Given its name, it's no surprise that Tailgate Clothing started as a father-son duo making tees for college sports fans. The line has expanded to so much more, with one goal in mind: to take American classics and make them new again. Nowhere is this mission more evident than in the totally retro-inspired kids t-shirt collection.
See what I mean? How fun are these shirts? From the Evel Knievel tee - perfect for crazy toddlers, am I right? - to Woodsy the Owl who taught us "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute", Tailgate t-shirts add some personality and originality to a modern kid's wardrobe.
It's hard to narrow down my long wish list to a favorite, but I do love the Smokey the Bear tee my 8 year old is wearing. Turns out he's never heard of Smokey the Bear. And, in fact, was very confused as to why a bear named Smokey was tasked with teaching kids fire prevention. "Shouldn't his name be No Smokey?" he asked. He kind of has a point.
So while we debate the merits of the bear charged with protecting our forests, there is no arguing the quality of the t-shirt. It's super soft, 100 percent cotton and tagless (always a plus with the kids). Like all Tailgate Clothing t-shirts, it's designed and printed with water-based ink in Iowa.
In addition to resurrecting some old favorites, many of the kids t-shirt designs feature national points of interest (and pride) from around the country. The collection almost reads like a kids' travel wish list.
If you like the look of these tees as much as we do, make sure you check out what started it all: the Collegiate Collection. But, I do have a formal complaint to file with Tailgate. You know how I feel about The Ohio State Buckeyes and there are NO OSU t-shirts at Tailgate. What is up with that?! Do they carry your team? Maybe they like your team better than mine.