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Annual Apparel’s 2008 T-Shirt (0)

Published on April 21st, 2009. By

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This post has been a long time coming. Annual Apparel

was nice enough to send the T Addict a sample of their 2008 t-shirt design and I have been wanting to post about it ever since. For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, their theme is to capture each year in a tee design based on that year’s pop references and headlines. It seems to be a catchy little niche because everybody has a special affinity for particular years in their life.

It’s easy to say that 2008 was a very pivotal year for many different reasons. The most obvious being the election of our new president, Barack Obama. We also had the Olympics, the impending financial crisis, and gas prices at an all-time high. But don’t let me get ahead of myself, there is a lot to be seen here.

First off, the sample shirts sent to me was printed on a vintage heather P.E. tee. The shirt is very comfortable, just like you would expect, but be careful on the sizing. The good news is, they warn you of that when you’re making your purchase on their site. Incidentally, because of the sizing, this will be the first t-shirt that I review while wearing. I thought you guys might want to see the T Addicts guns for once.  ;)

And now for the big unveiling:

The design itself is appropriately busy with a montage of pop-culture references from last year. We have the Giants beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Michael Phelps from the Olympics, Wall Street going down in a blaze of glory, the iPhone, Sarah Palin and John McCain, the Boston Celtics winning the NBA title, foreclosure signs, and an image of Heath Ledger as the Joker. There’s probably even a few more that I’m missing:

They kept the back simple with an outer tag of the Annual Apparel logo:

All in all, cool concept and great execution. Good job Annual Apparel.

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