Spinal Tap”. Believe it or not, there are plenty of websites and independent t-shirt designers out there that have made clothing of this nature readily available.
Original Theatrical Teaser Art
While there are plenty of movie poster prints circulating around, it’s often quite difficult to find t-shirts sporting the artwork from the original theatrical teasers. These are often comprised of interesting visuals that eventually become rarely seen when the final poster and home video covers essentially take over the public identity of the accompanying film.
While you can find reproductions, a lot of the officially made t-shirts with teaser art end up given out in fairly limited numbers. Just as with the posters or print ads themselves, you likely have something reasonably rare if you have a teaser design on your t-shirt. If that’s the case, make sure you take extra care of it!