80s Dead Boys California Grateful Dead Spoof Surf t-shirt Medium

Chest 19 in.

Length 25 in.

Content: Feels like 100% cotton

Tag Brand: Anvil

This rad double sided tee features a large graphic on the back that reads "Dead Boys of California" and "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" and "I need a miracle everyday." The former is a quote from the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the latter is a lyric from a Grateful Dead song. Meanwhile, the front of the tee has a breast pocket with a small graphic on top that reads, "Dead and Sons." This image is meant to be a parody of the logo for the beloved Hawaiian-based surfwear brand Maui and Sons.

The shirt promotes the Grateful Dead, who are known for their eclectic, psychedelic sound and their unique live shows. The Dead are also known for their dedicated fan base, the Deadheads, who were known to follow the band around the country on tour. This was such a popular activity due to the band's tendency to improvise, so every show was guaranteed to be different than the last. Some of their most popular songs include, "Ripple," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Truckin." The band was founded in California amidst the influence of 60s counterculture. The founding members were Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. The Grateful Dead disbanded shortly after Garcia's death in 1995 but Deadheads are still an active community dedicated to keeping the band's legacy alive.

The 60s counterculture that influenced the Grateful Dead is closely linked to California surfing culture of the same time. California during the 1960s was full of free-spirited individuals rebelling against the establishment, mainly civil rights violations and the intensifying Vietnam War. At the same time, surfing was taking off as a hobby and a cultural phenomenon. Surfing was also looked down upon by mainstream society, coining the term "beach bum" to describe those who lived the surfing lifestyle. The peaceful, free-spirited vibe of the Grateful Dead paired well with California surf culture and this tee is a memento of that connection.

Fits like a modern unisex adult medium


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