Claim your Crown with Retro Kings!
Beloved icons deserve respect, and they deserve to be repped far and wide. That’s why born & bred Los Angeles brand, Retro Kings, gives all the best names centre stage on their eye-catching tee designs. From athletes to musicians and plenty in between, you’ll find an idol to inspire not just your wardrobe, but your way of living. Let’s delve into our favs…
First up, a dedication to the late, great Kobe Bryant, with the bold Mamba 90’s Tee, displaying this legend of the game in all his glory. Of course, back in the day, Bryant’s reputation did become tainted, after assault allegations made headlines. To cope with the backlash and to separate his personal and professional life, Bryant decided to give himself an alter ego, “Black Mamba.” The name was inspired by a deadly assassin from Tarantino’s “Kill Bill;” with Bryant explaining; “when I step on that court, I become that. I am that killer snake. I'm stone cold, man." Go channel that energy in this fierce tee!
Another champ of the b-ball arena features on the MJ Rockstar Tee. It’s Michael Jordan of course; flying high and sporting that famous number 23. Even though LeBron James gave this number a home across his chest up until recently, it will always belong to the O.G. James aspired to be like Jordan from the get-go, admitting; “When I started playing basketball, I was like: 'Oh man, that two-three looks good. I wanna be able to fly like him.'” Follow suit and slide into this tee to inspire you to reach your dreams!
Time to switch scenes with an ode to none other than Biggie, in the Notorious Bootleg Tee. Displaying the great from multiple angles, but perhaps most notable, the image of B.I.G in a plastic crown, worn during the rapper’s “King of New York” photoshoot; just three days before his untimely death. The photographer who took the shot, bought that crown for just $6, and it sold in 2020 for $595,000. This tee can be your slice of history for a much friendlier price!
From the “King of New York” to the “King of Cocaine,” it’s the Pablo 90’s Tee, paying tribute to infamous Escobar; the wealthiest criminal in history. He had an estimated net worth of US$30 billion at the time of his death in 1993. It didn’t all get to go to good use along the way though, with one report saying around $2 million was burned to keep his daughter warm as his family were on-the-run! More of his wealth was stored in warehouses and fields, where much of it was eaten by rats or ruined by weather. Wild ones, this tee is all yours!
The Wu-Tang 90’s Tee reminds us of the perhaps lesser-known albums; The Sting and The Swarm by the Wu-Tang Killa Beez; a collab featuring Wu-Tang Clan members and a few associates. Wu-Tang Clan founder, RZA, stated that the group’s mission was “To open up the minds of the youth and the people and become aware of our people, our situation, our community, martial arts, knowledge of self, and all the things that we put into those songs.” Make it your mission to continue theirs, by wearing this wicked design!
Before we say ‘bye,’ say hello to our little friend; the Scarface Framed Tee. That iconic line is one of the greatest and most referenced pieces of dialogue in cinema history, and the Scarface film of 1983 planted Al Pacino firmly in the realm of Hollywood, and also made Michelle Pfeiffer a household name. This tee celebrates all that and more so go score yours before our stock is no more!