GYD History: T-shirts, Vol. 1

Get Your Dad Records has yet to officially release a record in its 10-year existence (a fact that will soon change). Yet it has been making t-shirts since 1999!

This post is the first in a series chronicling the history of GYD’s t-shirt releases. There have been five in total, but none improved on the the original: royal blue 50/50 tees with red writing on the front. I still own and cherish my one and only example of this shirt. I don’t remember the exact number produced, but I would guess it was in the neighborhood of 25.

This shirt is unique in that it has a consistent fading pattern. Those who wear this shirt regularly report that the red “GET YOUR DAD” fades in the middle, but not on the ends. Photographic evidence of this phenomenon is below.

If you have photographs of you or others wearing this tee, send me pics at wcgillis [at] indiana [dot] edu, and I’ll add them to the post!

WCG

MAM (left) and Drewsy, New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2003

MAM (left) and Drewsy, New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2003

The above photo was the inspiration for this painting:

"Man and Beast," W. Gillis, 2005

"Man and Beast," W. Gillis, 2005

Drewsy, Athol, Mass., Summer 2006

Drewsy, Athol, Mass., Summer 2006

WCG with injured wrist, Bloomington, Ind., Summer 2008

WCG with injured wrist, Bloomington, Ind., Summer 2008

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