Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage 1985 Ratt Tour T-Shirt

file under: when we were young

original hard to find Ratt Invasion of Your Privacy tour t-shirt
year: 1985
tag: long gone
material: 100% cotton
condition: distressed
value: $250
*note: I saw all of Ratt's big tours back in the day. it was always hit and miss with them. one show in particular at the L.A. Sports arena the band was so wasted they could barely play and other shows they just killed it! Ratt's songs and Warren DeMartini's guitar licks were some of the best of their time. Unfortunately like so many of us from the 80's, all that excess took it's toll and founding member Robbin Crosby didn't survive. All these years later I look back with great fondness on what were some of the best days of my life. Rock on!    

the band in 1984 

DeMartini's lead rips

Saturday, May 12, 2012

1973 Vintage Lite Beer Promo T-Shirt

file under: iconic

rare and original Lite Beer promotional t-shirt
year: 1973
tag: too faded to read
material: 50/50 cotton-polyester 
condition: distressed
value: $300
*note: there was a time back in the 70's when all major beer labels produced promotional t-shirts like this with the iconic flower motif. this piece dates back to the original launch of Lite Beer by Miller in 1973. Most likely handed out at bars for a very limited time. a rare t-shirt for sure.

popular Lite Beer TV ad screen capture

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vintage 1970's Primo Beer Hawaii T-Shirt

file under: favorite era

ultra rare and original Primo Beer Hawaii t-shirt
year: circa 1974
tag: Hanes
material: 100% cotton
condition: faded and distressed
value: $400
note: acquired earlier this year from the original owner who was going to throw it out when she found it in her storage that hadn't seen the light of day for over 30 years. thankfully it's now a part of my collection until the day it's passed onto the next collector. Aloha!


Ellis Applebaum's graphics. 

Pipeline North Shore 1976