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

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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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