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The first pre-recorded music cassettes hit the market in 1966, with an initial offering of just 49 titles. This was the first step in the portable music revolution, but it wasn’t until the late ’70s when portable cassette players explode, and retail music cassettes went right along with them. From massive dual deck boom boxes to belt clipped personal players, cassettes were the new way to listen to music. While existing record stores were already carrying cassettes, Tape World launched with an all cassette retail format in their mall stores from coast to coast. Sure, they sold select vinyl titles, but they were wall-to-wall cassette tapes, which gave their relatively small footprint stores the ability to carry a ton of stock. In the early ’90s, cassettes finally overtook vinyl as the music medium of choice for consumers, though their supremacy wouldn’t last long. By the mid ’90s, CD players overtook tape players in sales, and Tape World would begin to slowly fade away.
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.
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.
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.