Retro Graphic: A Brief History of Our Rolling Stones Tees

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Like the perfect pair of jeans or an iconic leather jacket, the graphic concert tee is an undeniable rock ‘n’ roll staple. For our larger-than-life Rolling Stones collection, we delved a little deeper into the significance of three Stones tees, all steeped in history and musical symbolism…

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FLAG TONGUE TEE
One of the first examples of rock ‘n’ roll branding, the infamous “Tongue and Lip Design” Rolling Stones logo was developed after lead singer Mick Jagger approached the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking to commission images for his band. The logo was created by John Pasche and was subsequently used on the band’s Sticky Fingers album.

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VINTAGE MICK TEE
An archival poster design for The Rolling Stones 1972 North American Tour provided the authentic inspiration for this tee. Emulating the look and feel of your favorite old-school concert tee, this piece is crafted from 100% pigment dyed cotton (made in the USA), then finished with a retro design, crackled details, washed out colors and vintage styling.

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SKYLINE SCRIPT TEE
Inspired by an old-school photo of Mick Jagger on stage, this tee features a hand-sketched skyline design and unique handpainted script popularized by concert posters of the 1960s and 70s. Combined with a slightly washed-out finish, the effect is that of a tee you’ve lived in and loved for years.

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