The Wake of the Flood LP cover Tee that I bought at either the Louisville show or at the Cincinnati Gardens show and wore to take tests in when I was an undergraduate. It served me well until it finally turned to dust. I also had one I bought from a small vendor when I was at Alpine Valley in the mid-80s that was black with a white outline of a smiling Jerry and the quote, "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!" I gave it to a lady friend. I don't think she still has it but wore it down to nothing herself.
I'd love to get my hands on the original Skull & Roses with the circle around it that said Grateful Dead - on a plain white t-shirt with nothing on the back. Not the later, updated cartoony version, but with the logo that was on the sticker that came in the Skull & Roses LP. I wore mine out in the mid 70's and have been on a constant search for one ever since.
I remembered another one: The DEC-heads shirt. Digital Equipment Corporation (a company that was huge at the time, and has since been devoured by Compaq and HP in turn) apparently had enough Heads that they had their own shirt. On one side, a woodblock-style image of a skeleton at a keyboard. On the back, an image of the company's iconic headquarters, with the caption "All along the clocktower."
That one only gave up the ghost recently, but I fear replacement prospects are dim.
I have the graphic in bitmap if anyone wants it. I gets pixelated at larger size, but cool nonetheless...
email me @ email@example.com, I'll be happy to share, who knows someone may be able to make a printing out of it.
One of my all times was a group dancing on the front with "the kids they dance and shake their bones" and the back was skeletons dancing with "ashes to ashes they all fall down." Faded to threads I wore it so much. Still have the Memorex "Is it live or is it Dead"? shirt.
Never owned the shirt, but one of my favorites from the parking lot.
In the background, Jerry & the boyz jamming away with hippies dancing around the stage. In the foreground, Captain Kirk, Spock, & Bones. Bones is holding a Tricorder and stating,
"THEY'RE DEAD, JIM!". God, I wish I had purchased that one.
At Winterland, there was a table set up selling t-shirts that were obviously handmade. I don't remember how much they cost, maybe $5.00, but I distinctly remember thinking "that would be my gas money home". I have always thought that was a missed opportunity.
"Is Live or is it DEAD!!! A play on the Memorex ad. And the Bart Simpson t-shirt from 1990 is one I'd like to own. Halloween 1984 is another one I'd like to replace. How about the "From Egypt with Love" that was on dead.net a few years ago. And finally the one shirt I missed out on and regret it to this day the "Play Dead SYF" L/S t-shirt. Dead t-shirt is art itself. As always Play DEAD & Happy Monday, Deadland
While window shopping in downtown Chicago in the mid-80s, I came upon a small women's boutique called Sugar Magnolia, on Oak Street. They sold pretty feminine things (not particularly hippie-ish), but at the counter, under glass, they had plain white t-shirts (women's cut back when that was rare for a music tee) with the music & lyrics to "Sugar Magnolia" printed in black. The song started on the front and continued on the back.
I have a favorite photo of myself in that shirt with a handful of girlfriends at the JFK Dylan & Dead show in 1987. I wore it endlessly for many years until it got to be as thin and as fragile as tissue paper... and then I slept in it for another few years. Got to the point where washing it was sure to make it disintegrate. Even so, I regret letting it go.
Sadly, the store closed recently after being in business for close to 40 years. Have never seen that shirt anywhere else.
Had the same shirt Lopezz. It was one of my favorites. As well as the Air Garcia shirts. With an airborne Jerry with Guitar in hand.