Anthony Durso keeps churning them out…
Back in December, I put together a piece about Retropolis Tees, an online purveyor of shirts that celebrate the kitschiest parts of childhood — particularly if your childhood was in the 1960s or ’70s.
I showed off 13 of my favorite T-shirt designs and you should click here to check it out because I really think you’ll dig it. (And to answer your question right off: No, I get no cut of any of this. I just really like what he’s doing and I think you will too.)
Anthony’s got so many ideas bouncing around his head that he keeps adding new designs — there are now 40 pages of selections on his site, ranging from comics to TV to beloved but defunct fast-food restaurants. Hell, he even created a Burger Chef shirt based on my suggestion. And he’s willing to do something like that for you — so long as you follow through and buy it.
Dan Greenfield: How many designs have you added since we last spoke?
Anthony Durso: I’m not sure how many I had then, maybe around 70? Now it’s over 325. I have a huge list of about 150 more ideas on my phone. I see things, think of stuff, jot it down. Some may see the light of day, some may not.
Dan: Some of your best ideas come from Batman ’66. What does the show mean to you?
Anthony: Adam West was my first Batman. Before comics, before Mego toys, there was Batman ’66 in reruns on … WPIX from NYC. Everything I’m interested in kind of branched out from there. My mother used to say the show was “an insult to your intelligence.” I watched it regardless. Adam West is still my favorite Batman, the ’66 Batmobile is still my dream car and Julie Newmar’s Catwoman was my first crush.
Dan: Which of those are your personal favorites?
Anthony: The Surf’s Up Batman shirt is my personal favorite. Seems like something that would’ve been made to promote the upcoming contest down at Gotham Point. Hmmm… writing this I just thought of something I left off on that shirt. Look for a variant coming soon!
Dan: Have people come to you with their own ideas — besides Burger Chef, of course?
Anthony: There have been some inquiries for local-based defunct businesses but so far nothing that has enough of a fan base. Of course people often say, “I’d buy a ___________ shirt” but then don’t once it’s offered. But I’m always open to requests. Even if it’s not offered in the store, I can do a one-off also if someone has a request.
Dan: You obviously have to work around copyright laws. What would you love to do but just can’t?
Anthony: I wanted to do a large-print shirt with the cover of Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man but that was too far over the line.
Now dig these other funky designs. Believe me, these just scratch the surface — there are so many more I could have included:
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