What is Retro Thruster?

Simply put, Retro Thruster is a t-shirt shop featuring unique t-shirt designs for several categories. These t-shirt categories include: Jack Russell terriers, hemochromatosis awareness, politics, parodies and retro themes. It seems to be a mismatched group, but there's a reason for it. These are all subjects that the designer is passionate about. This is why each t-shirt has a low mark-up, the goal isn't about profit, but rather to use the shirts to promote each subject matter.

The t-shirt shop began as a side project, a hobby, of a graphic designer that had worked in advertising as a creative director for over thirty years. The original intent was to design retro t-shirts with spoofs and parodies of products from decades past, simply for fun. Eventually, it became obvious the printer had difficulty seeing the difference between a parody and copyright infringement, so many spoofs were rejected. So as the owner of a Jack Russell terrier and fan of the breed, the Jack Russell t-shirts designs began. Many still used the parody concept and others were inspired by life with a Jack Russell terrier and from other Jack Russell owners.

In 2014, the designer was diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis (also know as iron overload, the Celtic curse, the bronze killer and in the UK, haemochromatosis) is a genetic disease which results in too much iron in the blood and is fatal if left untreated. It was soon realized most people never heard of the disease. As a result, doctors often misdiagnosed it and family members seemed to ignore the importance of getting tested for it. A search for hemochromatosis t-shirts resulted in t-shirts with burgundy ribbons and vague messages. So to fill the void, the bold, often loud, hemochromatosis awareness t-shirt designs began. Soon after, many people from the UK requested t-shirts with their spelling "haemochromatosis", so a series of haemochromatosis t-shirts specifically for the UK was launched.

Then there's politics and a growing series of political t-shirts. It began with a distressed grunge design series paying tribute to four American legends regardless of party affiliation. All four, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Theodore Roosevelt, have two things in common: each was the target of an assassin and all four had a major impact of positive change on American history. As world news unfolds and with the upcoming Presidential primaries, more t-shirts were added and this group of t-shirts and will continue to expand.

Finally, there's retro t-shirts. The reason the shop was created in the first place. It's apparent this group of t-shirts was put on the back burner and attention was focused on the other categories due to demands and priorities. At the time of this writing, there's only one t-shirt which harkens back to the hypno-coin of the 60's and 70's. But there are many more retro t-shirt designs on the drawing table which will be added soon, including a much requested t-shirt featuring the Retro Thruster logo.

Hypnotic Retro T-Shirts

These Hypnotic Retro or "Hyno-coin" T-Shirts are a nostalgic flashback to the 60's and 70's… when gag gifts and comic books ruled, and ads promised impossibly amazing results for a dollar. Now you can amaze and mystify your freinds and family with the "hypnotic power" of a Retro Thruster t-shirt. Stay tuned, more t-shirts for this category to come.

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Jack Russell Breakfast Box T-Shirts

These Jack Russell t-shirts are a parody of a well known cereal which shall remain nameless. It's a fun, brightly color, fictional breakfast box featuring a maze and Jack Russell breed stat on the side panel and tennis balls, a Jack Russell favorite, in the background on the front.

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Jack Russell Candy Box T-Shirts

Another product parody, these Jack Russell t-shirts are a fun spoof of an iconic candy box. Box side panel lists breed stats and the many of the great characteristics of Jack Russell terriers. And the front box panel features tennis ball colored like caramel popcorn and peanuts as a background.

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Jack Russell Hard Pack T-Shirts

These Jack Russell Hard Pack T-Shirts are another parody of a well known package. This time, a meticulous spoof of a vintage cigarette pack. The side panel has a humorous "warning" for prospective owners.vThe front features a Jack Russel stylized like the original cigarette brand with London as a background.

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Jack Russell Cola Logo T-Shirts

The Jack Russell Cola Logo T-Shirts are a detailed spoof of a well-known cola logo which we won't mention. Complete with water drops, bottle cap shading, precise color matching and a Jack Russell rendered in the same style as the original logo. Not the real thing, but sometimes Jack Russell terriers are better than the real thing.

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Jack Russell Vintage Cola Ad T-Shirts

The Jack Russell Vintage Cola Ad T-Shirts take the Cola Logo T-Shirts one step further with this detailed flashback parody of a classic well-known award winning cola ad from the 60's. After all. sometimes life does go better with Jack Russell terriers.

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Jack Russell Old West T-Shirts

This t-shirt design began as a parody of a famous southern whiskey bottle label. However, to get it approved for print, the black and white of the label being spoofed was changed to an aged parchment wanted poster. So mosey on down the trail to the 1860's, when Parson John "Jack" Russell first started breeding the Jack Russell terrier.

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Jack Russell Blackjack T-Shirts

The Jack Russell Blackjack T-Shirts feature a parody of a winning blackjack hand with an ace of hearts and jack of spades. However this hand has a graphically illustrated Jack Russell as the jack. And of course, the design also includes the Jack Russell's favorite thing in the world - a tennis ball.

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Jack Russell Baseball T-Shirts

Our Jack Russell Baseball T-Shirts come in two styles - a long sleeve ringer t-shirts for men and a standard t-shirts for women. Complete with pinstripes and a player number based on the year Parson John "Jack" Russell started the breed. You'll look like an MVP on the Jack Russell team.

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Jack Russell Crazy Little Thing Called Jack T-Shirts

The Jack Russell Crazy Little Thing Called Jack T-Shirts are one of our best sellers. Jack Russell owners know how energetic and crazy their Jack Russell terrier can be, especially when it comes to tennis balls. These t-shirts feature a Jack Russell "going for broke" in mid air to catch the ball.

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Jack Russell Tennis Ball T-Shirts

Our Jack Russell Tennis Ball T-Shirts could be considered the flagship of all of our Jack Russell t-shirts, especially if you're a Jack Russell terrier. It features a large detailed green tennis ball and the humorous but possibly true saying, "Whenever I wear this shirt, my Jack Russell chases me." And chances are that just might be the case.

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Jack Russell Pray for Me T-Shirts

Anyone who has come home to a living room full of shredded toilet paper might be able to relate to our Jack Russell Pray for Me T-Shirts. Because sometimes there are those days when your Jack Russell can be more than a handful and you may just need some extra prayer support from others.

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Jack Russell Honor Student T-Shirts

The Jack Russell Honor Student T-Shirts are a parody of those boastful classic honor student graphics you might see throughout your neighborhood. Features the high intelligence of Jack Russell terriers with the tongue in cheek saying, "My Jack Russell is smarter than your Honor Student." Graphic is white and works best on dark t-shirts.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Iron Man T-Shirts

The first in a series of Hemochromatosis awareness t-shirts, designed to provoke discussion and promote awareness, as this fatal disease is sadly unknown to most people. It features the symbol for iron from periodic table and the saying "Unfortunately, it turns out I am iron man." The women's version says, "Unfortunately, it turns out I am iron woman." This design works best on light t-shirts.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Iron Kills T-Shirts

The second (and probably loudest and most straight to the point) design in a series of Hemochromatosis awareness t-shirts. The high impact is the simplicity of two words, "Iron Kills" along with an iron symbol and dripping blood graphic in the background. This design works best on dark t-shirts.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Fatal T-Shirts

These Hemochromatosis awareness t-shirts were designed specifically for sufferers to drive home the seriousness of the diseases to their family members who don't know what Hemochromatosis is, and as a result, won't get tested. Designed to provoke discussion and to promote awareness of Hemochromatosis.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness I Bleed T-Shirts

To many who are unfamiliar with the disease, the cure for Hemochromatosis is good old-fashioned blood letting which the doctors now call a phlebotomy. This reduces the level of iron in the blood. These t-shirts are also designed to provoke discussion and to promote awareness of Hemochromatosis.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Gives Life T-Shirts

These t-shirts for the Hemochromatosis awareness series were suggested by a fellow patient with the disease who pointed out that many donate their iron rich blood to blood banks and thereby save others who need it. As with other t-shirts in this series, it is designed to provoke discussion and to promote awareness of Hemochromatosis.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Celtic Curse T-Shirts

These Hemochromatosis awareness t-shirts were designed especially for St. Patrick's Day. Hemochromatosis is also known as the "Celtic Curse" because it is a hereditary disease that traces back to the Celts and Northern Europeans. As with all shirts in the series, it is designed to provoke discussion and promote awareness of Hemochromatosis.

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Haemochromatosis Awareness Winston Churchill T-Shirts

These Haemochromatosis awareness t-shirts were designed after many requests from the United Kingdom for t-shirts with their variation of the spelling. It features the quote: “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” by Sir Winston Churchill.

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Hemochromatosis Awareness Iron Hitman T-Shirts

These Hemochromatosis awareness t-shirts features the "Iron Hitman", the goal is to express the seriousness of the disease without using any words or variations of the spelling in different countries. As with all t-shirts in the series, it is designed to provoke discussion and promote awareness of Hemochromatosis, also known as iron overload, the celtic curse and the bronze killer.

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Political Grunge Series T-Shirts

This series of t-shirts pays tribute to four American legends: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Theodore Roosevelt. There are designs for each legend in dark t-shirts or light t-shirts.

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I Stand With Israel T-Shirts

The "I Stand With Israel" T-Shirts were specifically designed in honor of Benjamin Natenyahu's historic speech to congress. We continue to carry it for those who want to boldly show their support for Isreal as America's long time ally in the Middle East.

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United States Japan Friendship T-Shirts

The United States Japan Friendship T-Shirts feature a new original designer graphic to illustrate the strong unique friendship and mutual respect between The United States and Japan.

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