Commodore VIC-20 1981 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt

Commodore VIC-20 1981 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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Released in 1981, the VIC-20 was a family version of the PET series (using the same microprocessor and Basic language) and was the first computer to sell more than one million units. International Computer Magazine considered it a compact, user-friendly home computer suitable for inexperienced users, and they awarded it “Computer of the Year.” Despite having only 5 KB RAM, it spawned thousands of software programs and games, available on cassette and cartridge. ’80s computing magazines publishing cheap programs for users to type in. Originally dubbed the MicroPET in 1980, it later became known as the VIC-20, with VIC referencing the VIC-I (Video Interface Chip) chip used for graphics and sound. There does not seem to be any obvious rationale behind the usage of the number 20, other than the fact that it was close to the 22 characters per line limit. The VIC-20 had an impact in terms of laying a template for its successor, the wildly popular Commodore 64 (C64), which was released in August 1982. That success would also prove to be the VIC-20’s undoing, as the VIC-20 sold alongside the C64 for a while, but ultimately it became a tough sell against the much more powerful 64K machine. The C64 included 64K of RAM, better graphics, and better sound than the VIC-20.  Initially, the C64 sold for $595, but the home computer price wars of 1983 sunk the cost of all home computers down to the $50-$200 range in the U.S.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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