A blog entry a day, day the third.  So in searching for a pictoral history of nostalgia for my childhood, as I do more than is probably healthy, I kept hitting a brick wall on one subject.  Clothes.  Now this makes complete and total sense to me, because really, who keeps 20 year old T-Shirts and shorts, and their old worn out Vans shoes?  Well okay some weird people do, but hardly any of them scan in images or take pictures of them and post them on the internet.  In particular I’m looking for a picture of a particular pattern of Vans shoes, they were midnight blue with black bats all over them. 

But I digress, because the point of this post is not to keep the search on, but to shed some light on stuff that I did find.  In particular the one item of clothing that I wanted to find were images of the Town & Country Surf and Skate T-shirts that had the various cartoon characters like good ‘ole Thrilla Gorilla as you see to the right.  After a year of looking, I finally stumbled upon the correct phrase in a google search and I found Steven Azar’s website which is like the grail of T&C T-shirt designs.  Steven designed and drew the art for a bunch, if not all, of these shirts during this period of the 80’s.  I think I had all but two of these growing up and I loved them to pieces.  In fact the first game my parents bought me for my NES game system was T&C Surf and Skate (screen shots here, here, and here) probably because I wore the shirts so much.

So for anyone who had a soft spot for these shirts, here are some more of the designs, here and here.