Holy City Zoo 1971 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt




The Holy City Zoo was a small but influential comedy club in San Francisco that originally opened in 1971. Located at 408 Clement Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in San Francisco’s Richmond District, the club was a dark cavern that had a maximum occupancy of 78. There was a small stage set against the back wall, a bar that sold beer, wine, and soft drinks, and a set of stairs at stage left that led to a small balcony known as “The John Wilkes Booth.” The club got its peculiar name from a sign the original owner picked up at a going-out-of-business sale for a zoo in Holy City, California. The Zoo originally opened up as a folk music venue, but after adding a comedy night, comics looking for a venue found the Zoo and gradually crowded out the folk music. It continued as a full-time comedy club for nearly 20 years as the Zoo became a “clubhouse” of sorts for comedians. It was a destination for many after a gig to hang out, gossip, drink, complain about the business, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a big-time headliner working on new material. The Holy City Zoo finally closed its doors in 1994 leaving the space to become a karaoke bar.


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.

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
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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