How To Buy
& RAP T-SHIRTS
Everyone is getting into the vintage t-shirt game, from artists like Kanye West and Adam Levine, to fashion superstars like Jerry Lorenzo and Virgil Abloh. It's no wonder the prices of these old school tees have gone through the roof. If you are looking for a piece of nostalgia or just plain cool graphics, we've put together some tips on how to find the perfect authentic vintage shirt.
Authentic & Reproduction
It's important that you know the difference between an authentic vintage tee versus a reproduction. If you are looking for an authentic tee it will cost you more money, especially those that are in good condition or show some relic. If you are looking to get the look but don't necessarily want to spend hundreds of dollars on a shirt, then a reproduction might be the way to go. You can find these reproductions in stores like Urban Outfitters or H&M. It won't be a concert t-shirt from a particular year.
Do some research. Most of the music t-whirts made in the 90s were printed by one company, Brockum. That will help you in determining if the t-shirt is authentic or a reproduction. Make sure you have all of the relevant information about the t-shirt. Research if the tour shirt you are looking at was in fact printed in the 80s or 90s by the band you are looking at. You have unlimited information in your hands. Research the sellers, make sure that you are buying from a trusted source. Read reviews on sites like Etsy or Ebay. Go to trusted authentic t-shirt re-sellers. Below you'll find a list of places to get your research started.
If you are looking to get started in the vintage t-shirt market, ask lots of questions. Always make sure there is a return policy. Reputable retailers will be happy to answer your questions. Make sure you ask about the proportions of the t-shirt. After decades, the large in the 1980s might be very different from today. Know your own measurements so you are sure about the size and fit you are getting.
Where to Buy