Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gory Gear: Headstone City Horror Tees

With Halloween right around the corner, people like you are surely looking for some deadly duds to dress your dapper corpse! Problem is, most horror-inspired designs are just tees with boring ol’ movie poster prints ironed on them…and EVERYONE has one of those! I love classic horror movie posters as much as the next ghoulish girl, but with horror tees I want designs to stand out and be different than what everyone else is wearing!

Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to find new and exciting horror tee companies that deliver unique designs, but certainly not today! Today I bring you Headstone City, a clothing company that specializes in original designs that you won’t see anywhere else!

Founder and designer Damon Cassaro created the company because he had the same problem as many others with finding distinctive horror tees. So, he decided a solution to that problem was to start his own company where he could design all the shirts to ensure they were one of a kind. His shirts are inspired by all things horror, from movies to magazines and books, as well as a strong dose of rock ‘n’ roll thrown in for good measure.

Cassaro was gracious enough to send a big pack of amazing tees to review, which included Headstone City’s newest designs  “Gravedigger’s Local 552”, “Headstone City Cleaver”, “Your Name Here” and “Chiroptera of the Western Carpathians”. All of the t-shirts are extremely high quality – I always hate when companies use cheaper, flimsier shirts, but I didn’t have to worry about that with Headstone City! All of their tees are thick, yet still soft, cotton material.

Me wearing the Gravedigger's Local 552 tee (don't mind my kissy face; it's just cuz I love these tees so much!!)

My favorite tee is “Gravedigger’s Local 552”, a macabre black tee with stark white lettering that proudly proclaims the gravedigger’s union while a twisted skeleton adorns a spiderweb on the top part of the shirt. Besides the spooky connotation of “the gravedigger” I love the historic feel of the shirt. Even the description of the tee delves into the haunted history of this particular North Carolina union.

As you can tell, I am very amused

Another cemetery-themed t-shirt is the appropriately named “Your Name Here”, another bold design featuring a tombstone with, you guessed it, “Your Name Here” fearlessly etched onto its surface. Those that appreciate morbidly dark humor (like myself) will no doubt fall head over heels for this particular design.

“Headstone City Cleaver” offers a splash of blood-red color with the gruesome aftermath of a cleaver cutting off a hand. And who doesn’t like a little blood splatter on their clothes?

I'm batty for this "Chiroptera of the Western Carpathians" tee!

The girl’s tee “Chiroptera of the Western Carpathians” features one of my favorite animals – the bat. Only, this isn’t just any bat; this is the giant bat that terrorized the Carpathian Mountains in the ‘50s! No matter if this colossal bat ever existed, all that matters is that it looks creepy-cute on this t-shirt!

I love how each of the tees come with their own story – fact or fiction, they are all entertaining! Besides the amusing stories that accompany every Headstone City t-shirt, the tees are special because they are one of a kind, possessing a style all their own. As Cassaro points out, “There are a million shirts you can get with Freddy or Jason on them. But if you want a shirt that’s truly original, creative and avant garde then Headstone City is the place for you…Headstone City’s t-shirts appeal to the devoted horror fan, the passive horror fan and everyone in between.”

Headstone City tees are available on or at several horror conventions in the tri-state area, including Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in NYC as well as the Horror Expo Saturday Nightmares, which will be held March 19-21, 2010, at the Landmark Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, NJ. If you live in  Southern California, you can find Headstone City tees at Necromance on Melrose Avenue in L.A.

If you are looking for high-quality, unique horror tees, Headstone City should be one of your destinations!

Visit Headstone City’s Official Site!

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