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  • Gadsden Dont Tread On Me Vintage Men's Tee

    Every year, I enjoy giving a fresh twist to the timeless Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" design. My fascination with it predates its adoption as a favorite among the Tea Party crowd. I still remember the very first one I wore—a hand-printed, all-over tee from my childhood days outside of Madison, Wisconsin in the 80s.

    The Gadsden rattlesnake has always captivated me because it embodies what I'd call "non-aggressive strength." It signifies the ability to handle one's affairs if necessary without seeking conflict—a trait I believe reflects civilized conduct.

    For those delving into the philosophical essence of libertarianism, this notion forms a significant part of it. It goes by various names, though some sound rather awkward, such as the "non-aggression principle" and "voluntaryism." Nonetheless, they convey the same message: "Respect my space, and everything will be harmonious," or simply put, "don't tread on me." 

    This year, I opted for a colonial-inspired version. I aimed to create an image reminiscent of something colonists might have encountered emerging from an old printing press. Drawing inspiration from my collection of era printmaking images, I fashioned something with a similar nostalgic appeal.

    • 100% combed ringspun cotton
    • Supremely soft, superior quality jersey knit
    • 30 singles
    • Shoulder taping
    • Modern, slightly fitted shape
    • Thinner fabric, great for Summer and warm climates


    S M L XL 2XL
    Length 27½ 28½ 29½ 30½ 31½
    Width 19 20½ 22 23½ 25

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