Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Conspiracy Stomp Poster by Robert Crumb (Wavy Gravy, 1969), inspires this "Power to the People" t-shirt design.

This classic poster drawn by Underground Comix legend R. Crumb, announced a concert at the Aragon Ballroom to benefit "The Chicago Eight." The Chicago Seven (originally Chicago Eight, also Conspiracy Eight/Conspiracy Seven) were seven defendants—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Bobby Seale, the eighth man charged, had his trial severed during the proceedings, lowering the number from eight to seven.

The donation required to attend the fund raising party was four dollars, with "all money to the conspiracy." Many of Crumb's poster images were lifted from his comic book work, but not this one. It is is one of the few original images he drew for a particular event, and is possibly his best. Great lettering and design, with an illustration of an anarchist and his Marxist companion doing a joyful swing-style dance. The concert at the Aragon Ballroom featured Phil Ochs, Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner, and Hugh Romney and the Hog Farm Bus, among others.

The "Power to the People" image of a raised clenched fist, pulled from the lower right hand corner of the "Conspiracy Stomp" poster,  became a symbol onto itself. And is now available exclusively at Keep On Truckin Apparel in both short and long sleeve t-shirts as well as hooded sweatshirts in a variety of colors. This week only enjoy 15% off, the discount will be applied at checkout, no coupon code required.

Cheap Thrills T-shirt "Combination of the Two" Available Now!

From the new Cheap Thrills Collection our "Combination of the Two" T-shirt is available now exclusively from our online store at www.kotapparel.com

The Big Brother & the Holding Company album Cheap Thrills was released by Columbia records in 1968. And "Combination of the Two" sung by Janis Joplin was the first song on Side 1. The original cover illustrated by underground comix icon Robert Crumb went on to be voted among the Top Ten album cover designs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Keep On Truckin apparel has released 9 new t-shirt designs all inspired by this amazing album. We are offering this t-shirt design in Men's short and long sleeve t-shirts, in both conventional and organic cotton. You can choose from a variety of colors which include: White, Black, Navy, Stone Blue (pictured above), Targerine and City Green. In Men's sizes Small through 3X.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New T-shirt Design: Ball and Chain

New this week and part of our "Cheap Thrills" Collection we are proud to introduce our Ball and Chain T-shirt. This design was pulled from the Cheap Thrills Album Cover illustrated by R. Crumb in 1968.

KK-747 Ball and Chain Men's T-shirt

Ball and Chain written by Willie Mae,  "Big Mama" Thornton, was belted out by lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company the amazing Janis Joplin. Janis's performance of this song at the Monterey International Pop Festival was considered one of the best performances of her short career.

Available exclusively at Keep On Truckin Apparel, you will find both cotton and organic cotton t-shirt options for both Men and Women, as well as long sleeve tees and cool hooded sweatshirts.

KK-747 Ball and Chain Hoodie
KK-747-2 Ball and Chain Women's Organic Tee

Monday, June 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Keep On Truckin’ Apparel Launches “Cheap Thrills”


Keep On Truckin’ Apparel Launches “Cheap Thrills” T-Shirt Collection

Monday, June 4th, 2012. Today, Keep on Truckin’ Apparel, LLC of Carlton, Oregon, announced the acquisition through Big Brother and The Holding Company of the rights to the “Cheap Thrills” and “Cheaper Thrills” album cover art as part of their apparel line. Online at www.kotapparel.com, “KOT Apparel” features the cartoon artwork of Robert Crumb.

In 1968 when lead singer Janis Joplin and her Big Brother and The Holding Company band mates where less than thrilled with the proposed album cover design provided by their record label Columbia; it was suggested that artist R. Crumb of underground comics’ fame might be just the guy to create a unique cover for them. That iconic album cover art; which Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed to be one of the top ten album covers of all time, will provide the base for our new “Cheap Thrills” t-shirt collection.

Keep on Truckin’s website, at www.kotapparel.com, will begin the introduction of the “Cheap Thrills” t-shirts and hoodies in Early-June, planning to release a total of nine new designs, eight of which will be exclusive to KOT Apparel. Watch for "I Need a Man to Love", "Ball and Chain", "Piece of my Heart", "Combination of Two" and "Cheaper Thrills".

Keep on Truckin’ currently offers three additional t-shirt collections: the “Classics Collection” featuring iconic R. Crumb illustrations; the “Mr. Natural Organics Collection” featuring Crumb’s infamous character and related imagery; and the “Heroes of the Blues” Collection which showcases the early great blues musician who were among the first to record the blues. All KOT Apparel is printed on-demand – based on the customer’s design preference and t-shirt style, color, and size choices. Shoppers can choose from conventional or organic cotton in short and long sleeve styles as well as hooded sweatshirts.
For more information, please contact:
Keep On Truckin’ Apparel
P.O. Box 1150
Carlton, OR 97111