Though tie-dye patterns had been popularized much earlier in time, The Grateful Dead’s spin on these eye-popping shirts saw the peak of their popularity through the 80’s, and 90’s when the band constantly toured around the world. Every event The Grateful Dead would perform at, they would have a new design made, often having art relating to where they were in the world. With the death of the band’s front man Jerry Garcia in 1995, the Deadhead movement seemed to be ending. It wasn’t until 2015 when the Grateful Dead decided to reunite as “Dead & Company” with new members including singer-songwriter, John Mayer joining them to play the bands classics. Dead and Companies emergence slowly but surely found itself creating a new generation of deadheads. This lead to their vintage shirts being sought after by countless fans new and old.
A problem many have found when searching for their own Grateful Dead t-shirt is they can often only be found in size L or XL. Many of the manufacturers of these shirts back then either produced a small amount of these sizes or opted to not produce these sizes completely. The shirts were mainly sold through magazine ads where the only sizes advertised were L and XL. However, some manufacturers used lower quality materials than others, causing many shirts to shrink almost full sizes down. Due to this, many who sell the shirts online will often provide measurements of the shirt along with the size to ensure the shirt you buy will fit.
Good websites online to find some Grateful Dead shirts:
- Liquidblue.com (They have remakes of classic shirt designs in all sizes! Great if you want the look without breaking the bank)
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