Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die 1972 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt




In 1971, the boutique at 430 King’s Road in London’s Chelsea district was known as Paradise Garage and future Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and partner Patrick Casey opened a small rock memorabilia stand in the back of the store. When the owners of Paradise Garage got evicted, McLaren and Casey took over the entire venue and named it Let it Rock, expanding their inventory with clothing that was designed by McLaren’s then school teacher girlfriend, Vivienne Westwood. In 1972, the shop was re-named Too Fast To Live, Too Young to Die, and focused on early ’60s rock culture and fashion. This incarnation’s moniker was a self-fulfilling prophecy, as not even two years later, McLaren and Westwood decided to close up shop because of thievery and threats from the Teddy Boy Gang. In 1974 the shop was gutted, renovated, and re-opened under the name SEX. The store specialized in fetish gear as well as outrageous t-shirt designs depicting taboo imagery, e.g., gay cowboys, swastikas, etc., all of which were a hit on the punk scene, where outrageous was the in style. In 1976, the shop was once again re-named to Seditionaries, and the inventory reflected the surging popularity of the Sex Pistols, who were decked out in designer Seditionaries gear from the get-go.


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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