11 Amazing Retro Pop Culture T-Shirts You Can Buy Right Now

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JackBrookes, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

If your sartorial choices run toward novelty t-shirts but you’re fresh out of options, take heart. We’ve got a cool assembly of retro tees that are perfect for most any non-formal occasion, from exercising to sleeping to hitting up a summer comic convention. Check out 11 of the coolest cotton threads you can buy right now.

1. The Fly; $28

Do you like Jeff Goldblum? Do you like Jeff Goldblum’s stellar portrayal of scientist-turned-fly Seth Brundle in the 1986's The Fly? Then you’ll enjoy this spare portrait of Goldblum as Brundle, giving a wide-eyed look askance at your traveling companion.

Buy it: Fright Rags (Men’s); Fright Rags (Women’s)

2. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn; $28

Oh, Linda! Give yourself a hand with this original art composition paying homage to 1987’s Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, highlighted by beleaguered hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) standing tall over the world's least cozy cabin.

Buy it: Fright Rags

3. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; $42

Be excellent to each other with this souvenir shirt—with dates on the back—from the world tour undertaken by Wyld Stallyns, the bodacious band formed by Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) in the Bill & Ted franchise. You’ll have the perfect attire for the summer 2020 premiere of Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the series.

Buy it: 80sTees.com

4. The Karate Kid; $36

The climactic bout between Cobra Kai’s Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and upstart Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) from 1984’s The Karate Kid gets the 8-bit treatment in this mash-up tee. Press the "B" button to activate the crane kick and send poor Johnny on a downward spiral of odd jobs and functional alcoholism.

Buy it: 80sTees.com

5. Say Anything; $36

The wisdom of Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) in 1989’s Say Anything is represented as an eye chart in this winning recitation of his life philosophy. Remember: Kickboxing is the sport of the future.

Buy it: 80sTees.com

6. Kool-Aid Man; $29

Burst through any wall with this graphic depiction of the Kool-Aid Man, the liquified mascot of the Kool-Aid powdered drink mixes. Just be prepared to have strangers randomly shout, "Oh, yeah!" at you all day long.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. Jaws; $34

It is absolutely safe to go into the water with this striking blue tee featuring the poster art for 1975’s killer shark feature Jaws.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

8. MTV; $25

Remember when MTV played music? Neither do we. But maybe this retro channel logo shirt will help jog your memory.

Buy it: Amazon

9. National Lampoon’s Vacation; $21

Set a course for Wally World, the fictional amusement destination of the Griswold clan in 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. The park will almost certainly be closed, but you can probably still score a t-shirt featuring mascot Marty Moose.

Buy it: Hot Topic

10. Cheers; $41

Announce your intentions to abandon all familial responsibility and hang out with the gang of barflies that populated NBC’s 1982-1993 sitcom Cheers.

Buy it: 80sTees.com

11. Three Stooges; $41

Pay tribute to key Stooge Curly Howard, aka Jerome Lester Horwitz, with this tee that features his handsome mug.

Buy it: 80sTees.com

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11 Great Gifts for Retro Gaming Fans

No Starch Press/Amazon
No Starch Press/Amazon

Video games are more realistic, expansive, and ambitious than ever, but there’s one thing that most modern titles can’t offer: a hit of nostalgia. If you’re shopping for the retro gaming enthusiast in your life, check out these 11 gift suggestions that promise to level up their holiday season.

1. Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp; $30

The Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp is pictured

Liven up a stagnant work area or nightstand with this cool LED lamp in the likeness of Pac-Man’s ghost nemesis. It can flash in a variety of different colors, and at a compact 8 inches tall, you can buy more than one to haunt your living space.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Street Fighter II Home Arcade; $245

Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet.

Relive the sweaty palms and raw fingertips of your youth with this Street Fighter II arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The entire package is true to its classic arcade roots, with era-appropriate artwork adorning the outside and buttons and joysticks that look like they were transported right out of a '90s Pizza Hut. But this cabinet comes with a bonus: Instead of just getting Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, it also plays Street Fighter ll: The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. If you're not in the mood for competitive play, the company also offers a retro Star Wars arcade cabinet, featuring games based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Level One Donkey Kong T-Shirt; $41

A Level One 'Donkey Kong' T-shirt is pictured

Show off your love of arcade gaming with this cool design that depicts Mario’s earliest challenge: navigating the barrel-tossing rage of a giant ape.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

4. Playstation Coasters; $12

A set of four Playstation coasters is pictured

Keep beverage stains off your gaming-adjacent furniture with this set of four coasters depicting classic Playstation controller buttons.

Buy It: Amazon

5. SEGA Genesis Mini-Console: $79

Sega Mini Classic System.

Flash back to the Genesis era with this retro console that features over 40 games from SEGA’s heyday, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter. The system also features a port of the arcade version of Tetris, which never actually made its way to the original Genesis.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks; $11

Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks are pictured
Sock It To Me/Amazon

Keep it professional in a suit but game on underneath with these dress socks featuring iconic game controllers from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.

Buy It: Amazon

7. The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox; $19

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Take in a photographic history of gaming consoles, from the vintage devices of the ‘70s like the Magnavox Odyssey on through Nintendo’s reign and the emergence of Sony and Microsoft. In all, 86 consoles are on display, ending with the era of the PS4 and Wii U.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nintendo Super Mario Bowser Vs. Mario 3-Pack Diorama; $26

A Nintendo Super Mario and Bowser diorama is pictured
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Let other people display fine art. You can show off this diorama depicting the biggest rivalry in retro gaming between Mario and Bowser. You'll also get a Bob-Omb figurine, just in case you want to recreate one of the duo's video game battles.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Playstation Wallet; $25

A Playstation wallet is pictured
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Keep your cards and cash in one place with this Playstation-shaped wallet. There's even a button-snap opening in the shape of the system's disc tray.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Pong Shirt; $38

A 'Pong' T-shirt is pictured

Go so retro that Millennials won’t even know what you’re referencing with this nod to the popular game Pong.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

11. The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater

It may call itself ugly, but those pixelated images of Link from Legend of Zelda are nothing but gorgeous to retro gamers. There's also a Mario version, if the portly Italian plumber is more your style.

Buy It: Amazon

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Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas


Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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