Women’s Grungy Vintage Graphic Tees – 12 Places to Buy

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new products and links for our readers.
Originally Published: July 8, 2019

Vintage graphic tees will always be cooler than sliced cucumber. It doesn’t matter what the era.

Whether it’s paired with a grungy leather jacket or ripped denim shorts, a cool vintage tee is an investment that will take you right through the seasons and be a mainstay in your wardrobe. 

Here are 12 places to help you find your perfect vintage graphic tee, whether it’s new and distressed or purely authentic.  

New Distressed Vintage Tees

Blaine Halverson, founder of Made Worn, resides over his clothing label from his incredible Californian studio which feature no less than two taxidermied giraffes. His studio has been described by the New York Times as a sort of dark Disneyland for adults.

The entire process from weaving to distressing the one-of-a-kind items of clothing is overseen by Blaine himself.

Made Worn’s band tees have been seen on the likes of Brad Pitt, Jude Law and Damien Hirst. It’s no wonder these tees are celebrity favorites. Blaine’s clothes are truly unique. Carefully shredded, stained, and sanded, all by hand, to recreate that authentic look and feel of your worn-to-death favorite.

All of Made Worn’s vintage graphic tees are unisex and fit true to size.

MADE WORN
Rolling Stone US Tour Tee
$160

MADE WORN
Guns N Roses Tee
$160

Junk Food Clothing

Junk Food Clothing is a Southern Californian company that specializes in designing signature, vintage-inspired tees. And they do a damn fine job of it too.

The company works hard to recreate the humble tee using distress and destroy techniques. Their tees really are timeless works of art.

You are covered for men and women and Junk Food even have the meanest collection of vintage graphic tees for kids too.

JUNK FOOD CLOTHING
AC/DC Tee
$44

JUNK FOOD CLOTHING
KISS Tee
$44

Life Clothing Co

Life Clothing Co. is a Los Angeles company that has a boho Rock ‘n Roll vibe to its fashion. They make all their clothes and distressed tees in their hometown of L.A., making it a brand that’s definitely worth supporting.

With a great range of women’s graphic tees, the company is known for its ultra-soft cotton and a relaxed, slightly oversized fit.

LIFE CLOTHING CO
Motley Crew Girls Girls Girls Vintage Graphic Tee
$72

LIFE CLOTHING CO
Grateful Dead Vintage Graphic Tee
$54

Mother is another Made-in-L.A. brand with a cult following thanks to its super-soft denim range.

They also have an excellent collection of unique women’s graphic tees that you’ll be sure to love.

You’ll find creative graphic tees that have a uniquely “Mother Vibe”. Think witty quips like “Busy Doin’ Nothing”.

All of Mother’s tees are made with 100% cotton.

MOTHER DENIM
A Dangerous Game Vintage Graphic Tee
$95

MOTHER DENIM
Worship The Sun Vintage Graphic Tee
$115

authentic Vintage Tees

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around is known for their exquisite collection of ultra luxury vintage items like Hermès and Chanel collector handbags.

First opened in 1993 in New York’s Soho, the company is now recognized as a premier destination for luxury vintage. And they have professional in-house authenticators to boot!

You’ll find an excellent range of men’s and women’s vintage tees at What Goes Around Comes Around. You can be secure in knowing that they are truly authentic, and come with an appropriately high price tag.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
The Rolling Stones Authentic Vintage Graphic Tee
$300 – $600

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
Grateful Dead Authentic Vintage Graphic Tee
$300 – $600

Hellhound Vintage

Hellhound Vintage is a Los Angeles based cult vintage boutique. The company sells rock tees, rare vintage, artisan, bohemian and deadstock pieces from mid-century to the 1970s.

The true specialty of this company lies in its collection of premium vintage rock tees.

You’ll have to keep an eye on their shop though because their coveted vintage tees sell out fast.

HELLHOUND VINTAGE
Stevie Nicks Vintage Graphic Tee
$198

HELLHOUND VINTAGE
Wings Vintage Graphic Tee
$198

Wyco Vintage

Wyco Vintage claims to have the world’s finest selection of authentic vintage tees. And the operative word here is ‘Authentic’.

Located in Kansas City, Wyco Vintage is a highly trusted seller of authentic vintage tees, having had shirts from their collection worn by a long list of celebrities and rock stars.

Some of these tees do not come cheap. With a 1993 authentic Nirvana shirt going for a cool $1,500, this is the No. One place for the die-hard collector of band tees. 

WYCO VINTAGE
Queen Vintage Graphic Tee
$80+

WYCO VINTAGE
The Beatles Vintage Graphic Tee
$200

AFFORDABLE VINTAGE TEES

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is many people’s first port of call for a quality graphic tee. If authenticity is not your priority, then you can be sure to find a grungy band tee here.

The standard staple cotton band tees from Iron Maiden, Rolling Stones, Metallica and Queen can all be found at Urban Outfitters at reasonable prices. 

URBAN OUTFITTERS
Nirvana Destroyed T-Shirt Dress
$39

URBAN OUTFITTERS
Rose Infused Oversized Tee
$39

Free People

Free People will never let you down. For a unique grungy vintage tee with just enough subtle distressing to look like the real thing, they have you covered.

I love how Free People pay attention to creating washed graphics that seem so authentically vintage.

Their tees come in 100% cotton and an ultra soft cotton/modal blend.

FREE PEOPLE
Grateful Dead Indigo 1993 Graphic Tee
$58

FREE PEOPLE
The Doors T-Shirt Dress
$88

American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle has a range of vintage graphic tees, some of which are quite Americana and others that are a more grungy rock band style.

This brand’s tees are made with soft cotton and are lightweight.

AMERICAN EAGLE
Friends Cropped Graphic T-Shirt
$29.95

AMERICAN EAGLE
Black Sabbath Oversized Graphic T-Shirt
$29.95

Modcloth

ModCloth isn’t known for its grungy rugged fashion. Their graphic tees have more of a feminist bent to them with a few Pink Floyd, Blondie, and David Bowie items thrown in for good measure.

ModCloth is definitely worth a look. You never know what creative goodies they’ve just released that’ll catch your eye. The brand always has a huge range of graphic tees to choose from.

MODCLOTH
The Beatles Graphic T-Shirt
$48

MODCLOTH
ModCloth x Dazey L.A. Inform Empower Inspire Graphic Tee
$49

SPOTLIGHT ON

Our Brand Finder lets you discover new and interesting brands like these that specialize in creating the perfect tee.

Chaser is a Los Angeles brand that debuted in the 80’s with punk rock tees. It’s vintage-inspired band and graphic T-shirts are grungy cool.

Goldie Tees is your go-to brand for the softest luxury tees and basics. Made sustainably in Peru from eco-friendly pima cotton.

LNA

LNA started out creating the perfect tee for women. The L.A. brand has a loyal celeb following of it’s collection of well made wardrobe staples.

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