The OK Hotel was a cafe, bar, and music venue located under the viaduct in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district. Founded in 1988, the club came to an end with the Nisqually earthquake of February 28, 2001, which damaged numerous buildings in the historic district. Most widely recognized outside of Seattle as a prominent location in the 1992 movie Singles, the OK Hotel was one of numerous active Seattle rock venues during the celebrated local scene of the late eighties. The first musical group to play live at the venue was local band Seers of Bavaria, featuring future bass player for pop-punk band Flop Paul Schurr on lead vocals. The club’s debut headliner was Vexed, also from Seattle. Local bands such as Mudhoney, Tad, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden and Nirvana (including the first live performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on April 17, 1991) played at the OK Hotel, as well as touring punk, rock, and jazz artists from around the country. It is mentioned in “Thanx,” the last track on Sublime’s debut album 40 Oz. To Freedom. It was also where Queens of the Stone Age played their first live show. In its final years, the OK Hotel had become a treasured home for Seattle’s lively creative music scene, featuring such artists as Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz with Zony Mash and Ponga, Robin Holcomb, Medicine Hat, Sweet Water, the Living Daylights, Amy Denio, the Black Cat Orchestra and The Physics. Eventually, the repair work was done on the structure and the Ok Hotel rose again, though sadly, as a hipster residential property with 42 living spaces and artist studios which are open to the public during First Thursday Artwalks, none of which has the vibe of the former tenant… just another case of vanishing Seattle.
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
- 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.
*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.