C90

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The cassette tape gave a new generation the freedom to record its own music. To take it with them wherever they went, and of course to make fantastic mixtapes for friends and parties.

C90 ( the name comes from the 90-minute cassette format – just enough to get a full album on each side ) is our stylised tribute to this brilliant piece of tech, which in its 1980s heyday was the world’s favourite music format and sold by the billion.

Our C90 poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

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C90

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The cassette tape gave a new generation the freedom to record its own music. To take it with them wherever they went, and of course to make fantastic mixtapes for friends and parties.

C90 ( the name comes from the 90-minute cassette format – just enough to get a full album on each side ) is our stylised tribute to this brilliant piece of tech, which in its 1980s heyday was the world’s favourite music format and sold by the billion.

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Isolation inspiration: Graphic twist

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We’ve been taking a closer look at some of our favourite designs and putting them into mini themed collections. This week, the theme is Graphic Twist.
A graphic twist is when a design has used elements in an unexpected way, so that things aren’t always what they seem – making for a more distinctive or intriguing design. So here’s our graphic twist mini collection –

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Our new Alpe d’Huez shirt celebrates one of the most famous climbs in cycling. The design started with a capital ‘A’ (for Alp), which we cut in half and used as a mountain, with the distressed pattern at the top of the A reflecting the increasingly rugged scenery as the climb progresses. The zig zag shape represents the 21 famous u-turns the riders need to negotiate on the climb.

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Staying with cycling, our RainRider t-shirt uses diagonal lines laid over a cycling symbol – and the eye immediately sees it as a cyclist riding through rain. The French caption (France being the spiritual home of cycling) is accompanied by the red, white and blue colours of the rain, bringing to mind the French flag.
Our C90 design takes elements from the early days of cassette players – speaker, tape counter, record button, wood surround – and reassembles them into an image which is contemporary in style, but retro in content. Vintage tech brought bang up to date – it’s available as a t-shirt and also a poster.

For our BBQ Star t-shirt, we wanted a decorative design that also tied into the idea of heroic barbecuing. Distressed grey circles of charcoal lie over a fiery red and orange star – the elements are both decorative and representative. We also have this design on a sky blue t-shirt where the charcoal is blue – so not quite so representative – but it looked so good we printed it anyway. You can see them both here.

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Watching mountain-bike lights disappear into a pitch-black forest was the inspiration behind Night Run. We translated the dazzling effect of the lights – white at the front, red at the rear – into overlapping concentric circles, creating a shimmering Op Art style design.

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Our Flat Out design shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 as a sharp-looking infographic.
It doesn’t fully explain itself -it’s a bit of a conversation starter. Once people have figured it out (it helps if they’re petrolheads), they still have to guess the cars. And when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking t-shirt (or poster).
We went for style over accuracy in our Over & Out design, which features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer. Any concerns we may have had about our customers taking to this minimalist approach have been pushed aside by the fact that its our biggest-selling t-shirt in 2020 👍👍🏼👍🏾
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Get him a gift that gets him

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The world would be a lesser place without Dads. The fixer uppers, the school runners, the cheerer uppers. So with Father’s Day approaching, we’ve been looking through our collection to pick out some designs that are particularly Dad friendly. So whether your Dad is a music lover, cycling fan, BBQ Star or travel enthusiast, you can get him a gift that gets him.

C90 – for Music Dad

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The name C90 comes from the 90-minute cassette format – just enough to get a full album on each side. (If you don’t know what an album is, ask your Dad.) It’s our retro-styled tribute to this brilliant piece of tech, which in its 1980s heyday was the world’s favourite music format and sold by the billion. You can buy C90 here.

BBQ Star – for BBQ Hero Dad

Nothing beats a good barbecue. And cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a skill that most Dads think they possess.

Well fair enough – our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed heroes making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer. You can buy BBQ Star, in Charcoal Grey or Sky Blue, here.

Tourmalet – for Cycling Dad

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Our Tourmalet shirt is inspired by the legendary Col du Tourmalet cycling climb in the French Pyrenees. Topping out at 2,115 metres, Tourmalet is one of the most famous climbs on the Tour de France, having been included more than any other pass.

Depending on your direction, Tourmalet is a 17-19km climb, with an average gradient of 7.4%. The pros can do it in about 1 hour. Your Dad – maybe a little longer. You can but Tourmalet, in yellow or blue, here.

Tuk Tuk – for Adventurer Dad

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Our Tuk Tuk t-shirt (or Autos, or Bajaji, or Rakshas depending on where you are) celebrates everything we like about these nippy and versatile little vehicles. Often customised by their owners, we love the way traditional Asian decor rubs shoulders with western-style ads for takeaway restaurants and mobile phones, creating a happy riot of mixed-media confusion. You can buy Tuk Tuk here.

T-120 – for Film Buff Dad

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There’s something cool about recently-retro technology (OK, it could just be us. And your Dad.) – the world may have moved on from the video cassette, but T-120, with its promise of pure sound quality and glorious hi-tech TV test bars, is our tribute to this once-mighty technology. The colours look fantastic, and you can buy it here.

There’s lots more ideas for Dads in our mens t-shirt section, including t-shirts for car lovers, ski addicts, beach lovers and more here.

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