No matter who you are, where you live, or what your life was like growing up, we’ve all been exposed to the fashion trend of graphic tees. Love them or hate them, there are many different iconic graphic tees out there that you will see at least once in your lifetime.
But, if for some reason you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t had the chance to try on a graphic tee of your own, the top 149 iconic graphic tees of all time will help you to pick out your first, second, or hundredth graphic tee to add to your collection.
Adidas “All Day I Dream about Sports” was founded in Germany and has moved on with becoming one of the most iconic sporting brands around. If you haven’t seen an Adidas shirt, you should probably step outside of your home for some fresh air.
2.) Save Ferris
Another iconic graphic T-shirt that has taken the world by storm, the Save Ferris shirt jumped off of the big screen and onto the backs, and fronts of many fans.
3.) Jack Daniels
A historic whiskey that has been popularized throughout the world is now a graphic tee. These shirts are a classic American staple.
4.) The Ramones
Rock and roll hall of famers, The Ramones will always have a soft spot in graphic tee history.
5.) Mickey Mouse
While a bit juvenile, Mickey Mouse has found a solid footing in graphic tee icon history.
6.) Coca Cola
This one needs very little explaining. Coke has made a name for themselves through their beverages, but also through iconic merchandise.
7.) I Want My MTV
A blast from the past, MTV’s graphic tee is still all the rage in a retro aspect of when Music Television was more about music and less about reality TV.
8.) Harley Davidson
Who doesn’t know what a Harley is? This biker graphic tee is an absolute staple any time of the year.
9.) Keep Calm and Carry On
A more recent iconic tee shirt, Keep Calm and Carry On has been popularized by Hipsters across the world, but originated in 1939 to raise British morale during WWII.
10.) Kiss me I’m Irish
Just in time for ST. Patty’s day, the Kiss Me I’m Irish graphic tee has been a classic go-to during March.
11.) I’m with Stupid
Albeit a bit mean spirited the “I’m with Stupid” tee has been a classic favorite for many years. This is the founder of the directional T-shirts that cause snickers at the expense of innocent bystanders.
12.) Grateful Dead.
The Grateful Dead are not only known for their amazing shows, but for their tees as well.
13.) And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
This iconic tee comes in many different forms, but is often times used as an expression of gratitude toward a well-spent vacation.
It doesn’t matter if you were born yet when the first film came out; chances are you’ve still heard of Ghostbusters. Due to their insane popularity, the Ghostbusters graphic tee is still popular today.
15.) Bob Marley
National music and fashion icon all in one, Bob Marley gained superstar status. This graphic tee is known to have sold over 25 million copies worldwide, making it one of the largest selling graphic t-shirts on the market.
16.) Just Do It
The Nike graphic tee boasts the final words of a convict before execution.
Classic rock icons, AC/DC shirts are still extremely popular in modern fashion.
18.) Che Guevara
This powerful imagery of a Marxist figure was turned into a popular fashion statement.
19.) RUN DMC
One of the most influential rap groups in history, Run DMC’s graphic tees were incredibly popular.
Dare to resist drugs and violence. We’ve all had this graphic tee lurking around in our closets. It is by far one of the best known graphic tees ever made.
21.) Pink Floyd
Another classic rock icon, the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon graphic tee will always be a go-to for many rock fans.
22.) Tuxedo Tee.
Don’t want to waste time renting an actual tuxedo? That’s okay, the tuxedo t-shirt has you covered.
Does it really even need explaining? Batman is amazing, no wonder his symbol makes an iconic graphic tee.
24.) Hard Rock Café
For the love of music, Hard Rock Café graphic tees have been around for ages. With more than 100 restaurants over the world, these have become a collector’s item.
Just as popular as Batman, Superman has his own graphic tee in the running for the most iconic tees of all time.
26.) The Rolling Stones “Lick”
The alternative rock band Rolling Stones graphic “Lick” has become one of the most recognizable symbols of all time.
27.) Vote for Pedro.
A popular graphic tee inspired by the hit movie Napoleon Dynamite in 2004.
28.) I Love New York
It has become one of the most worn tees of all time and one of the most iconic American tees.
Made popular by rapper Drake, YOLO (You only live once) has been worn since 2012.
30.) Austin 3:16
An iconic graphic tee for lovers of WWF/WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin.
A street wear brand that was created in 1980, it has become a popular iconic tee among the surf community.
Whether it’s used for military or civilians, t-shirts with camouflage have become absolutely iconic in fashion history.
33.) Rainbow Brite
A psychedelic colored kid’s cartoon with rainbow horses and twink. This is a throwback to the 80’s and the popular fashion fads from the time.
Everyone’s seen a Metallica t-shirt; it seems to be a staple for music fans.
Founded in 1983, the Big Dogs brand of clothing has become iconic when it first made it big in the 90s when they released their first slogan t-shirts.
Not only is this an iconic graphic tee, it has withstood the test of time ever since it became popularized by the punk rock movement in the 1970s.
While classics are rare, the heart of the Woodstock festival tee design remains in the forefront of iconic tee glory.
FBI graphic tees can be found just about anywhere, but are rarely worn by actual FBI agents.
The well known stripes of the UK Union Jack have gained stateside popularity with this iconic graphic tee.
Who doesn’t love the Punisher? First introduced in 1974, this shirt has become wildly popular.
Angry Birds took the world by storm with a fun and interactive app, but it’s no wonder it was turned into a tee.
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere.
Definitely a fun and sassy t-shirt that not only says its okay to drink early in the day, but lets people know what you think about their opinions on doing so.
This classic cartoon character is an Icon in many people’s childhoods. Nostalgia definitely is at play with this tee.
Bright, edgy, and perhaps a little offensive to the eye, Neon t-shirts were all the rage and can still be found walking about on the backs of many people.
The motto of life, Sh*t happens to everyone.
Bright, vibrant, and an amazingly fun get together; it’s no surprise that Mardi Gras t-shirts are popular.
Smiley Face Tee.
Need something to pick up your day? A Smiley Faced T-shirt definitely did the trick in the past.
Extremely prolific in the south, Rebel Flag t-shirts can still be found throughout the United States and is an icon of history.
The longest running animated TV series, the Simpsons still reigns supreme with the general public. Tell them to get bent with this Bart Simpson tee.
An extremely popular rapper who helped to lay a solid foundation for the genre, Tupac is memorialized in t-shirt form.
Martin Luther King.
A lesson in history and an extremely heart-warming show of solidarity, a Martin Luther King tee is definitely one that everyone has seen.
Virginia is for Lovers.
Much like the I heart New York T-shirt, Virginia is for Lovers has become a well known slogan for those who love Virginia.
This popular T-shirt was made to help draw younger generations into the love of their faith.
Founded in 1983, Hooters has become a staple of wings, waitresses, and their iconic T-shirt and logo.
No longer just for sale on tour, the Misfits T-shirts have become a staple among the music world.
T & C Surfwear.
Town and Country surfwear is an icon in itself, founded in 1971 by Craig Sugihara, this T-shirt line featuring “Da Boys” surfing characters.
Bud Light’s fictional dog character became a hit when it was introduced in the late 1980’s.
Quicksilver, the go-to fashion of the great outdoors, they’re a staple go-to with anyone who is the least bit sporty or adventurous.
Black Dog Tee.
A restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven in Martha’s Vineyard became popular and well known for its souvenir T-shirts.
I Shot J.R. Tee.
A catchphrase coined by CBS in 1980 to promote their television series Dallas.
A line of clothing that chained color with heat.
Vuarnet France Shirt.
After sponsoring the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles, Vaurent became extremely popular in the United States with their Vaurnet France T-shirts.
A star among the pin up wars, Farrah Fawcett was one of the faces of iconic T-shirt history.
Saved by the Bell made this T-shirt what it is today, pushing it to the top of the list of Iconic tees.
Keep On Truckin’.
A one page comic by Robert Crumb first came into existence in 1968; this skyrocketed into popularity when it made it into the form of a tee.
Made famous for turning sports into something you can participate in while in the buff, the slogans became extremely popular among younger generations in the 80’s and 90’s.
Created in 1966, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster is a household name.
Don’t Mess With Texas.
Everyone knows you need to go big or go home when it comes to Texas, it’s no wonder this has become an iconic tee.
Wham! In their “Wake Me up before you Go-Go” video, this t-shirt was brought to life to social issues within society.
To prevent theft, USC printed out tees that said “Property of USC”. However, they have long since become a staple in other colleges and online.
University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish T-shirt is legendary.
NWO (New World Order).
New World Order, also known as “NWO”, was a group of wrestlers such as Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Sting who became some of the world’s favorites.
Shepard Fairey, an iconic street artist was made popular by his Obey Giant works.
Who doesn’t know KISS? Catman, Space Ace, The Demon, and Starchild are all icons in the music world; no wonder their shirts are a staple in music.
Don’t Worry Be Happy.
As sung by Bobby McFerrin, this slogan T-shirt was made popular in 1988.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Who doesn’t know Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael? If you watched Saturday morning cartoons, you knew who they were.
Garth, of Wayne’s World helped to boost this Aerosmith T-shirt into popularity.
Hitting the air first in 1993, Power Rangers were all the rage. Still today their t-shirts are well known.
Founded in 1991, Planet Hollywood though smaller, is still well known and is still operating in many theme parks across the United States.
Introduced in Japan in 1976, this brand has since gone global.
I survived, a t-shirt that has taken on many different faces over the years. Chances are if you’re facing a fear, you’re going to bring home this t-shirt.
If you live on the East Coast, chances are, you know what Brew Thru is. This drive through brew store has sold over a million of these shirts since they opened.
Alvin and the Chipmunk’s “A” Tee.
While Theodore and Simon are amazing, Alvin seems to get all of the popularity with this grade “A” shirt.
Autobots, if you don’t know them, you will want to travel through time to enjoy the original Transformers. This good-guy T-shirt is all the rage even today.
Hulk Hogan, a man who took the wrestling world by storm is still insanely popular today. These t-shirts skyrocketed in popularity once he entered all forms of entertainment.
You can’t have one without the other. The polar opposite of the Autobots, Decepticons are the villains in Transformers.
We Can Do It.
A series of posters created to boost morale for women during WWII, they have become extremely important t-shirts for those who support women’s rights.
Rock history was made when Led Zeppelin entered the room. The band’s logo became an iconic t-shirt for rock fans throughout the world.
If you’ve ever driven a tractor, you’ve probably heard about John Deere. With bright green and yellow, these eye-catching t-shirts are ones that almost everyone has seen.
Lennon’s New York City.
John Lennon made this $5.00 T-shirt from a street vendor insanely popular when he decided to show what New York meant.
What Would Jesus Do, a popular slogan for Christians throughout the world.
Another super hero that is cherished throughout the world, the Green Lantern’s logo t-shirt can be found everywhere.
Jesus Is My Homeboy.
Created by David LaChapelle, the Jesus is my Homeboy shirt has captivated many fans.
Where’s the Beef.
A slogan presented by Wendy’s made its way into presidential politics, ensuring that everyone heard it.
FCUK (French Connection).
French Connection United Kingdom, a fashion retailer based in London England hit gold when they added “UK” after “FC”.
The nemesis of Coke, Pepsi has also become a popular t-shirt. This has solidified the divide between Coke and Pepsi lovers.
Yo! MTV Raps.
MTV was a popular staple with music lovers for years, especially when “Yo! MTV Raps” ran from 1988 to 1995”. While it may have gone the way of the dodo, the logo still remains intact.
Thundercats, Thundercats, Thundercats Ho! A classic Saturday morning cartoon from 1985 to 1989, the Thundercats is still a beloved piece of T-shirt history.
Hello, My Name Is.
A T-shirt that lets strangers know who you are, if you’re tired of having to jot down your name, this T-shirt will save you time and hand cramps when attending seminars.
This T-shirt is one of the most solid foundations in Comic Book history that was made to capture young minds.
Boston Red Sox.
Who doesn’t know the Red Socks? Despite the discomfort of the Yankees fans, Red Socks fans will forever don this t-shirt.
Rock The Vote.
To help promote voting and free speech, Rock the Vote became popular in 1992.
Yet another iconic sports team that has created a plethora of iconic merchandise including t-shirts.
Super heroes will always have a place in our hearts; this is equally true for the Flash’s gold lightning bolt t-shirt.
Everyone knows who Kurt Cobain is, just as they know about Nirvana who created the “Have a Nice Day” logo and created their own with a grunge edge to it.
An Un-cola slogan pitched by 7UP “Yours”.
The Abbey Road, an iconic T-shirt that became the forefront of beatlemania with their final album cover on front.
Who doesn’t love Sheldon? Made popular by the Big Bang Theory, nerds of all kinds will sport this t-shirt for life.
Peace! The iconic Peace Frogs company logo t-shirt is based in nostalgia.
Don’t want to wear a tux t-shirt? Why not wear a curvy bikini babe body instead?
The Mafia classic, the Godfather’s logo is iconic in itself, let alone on the majorly popular t-shirt.
Mud Smiley Face.
You’ve got mud on your face. Forrest Gump made this t-shirt into an iconic must-have.
Popular in the mid 90’s everyone has seen these T-shirts that turn living on the edge into a slogan.
Legends of the Hidden Temple.
Nickelodeon’s hit game show Legend’s of The Hidden Temple was made popular in the 1990’s and has stuck around as a t-shirt years later.
Three Wolves Howling.
Who hasn’t seen this shirt? A classic black t-shirt with three majestic wolves howling to the moon.
Have A Nice Day.
This once started as “Have a Happy Day” and in time changed to “Have a Nice Day”. This iconic T-shirt can be either taken seriously or ironically.
James Dean’s Plain White Tee.
A white T-shirt, nothing more, nothing less, paired with a leather jacket it’s reminiscent of James Dean.
Charlie Brown, whether you’re thinking about the comic, television show, or movies; everyone has seen or heard about Charlie Brown and has seen this iconic shirt.
Give Peace a Chance, the peace sign has been a staple for as long as we can remember.
Opened in 1973, the Country, Bluegrass, and Blues music CBGB was a staple in New York’s music scene until 2006.
Not a lifeguard? That’s okay; you can still look like one!
Tye Dye Tee.
Technicolor Tye Dye tees were made with RIT Dye, which is now sadly being phased out into extinction. But, we have hopes that this fashion icon will always be remembered.
With his portrayal of a fraternity brother, John Belushi has made the T-shirt version of his famous sweatshirt has continued to be spotted throughout the years.
They’re all a little Looney, who hasn’t heard of the Looney Tunes? This Saturday morning cartoon bliss is still seen in t-shirt form.
Created by H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu has become a staple among fantasy lovers throughout the world. It’s no wonder that he has become popular in the t-shirt world.
Frankie Say Relax.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood made this T-shirt the icon it is today.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon.
We’ve all been touched by breast cancer in one way or another, it’s no wonder that this awareness t-shirt has become a staple in t-shirt history.
Mickey USA Flag Icon Tee.
If you didn’t want to have a full blown mouse on your t-shirt, boasting Mickey’s logo with red white and blue was also an option.
I am Iron Man, or, I wish I was. Another hero of comics, Iron Man’s symbol is also a classic and iconic T-shirt design.
Who doesn’t love the X-Men? From their logo to character t-shirts, these iconic T-shirts still remain popular today.
Who doesn’t love this little green Jedi master? Yoda is not only an icon of pop culture; he is also a t-shirt frequent.
Star Wars Tee.
Star Wars, an incredibly popular series of Sci-Fi gold has become iconic with all of their merchandise, including Star Wars logo t-shirts.
PNB Nation “My Name Is”.
The names of three fatal police shootings, this t-shirt has become an incredibly iconic PNB Nation shirt.
The rock gods Black Sabbath’s logos and album covers have graced the world of music for as long as I can remember. They’re definitely a staple in the t-shirt and music world.
Made popular by Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, PlumTree T-shirts can be seen everywhere.
Want to feel like a public enemy? This iconic T-shirt can be seen walking the streets throughout the world.
Who doesn’t love a moustache? While this T-shirt pre-dates the popularity of moustaches, it has definitely made a comeback in pop culture.
Another Graphic T-shirt that has become common place in history, the Killer T-shirt can be found throughout the world.
Who doesn’t know Flash Gordon? This logo T-shirt has been popular for years and continues to trickle into main-stream fashion.
International Order for Gorillas.
From Real Genius, this is the shirt that Chris Knight wears while taking his final exam.
Born in the 80’s Big Fun has been around for years yet hasn’t faded into the background.
The Pineapple Express’s Shark Cat “Shark Kitten” T-shirt is so absurd it’s funny.
Dance Your Ass Off.
Get ready to dance your ass off; this is an incredibly popular T-shirt, especially in the dance community.
One in the Oven.
Once In the Oven pregnancy T-shirts are incredibly iconic, especially when worn by men.
Despite it being somewhat offensive, the Bullsh*t T-shirt has maintained its popularity and icon status throughout the years.
Who doesn’t know about Super Mario Brothers? Whether it’s the classic logo or Mario and Luigi, these gaming classics are iconic T-shirt royalty.
Win Rocky Win.
If you haven’t seen Rocky, you’re missing out on an American classic. This T-shirt, Win Rocky Win, has been worn by proud Rocky fans for years.
Legend of Zelda.
Another gaming success, the Legend of Zelda is an iconic t-shirt for geek culture.
High on Stress.
Revenge of the nerds! This High on Stress T-shirt got its popularity years ago with TV and Movie fans alike.
Atari, the classic home gaming console’s logo is still a well-known pop culture T-shirt design.
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Which is your favorite t-shirt? Did we miss anything from the list?