This week, I plan to buy a commemorative Atomic Records T-shirt because the indie music shop, which opened in 1985, announced last month that it’s closing. I’ll add this T-shirt to my small but adored stack of classic East Side T-shirts.
My all-time favorite local T is my forest green "I’m Hooked On Oriental Drugs" shirt that I bought the day before the iconic pharmacy went out of business. At the time, I also had a light blue shirt just like it, but bought the extra one to have as a keepsake. I’m glad I did because around 1997, a former roommate snagged the light blue version.
My Fuel Café shirt is at least 13 years old, and it shows. I might have to retire this classic black-with-white-lettering gem because I don’t want to completely trash it. After all, I plan to will it to my grandchildren.
My Koppa’s Farwell Foods shirt is eight or nine years old, and I still love it, even though the capped sleeves are dated now. Finally, I included the OnMilwaukee.com shirt because we’ve created a number of really cool shirts, but this was my first OMC T-shirt and remains my very favorite to this day.
Certainly, there are many other time-honored East Side T-shirts out there, so if you have one or know of one, fill us in via the Talkback feature.