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This Father's Day you can't go wrong with a Sturgis Tee's gift card.


Father's Day Gift Cards
This Father's Day you can't go wrong with a Sturgis Tee's gift card. Purchase a gift card and let dad pick out his favorite Sturgis or Rally T-shirt design. It's win-win, you are son/daughter of the year and dad gets a great Sturgis Tee just in time for the Rally. Gift cards are specially priced for a limited time!

 

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Give Dad something he'll really use this Father's Day!
Send your Father a gift card today and he can wear his new 75'th Anniversary Sturgis Rally Tee on fathers day!

 

 

 

All Sturgis Tee's T-Shirts are printed in Sturgis, South Dakota by Tom's T's.

Family owned and operated since 1976, Tom's T's is the premiere vendor for Official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally apparel.

 

 

 

 


 

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Just in time for Memorial Day, we are featuring our official 75th Annual Sturgis Rally & Races Patriot design in navy blue and black. Check out SturgisTees.com for more of our latest Official Sturgis Rally 2015 designs, available now.

Help us celebrate Memorial Day with 35% off our entire inventory at SturgisTee's.com. Use coupon code 2015MDAY35FF17642 for your exclusive discount on everything in our store.

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Sturgis Tee's Powered by Tom's Tee's Website Launch

Tom's Tee's is proud to announce the launch of our new website, SturgisTees.com. And to celebrate we are offering 35% off our entire stock this Memorial Day. Visit SturgisTee's.com for all of your official Sturgis Rally apparel needs.

Also, just in time for Memorial Day, we are featuring our official design in navy blue. Check out SturgisTees.com for more of our latest Official Sturgis Rally 2015 designs, available now.

Senic byways of South Dakota to enjoy by bike

It’s time to get your motor running and head out on the highway! Warm weather is here and with it comes longer days so you can extend your ride from a little jaunt to a tour de Black Hills. There are many routes winding through the hills and prairies of western South Dakota, each showcasing a special aspect of South Dakota’s beauty. As you plan your weekend’s trip or gear up for the Sturgis Rally, keep these rides in mind for your next road adventure.

 

Central Hills Loop – Start your adventure in the old gold town of Keystone. This quaint community is buzzing during the summer! Before hitting the road, be sure to stop by the taffy shop for a quick sugar fix and a taste of the sweet life at the foot of Mount Rushmore. This route begins and ends in Keystone, SD. Begin by taking Hwy. 244 west toward Mount Rushmore, also called the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Stop by or wave hello to four of our nation’s leaders, as you will pass Mount Rushmore right off the bat. It will be on your right and it’s impossible to miss. Shortly after you pass the monument you get a second chance to view Mount Rushmore, but this time, it’s a profile shot of George Washington. There is a parking area off to the side of the road if you wish to spend a little time admiring the view. Continuing on, after about 10 miles, this road ends at Highway 385, where you will turn left, heading south for a few hundred yards and then make another left onto Hwy. 87 which will lead you to Custer State Park. Follow highway 87 about 5 miles where you will come to a "Y" in the road (Jct. 89). Turn left here to continue following Hwy. 87 and to enter the park. This scenic ride will take you past Sylvan Lake; you may even see a buffalo or burro as you tour the park. Highway 87 (also called Needles Highway) is the hallmark of Custer State Park, the granite cathedral spires shoot out of the mountain landscape. Enjoy the views for about 15 miles, where Hwy. 87 meets with Hwy. 16. Turn left, heading east, and follow Hwy. 16 for about 8 miles to another scenic byway where you will turn left on to Iron Mountain Road (Hwy. 16 North). Enjoy a view of Mount Rushmore through the single lane tunnel as you make your way back to Keystone. Iron Mountain Road again, meets up with Highway 16, where you will turn right, leading you back to Keystone.

 

Highway 34 from Minnesota to Sturgis – If you are visiting the Black Hills from the East, forgo the busy I-90 route in exchange for rolling hills and less traffic. Highway 34 showcases the best of the South Dakota prairie, with waves of amber wheat, green pastures and many towns to stop in on your way through. You’ll even get a chance to visit our state’s capitol before you cross over the Missouri River.

 

Vanocker Canyon byway of Nemo Road – If you are coming to Sturgis by way of Rapid City, forget I-90 and opt for a more scenic route that will drop you into the heart of Sturgis. Highway 44 crosses through Rapid City; in this case you will take Omaha Street, which will turn into West Chicago for about 5 miles. West Chicago again changes names, to South Canyon Road. This road will take you out of town directly into the heart of the hills towards the tiny town of Nemo. Enjoy winding roads, lush scenery and the smell of ponderosa pine. When you arrive at Nemo, veer to the right, onto Highway 26, Vanocker Canyon. Enjoy the rock out croppings and views as you make your way to Sturgis.

 

There are many roads and scenic byways to enjoy in the Black Hills and Badlands! Ask any one of Tom’s T’s employees which route is their favorite; we’d love to point you in the right direction for a ride you’ll not soon forget.

Personalities of Sturgis

When walking the streets of Sturgis, you’re sure to run into some funky styles. Everyone seems to be marching… or riding to the beat of their own drum. When it comes to rally fashion, anything and everything goes. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is peak people watching territory. What’s your Sturgis personality?

Leathers and Lace – You’ve got the week off and you’re miles away from your legit office job and everyone you know. It’s time to loosen that tight ballerina bun on top of your head and let your hair down! You’ve packed a suitcase full of leather, tank tops, bandanas and you’re ready to ride. Corporate attorney by day, biker babe by night.  

Chaps and… - Let’s just say, if you are going to wear chaps, make sure you are wearing something under your chaps. That is all.

Security! – You’re in charge. Know how people can tell? It says security on your shirt. No one can read it though, because your arms are folded across your chest. But with your steely stare and zero tolerance level for obnoxious behavior, people can tell you’re not here for fun. This is your job. You’re motto? “You can’t park there!” I mean, “Safety first and always!”

Bikini Beach – You and 18 of your best friends are in town to make a little cash to raise money for your sorority’s favorite charity and to have a little fun while you’re at it. You’re in a land locked state, but luckily, most Sturgis employers, and visitors alike, don’t mind if you dress for the 90 degree weather. Bikini bike wash anyone?

Trailer Rider – Why would you risk breaking down on the side of the road? Or scratching up that new paint job? You keep your baby safe and sound in the safety of its own little trailer. It’s like a house for motorcycles. Plus, there are windows. It can look out the window… besides what bike wants to stare at the endless prairie? You’ll ride when you get to the “good,” scenery. Plus the trailer doubles as a storage unit. Camp out in it? No way. You’ve got reservations and a pillow top bed waiting for you.

King of the Road – You’d rather put your finger on your bike chain and rev the engine before you’d even consider putting your bike on a trailer. Cross country from New York to Sturgis? No sweat. You camp on the way, hotels are for posers. All you need is your helmet, leathers, a full tank of gas and the open road. 

Spectator- You’ve got your khaki’s and polo on and your tourist pouch strapped across your chest under said polo. Why would you wear leather boots when you can wear socks with sandals? Your camera is at the ready and you can’t believe a 70 year old woman just walked past you in chaps and blew you a kiss. Are you dreaming? Nope, you’re in Sturgis.

Sturgis Veteran – You’ve got the patches, the stonewashed jeans, the boots, a few silver hairs and you know exactly where to go for the best eats and shortest lines. You’ve rented the same house from the same people for the last 15 years, you know what’s up. Even though you’ve got a row of patches from each year you’ve attended, people know you’re the real deal because your T-shirt has the official Sturgis logo and an original design concept. “Where do you get one of those?” they ask. “Tom’s T’s, obviously.” Sheesh, rookies…

No matter if you’re a first timer or an old timer, in need of a little more clothing or just looking to add to your collection, Tom’s T’s offers the official apparel of the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Get your motor running

Its spring, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a ride through the Black Hills?  But before you hit the open road, take a little time to make sure your motorcycle and gear are as ready to ride as you are. Follow these tips to make sure your spring riding season gets off to a fresh start.

 

#1. Get Pumped Up- …to check your tires, that is.  If your motorcycle has been sitting in the garage, waiting patiently for the snow to disappear, chances are the tire pressure has done a little fading away of its own. Grab your owner’s manual and tire pressure gauge to ensure you have the proper tire pressure. Make sure the tread in your tire is good by measuring it against the tire’s warning lines. Also, cold and wet weather can affect tires, double check for any cracks or rot if you’re still riding on last year’s rubber.

 

#2. Embrace Change- Oil is the life blood of your motorcycle. But after months in a cold garage, temperature changes can create condensation in your motorcycle’s engine. Keep it running smoothly by making sure old oil and filters have been replaced by fresh, clean oil and a new filter. If you are unsure on how to do an oil change, here’s a quick overview on how to do it yourself. Otherwise find your nearest garage or motorcycle retailer for a professional oil change.

 

#3. Spark It Up – Replacing old sparkplugs with new ones ensures your motorcycle will start effortlessly at the beginning of every ride. At only a few dollars a plug, sparkplugs are not only easy to replace, but one of the most cost effective ways to keep your motorcycle running smoothly. These small pieces play a big part in the operation of your motorcycle. A quick visual inspection of the ground electrode and the texture of the threading can tell you a lot about the shape your spark plug is in.

 

#4. Hydrate – It’s important for you to keep hydrated on those long rides, but your motorcycle needs fluids too! Start anew by flushing out and replacing radiator and brake fluid. It’s easy to take these things for granted, but you certainly don’t want to find yourself running on empty. Consult your owner’s manual for tips on how to change each for your particular motorcycle model.  Coolant also needs to be changed regularly. A good rule of thumb is every year or 6,000 miles. 

 

#5 Check Your Gear – Double check your helmet, gloves, visor, and other protective gear to make sure it’s up for one more season. Maybe you took a tumble last year that you forgot about and your visor is all scrapped up. Make sure to get that replaced so you can see clearly. Also make sure riding boots, protective leathers and jackets still fit properly and are not ripped or worn thin. Remember, you want the rubber to meet the road, not your skin.

 

#6. Show Your Style – Now that you’re ready to ride, add a few finishing touches to your look with a patch, hat or sticker from Tom’s T’s. Done your favorite official Sturgis Rally Shirt when you grab a snack at your favorite post ride hang out.

 

Tom’s Tee’s is the official retailer of the Sturgis Rally. We’re here for all your Rally style needs. For more information on custom screen printing embroidery services please give us a call at 1-800-865-9995 or visit us online.

Evolution of the Sturgis Rally

With the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally only a few months away, it won’t be long before the serenity of the Black Hills is overtaken by the rumble of motorcycles. While some riders may be experiencing their first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, many will be returning as well-seasoned Sturgis veterans that for one week out of the year consider Sturgis to be there home away from home. Here is a deeper look into how the Sturgis Rally & Races came to be one of the largest motorcycle events in the word.

The Beginning:

J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, local motorcycle shop owner& founder of the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club, is credited as the founding father of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Started in 1938, the Black Hills Classic (as it was called at the time) first took place on August 14th in Sturgis, SD. Consisting of a small crowd and only a handful of racers, the first Black Hills Classic was only a weekend long event showcasing races and motorcycle stunts.

The 40′s:

During the 1940’s, word had started to spread about the gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, SD. With the exception of 1942 when the event was not held due to fuel rationings during WWII, the Classic grew in attendance during this time and new events were added to satisfy the growing crowds.

The 60′s:

By 1960, the Black Hills Classic had reached an attendance of 800 people and with the help of the Jackpine Gypsies the event expanded to include the now famous motocross and hill climb events. In 1964, one block of Main Street in downtown Sturgis was officially closed to facilitate motorcycle parking for what had now become a three-day event and in 1965 was extended to a five day event.

The 70’s:

With the number of biker continuing to increase, the Black Hills Classic evolved into the seven day event that it remains to this day. The 1970’s also brought along the presence of street vendors to Sturgis with nine vendors being officially licensed by the city during the 1979 event.

The 80′s:

1985 brought about the 45th Anniversary of the Classic, a milestone that was dedicated to founder J.C. “Pappy” Hoel by South Dakota Governor William Janklow. Another important milestone occurred in 1986 when local Sturgis resident Tom Monahan donated a piece of artwork to the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce that would serve as the Official Logo of the Black Hills Classic.

The 90’s:

During the 90’s, efforts would be made to better organize this rapidly growing event and a new group was formed that would focus on the growth and promotion of this event while representing the interests of the local community, this group was Sturgis Rally and Races, Inc. During this time the official name of the annual event was also changed from the Black Hills Motor Classic to the Sturgis Rally and Races.

Today:

Over the past 74 years the Sturgis Rally and Races has become the largest gathering of its kind. Each August hundreds of thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon Sturgis for this annual event producing an enormous economic impact for the region.

The Black Hills provide an excellent backdrop and miles of scenic roadways for motorcycle riding and are also home to well-known attractions such as Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and historic Deadwood. This area is a great place to visit any time of the year, but if you are looking to ride, consider visiting during the annual Sturgis Rally and Races in August. Total attendance for the 2013 Rally was nearly 470,000 people, and there is always room for a few more.

A Logo That Lasts

Each day people are exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of brands.  From the moment you wake up and turn off your General Electric alarm clock and brush your teeth with your Crest toothpaste and Oral-B toothbrush to the time that you lace up your Nike sneakers and grab your iPod and head out the door, you are surrounded by brands, and more specifically, brand logos.

Logos are an extremely integral component for a brand.  Logos can act as a visual representation of a brand and can help to establish an identity & set of values that are easily identifiable by consumers, in a sense becoming the face of a brand or organization. While often seen as an image or graphical representation, brand logos can also contain words, acronyms, or any combination of the three.

When it comes to designing a logo, it is important to not only consider how the logo appears as a reflection of your brand, but also how the logo may affect the perception of your brand or company in the eyes of your potential clients. Over time a logo can build trust as well as establish authority and authenticity for a brand, and if it is designed well, it will create a lasting impression that will stand the test of time for many years ahead.

In the early 1980’s Tom’s T’s founder Tom Monahan created a logo for his line of t-shirts and apparel to help raise funds for the Black Hills Motor Classic. Tom felt that his logo exemplified the true spirit and meaning of this event and believed that this logo had the power to convey this message. In 1986 Tom Monahan donated the logo that he created to the city of Sturgis to be used by the city, the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and other Sturgis events for the betterment of the local community.

For more than 28 years the logo that Tom created has served as the official logo of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and has become as iconic as the event itself. Each year hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts congregate in the community of Sturgis during the first full week of August to celebrate this event and many will leave with at least one souvenir bearing the official logo behind this event. The official logo of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally can be found on many items including t-shirts, pins, patches, and stickers, and to this day Tom’s T’s remains the exclusive screen printer of apparel bearing this memorable logo.

If you have a brand logo that you would like to see embroidered or printed onto t-shirts or other items, Tom’s T’s can help. Tom’s T’s Sturgis headquarters offers more than 10,000 square feet of production space and is equipped with state of the art equipment for custom screen printing and custom embroidery services on products including shirts, hats, blankets, jackets, patches, and more. Please give us a call at 1-800-865-9995 if you would like to learn more about our custom screen printing and embroidery services.

The Age of Screen Printing

Printed t-shirts have been a common form of self-expression for more than 60 years. From witty sayings to popular brand logos, printed t-shirts are used to convey who we are, where we’ve been, and what we stand for; but where did the idea come from to turn a piece of clothing into walking a billboard?

One of the earliest recorded images of a printed t-shirt appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in the early 1940’s, about 40 years after the introduction of the t-shirt. By the early 1950’s multiple companies near Miami, FL had started printing t-shirts as way to promote local resorts and popular tourist destinations and by the 1960’s screen-printed t-shirts had taken the form of individual expression that they remain true to this day.

                                                                                  

Adapted from early forms of stenciling (stencil printing), evidence of early garment printing can be traced back hundreds of years prior to the invention of the t-shirt. Evolving around Asia and eventually spreading through Europe in the late 1700’s, early garment printing was a tedious process that involved creating stencils by hand and crafting screens made of silk to imprint ink onto the surface of cloth or paper. Due to the expense and limited availability of silk, this form of printing was a service reserved for the wealthy.

Early forms of garment printing used natural dyes and inks to transfer images onto cloth or paper, but it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that printers began experimenting with different compounds and chemicals to create a more consistent and quality process of printing. As printing processes continued to improve, so did the materials. In 1959 a new ink suspension known as Plastisol was created. Plastisol provided a more durable, consistent result than water-based inks and became the leading choice for textile and garment screen printing.

What originally started as a slow, manual routine has since evolved into a fast, efficient process. Screen printed t-shirts and apparel are often created in bulk using various types of rotary screen presses. Rotary presses have a screen for each color that will be used for a particular garment; i.e. a 4-screen press can accommodate a 4-color design. Presses are available in manual configurations or automatic configurations. Manual presses require an operator to physically load ink and force it through each press with a squeegee; high-end automatic presses are capable of performing these tasks on their own with larger models capable of producing more than 1,000 shirts per hour. 

At Tom’s T’s, we pride ourselves on producing quality, custom t-shirts and apparel at our Sturgis screen printing facility. With over 10,000 square feet of production space and state of the art equipment, we have the ability and the experience to put our screen printing services to work for you. Our experienced and creative staff can help you with the design, layout, and production of your order to fulfill your custom screen printing needs. To learn more about our custom screen printing services, give our shop a call at 1-800-865-9995 or visit us online at www.tomsts.com.

History of the T-shirt

Strolling down the street one might agree that T-shirts are about as common as tennis shoes today. This comfortable garment that we have all come to love is available in hundreds of styles and colors and can be purchased everywhere from roadside gas stations to premier luxury boutiques, but this hasn’t always the case. Introduced in the early 1900’s, the T-shirt is relatively young in terms of clothing, but 100 years later few pieces of apparel have accomplished as much as the T-shirt has during its lifespan.

While it is believed that the T-shirt was created sometime between the Spanish-American War and 1913, it is the latter date that has been considered the official introduction of the T-shirt when the T-shirt became a standard issue undergarment for sailors in the United States Navy. The popularity of the T-shirt quickly spread through our nation’s militaries and by the end of WWII the T-shirt had become commonplace as part of a soldiers uniform in almost all military branches.

During the 1950’s, popularity continued to spread for the T-shirt as it made its way from standard military attire to Hollywood fashion as celebrities including Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Elvis Presley began sporting the classic T-shirt on the stage and silver screen. This spurred another growth surge for the T-shirt and eventually led to the commercialization of the T-shirt with the advent of commercial screen printing in the late 1950’s.

Throughout the 1960’s T-shirts flourished as a form of self-expression, promotion, and propaganda. T-shirts quickly became walking billboards for brands, cartoon characters, and political agendas.   Screen printing continued to be a driving motion fueling the rise of the T-shirt during the 1960’s. Much of the continued growth during 1960’s was due in part to the creation of the rotary multicolor garment screen printing machine developed by Michael Vasilantone. This new technology helped to streamline the screen printing process and simplified the procedure for creating unique T-shirt designs.  

Over the last 30 years or so, the T-shirt has maintained its place as a favorite amongst its closet counterparts. T-shirts continue to provide a canvas for people to express their feelings and individual style and for companies to promote their brand and message. Whether commemorating a special concert or that first trip to New York, the T-shirt has enabled the world to memorialize special events throughout their lives making the T-shirt truly an iconic piece of 20th century Americana.