The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and that means it’s time for the 9th annual ElvisBlog review of the new arrival Elvis T-shirts. We’ll also look at some recently discounted shirts at ShopGraceland.com. It’s interesting to note what made them a hard sell.
New ones first.
ELVIS 68 SPECIAL BLACK LEATHER WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:
This is an excellent one to start with. Elvis looks great in the ’68 black leather. There’s a million shots of that around, but this one also shows the heads of the girls around the pit for the acoustic set. Nice touch. I don’t know what sublimated means; same with the red tonal graphic background it has, but they work just fine. Here’s a bonus — the design is on the back, too. $29.99
JOE PETRUCCIO JUST PRETEND MEN’S T-SHIRT:
I love all of Joe Pertruccio’s paintings of Elvis, and ShopGraceland was smart to use several of them on new T-shirts. This is the Sundial jumpsuit Elvis wore on his last concert in 1977. I can’t figure out why this pose is called “Just Pretend,” but it I love Elvis with his back to the crowd and disappearing into the shadows of the stage. $29.99 and worth it.
ELVIS KISSING GUITAR WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:
The website said this was a promotional photo from the early days, and it’s a good choice. I like the way the blue background varies from dark at the shoulders to brighter around Elvis. Of course, those floating hearts are supposed to be emanating from Elvis as he is lovin’ on that guitar, but I think hearts near Elvis’ head is a super concept for a women’s T-shirt. $29.99
ELVIS PRESLEY HEARTS PROFILE WOMEN’S SUBLIMATED T-SHIRT:
Or, if you don’t want to be subtle with the hearts, here is a beauty for you. Great graphics. And this one is double sided, as well. $29.99. Go get one, ladies.
ELVIS PRESLEY FOLLOW THAT DREAM COLD SHOULDER WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:
This is the first Elvis T-shirt to feature cold-shoulder cutouts. Unfortunately, the three-word cursive graphic isn’t very eye-catching. Hopefully we’ll see more of this style with better designs. $29.99
ELVIS PRESLEY KING OF ROCK N ROLL T-SHIRT:
I like red T-shirts, and this is not bad. It would be better if the image of Elvis was blown up about three times. $24.99
ELVIS PRESLEY SILHOUETTE COLLAGE 3/4 SLEEVE WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:
It looks like most of the best new arrivals are for women. No surprise. I like this one because of the different way they presented the Elvis silhouettes. The 3/4 sleeve and long tail give it a pretty unique appearance. Take another look at the Elvis silhouette on the right. It’s coming up soon on a shirt I do not like.
Next are three discounted shirts with numbers on them..
ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII 45TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM T-SHIRT
Well, it’s colorful and all, but this is just weird. There is fine print that says Aloha from Hawaii 1973-2018, but who can see it? That big blue 45 is what jumps out at you. All of these anniversary T-shirts get discounted the next year, and this went from $24.99 to $12.50.
ELVIS PRESLEY 41 LOGO T-SHIRT:
The website says, “2018 will be the 41st year of Elvis fans from around the world coming together to commemorate Elvis’ life and career.” I guess that’s the politically correct way of saying the 41st anniversary of his death. The out-of-date shirt has been cut from $24.99 to $12.50.
JOE PETRUCCIO ELVIS IS BACK 50 WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:
Okay, can you figure out what the 50 is all about? Elvis in his ’68 black leather suit should give you a clue. It;s a shame to see any Joe Petruccio arywork get used on a shirt that will be obsolete in a year and discounted. This went from 29.99 to $20.99.
How about a couple I really don’t like?
GRACELAND ROCK GUITAR FRAME RAGLAN:
The website says this one is sold out, so somebody must like it. The raglan-cut long sleeve design is a plus. My big complaint is one I have voiced here before. Too much Graceland, not enough Elvis. It costs $29.99. Why bother when that much money will get you some great shirts that feature Elvis?
ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII 45TH ANNIVERSARY WOMEN’S T-SHIRT:
The large silhouette in this design is the one I told you to keep in mind earlier. However, here it looks like a raging Godzilla, mostly because the overlaid concert photography that makes him look scary. Here’s a blow-up.
Then there’s the little silhouette over his neck. That looks like Elvis is getting a radioactive charge that’s about to crumble him to the floor. This T-shirt is a complete mess. It used to be priced at $29.99, now reduced to $15. Good luck.
ShopGraceland also has a selection of $14.99 shirts – the original price, not a discounted one. I wondered if there were any pleasant surprises. No. I should have known why they were cheap.
There are several more of these uninspired designs that feature Graceland with very little Elvis. If you had $30 to spend, what would you rather have two Graceland T-shirts or one good Elvis T-shirt? Like the one below.
JOE PETRUCCIO TAKE MY HAND MEN’S T-SHIRT:
I saved my favorite for last. It’s another Joe Petruccio painting, this time of Elvis in the ’68 black leather. The addition of the marquee stage sign with the lights in white, not red, is masterful. This shirt is no frills, but still packs a big punch. $29.99
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