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“Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease”. One of Jimmy Carter’s most popular quotes. 39th President of United States managed to convince Egypt to recognize Israel back in 1978 (Camp David Accords), which was probably his biggest accomplishment as a president.  Two years before that – during the 1976 Presidential Elections – his supporters used the slogan “Gimme Jimmy” on buttons used for his campaign.

Some 35 years after Retro Campaigns – an independent clothing line from LA which we already featured back in 2009 -evokes a remembrance on that event by re-printing the original button design onto vintage-styled tees which look like they came straight from that era. Make no mistake – they do not only print Jimmy Carter’s campaign slogans, but also other candidates slogans from American Presidential Elections history. In my opinion – a very cool idea for making your T-shirt line stick out from all the others out there.

Recently we’ve had the privilege to convince ourselves into great quality Retro Campaigns deliver – we were sent their lady styled “Gimme Jimmy” sample T-shirt for a review.

  • Overall feeling

The first impression upon unpacking the shirt was – wow! You just gotta love those retro-styled ringer T-shirts. All those extracted fibers and rubs in darker tone makes this tee look vintage, almost as if it was made in 1976, as the design perhaps might suggest. Green color makes it even more retro, and even if anything wasn’t printed on it – the shirt would still look great alone. When dressed on this tee feels incredibly soft, even though it isn’t of a thinnest kind.

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

  • Design

The design itself isn’t of most creative kind, and as mentioned before – it’s a reprint. However, the slogan is rather witty – speaking in 1970’s terms. Using the print color same as the rubs is clever in my opinion, making the design look as a natural part of this tee. Washed-up effect, of course, adds much to the vintage look.

  • Printing method

This design was screen-printed, same as all Retro Campaigns designs. It’s a most common printing method which gurantees long durance of applied colors. The print is soaked into garmnet almost as if it was made from one piece, which indicates the fiber is of finest quality.

Gimme Jimmy T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

Gimme Jimmy T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

  • T-shirt type & maintenance

Retro Campaigns used Bella ringer T-shirt for printing this design. If you’re not familliar with this brand – Bella is one of the finest US-based blank clothing makers out there, and this particualar tee is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It is to be machine washed warm with like colors, and if you want to bleach it you have to use only non-chlorine bleach. It is recommendable not to iron over the printed design, however we’ve ironed over it on a medium setting and nothing happened.

  • Conclusion

Like your shirts retro / vintage, but different? Then by all means try Retro Campaigns. You’ll have a unique design which will make people smile, no matter which political option they’ve belonged to. Not only that – you’ll have a highest-quality T-shirt which will last for years. We don’t want this to sound as if we’re praising Retro Campaigns for sending us a free sample – it’s our honest opinion, having in mind what does this line represents.

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns / detail

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns / detail

Did you like this T-shirt? Whom did you vote for back in 1976? Ummm, not really… We’d really love to hear YOUR opinion on Retro Campaigns and their shirts, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Let’s start a real political discussion (with a retro flavour).

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2011 began more than promising with some really cool T-shirt designs,  to our joy, judging by the emails we’ve gotten so far. If you already checked best designs & tees in 2010 by our choice you will be interested in some of the new designs we want to present in this article.

New T-shirt releases in 2011

We’ll start with VXRSI, a sports-based brand which celebrates art of competition in it’s truest form. They have a number of new arrivals in their online shop, including shirts, hoodies, beanies and some other items. To see it all click on picture below.

Evolve T-shirt by VXRSI; $28.00

Evolve T-shirt by VXRSI; $28.00

Springleap – a submit & vote design platform – have announced their latest winner. It’s Mekazoo is the winning design Brute Force Brigade for the Springleps’ latest Open Theme December 1 Competition. If you like this tee and want to order it click on the picture.

Brute Force Brigade by Mekazoo @ Springleap; $24.00

Brute Force Brigade by Mekazoo @ Springleap; $24.00

Not only Socialfabrik added few new designs to their online shop (they  feature Deadbeat Clothing, too), but they”re also offering a whopping 25% discount on all items until the end of January. All customers need to do is use the discount code JANUARYSALE at the checkout. Click – click!

Woodland T-shirt by Socialfabrik; £20.00

Woodland T-shirt by Socialfabrik; £20.00

WolvesVsLions just got a new shirt in, called Don of the Jungle. It’s their largest print yet and is printed on black men and women’s tultex. They have also recently launched a new website. Not only that – you can get a 10% off your order by using the code SESTO at the checkout.

Don Of The Jungle T-shirt by WolvesVsLions

Don Of The Jungle T-shirt by WolvesVsLions

Retro Campaigns is a small, LA-based brand that designs and prints tees recalling memorable characters and moments from American political history. Their new shirts in 2011 feature Woodrow Wilsons, Jesse Jacksons and Michael Dukakis campaigns.

Jesse Jackson For President 1988 Campaign T-shirt by Retro Campaigns; $19.99

Jesse Jackson For President 1988 Campaign T-shirt by Retro Campaigns; $19.99

We’re sure you’ll find something interesting for yourself among these offers because you know that when we recommend something it is of great quality and value for money. We also always (well, mostly) feature clothing that is made the independent way, which is what you support, too. Right?

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Since everybody’s into tee business nowadays, it’s nice to see that some companies focus around specific topic, which – along with a good marketing strategy – can lead to popularity and success in a short time. And what a better idea for a tee company, than to build up their designs around past USA presidential election campaigns (not only presidential…)? Retrocampaigns.com is a small tee company based in LA, and yes – they do have Kennedy, Reagan, Carter, even the independent hopeful Ross Perot (from 1992 elections) designs. Here are some of my picks off their website (which doesn’t mean I naturally agree with associated politics of some of the candidates) :

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Nice thing is they now have kids’ styles, you can check it out at their cool looking website. All tees are printed on American Apparel brand, which you already know is of finest quality (although not necesserilly 100% cotton), and prices are $19.99 for bothe men and women styles, plus sizes are from X-S to double L. If you dig retro shirts, I guess Retrocampaigns.com could become one of your favorite  destination for online shopping. I am kinda sucker for all things retro, especially those New Kids On The Block hair-tails, I guess those would look great on shirts, too…

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