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New Cincinnati t-shirts from Homage

Cincy is lookin’ good thanks to Homage

Thanks to Homage, of course! Our friends up in Cbus have dropped a new set of Cincy threads on us and we’re stoked on em’. Check out the Cincinnati line here.

We can’t wait for Homage Cincinnati to open its doors in Over-The-Rhine this fall. We’ll be shopping there on the reg.

Puns Abound

Johnny Bench's Home Plate logo t-shirt from Homage

Plate. Get it?

Johnny Bench had a restaurant in Northgate Mall that was long gone before we ever got a change to eat there. It’s name was “Johnny Bench’s Home Plate” and if the food was as good as that pun, it must have been a glorious place to chow down. Get this tee from Homage for $32.

Johnny Bench's Home Plate

JB knows the score

Mr. Redlegs Mustache and Pillbox Hat Giveaway

Dat Shirt

Dat Dude t-sirt for Reds Social

Wear Dat Dude

Is worthy. Make sure you pick one up by heading to the #RedsSocial on Friday, June 20.

Our Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

Hometown Hero 2 by Zip Zoo Apparel

We’ve seen a few of these shirts around town the last few weeks and we had to find out who was behind them. It turns out that the talented fellas at Zip Zoo Apparel crafted this epic homage to Mr. Redlegs and our favorite local ball club. It’s called the Hometown Hero 2 and it’s available here.

While we’re at it, Zip Zoo just dropped their 2014 Spring Collection, so make sure to check the new styles as well as the rest of their Cincinnati-centric lineup. They’re a talented up-and-coming local brand and we’re looking forward to what they’re going to dream up next.

Make sure you save 10% off your order at Zip Zoo with the coupon code “CHUNK”. Shop Now.

Riverfront Tee

Riverfront t-shirt

“Riverfront” tee by Blue Seat Media

Our friends at Blue Seat Media (creators of Cincy Lineup) have designed a fantastic shirt paying Homage to a place where many of us spent our childhood summer nights – Riverfront Stadium. Here’s the word from Blue Seat:

Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, The Nasty Boys, The Big Red Machine. So many of us grew up at Riverfront Stadium sitting in the red, yellow or green seats, or if you were lucky enough, the blue seats. This is a limited edition run of 90 T-shirts in honor of the great 1990 World Series Wire-to-Wire Champs. The design is by Blue Seat, a Cincinnati-based baseball product company. Yes, our name is inspired by Riverfront! The shirts are printed on high quality fabric and we have women’s sizes.

Reserve yours now: http://teespring.com/riverfront

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto

Domo Arigato Mr. Joey Votto by Cincy Shirts benefiting the Joey Votto Foundation

Our friends at Cincy Shirts have teamed up with the Joey Votto Foundation for a lineup of Votto-inspired shirts in both adult and kid sizes. Each sale benefits the Joey Votto Foundation. More information:

Cincy Shirts is proud to team up with the Joey Votto Foundation to create this collection of Votto Inspired apparel. A large portion of the net proceeds from the sale of each shirt will be donated directly to the foundation to support the healing of families affected by posttraumatic stress. You can also join Joey’s team by making a donation at www.vottofoundation.org.

View the entire Joey Votto Foundation t-shirt lineup

Cincinnati Reds Star Wars SGA t-shirt

May this shirt be on you…

The first 20K fans at the Reds game on Saturday, May 3 will receive this exclusive t-shirt. Tickets and information on Reds Star Wars Weekend.

Now you’ve Heard

Unheard Of Mr. Deadlegs Snapback

Mr. Deadlegs for your head

Unheard Of – The Swag King of Cincinnati – just dropped a massive bomb this morning with the release of hats and tees celebrating baseball and opening day in the Queen City.

First, the Mr. Deadlegs snapback, an OMGreds favorite, is back! It made its debut last summer in four colorways and sold out fast. Four new variations – Red Black/Red Grey and Tiffany/Black – are in stock for 2014 and will probably go quickly again. You better act fast. $29.99 in-store or on unheardofbrand.com.

Bart Simpson Jay Bruce

“Bart Bruce” is the perfect jam for the Reds fan with a Simpsons problem. Or, is it a Reds problem? Either way, El Barto channels his inner Texas-lefty for this killer tee. $35.00 Red and White S M L XL XXL in-store or on unheardofbrand.com.

Unheardof Big Dead Machine

The Big Red Machine will never die – They’ll just become zombies. Unheard Of really brings it with this tee featuring the now-iconic “Big Dead Machine”. $29.99 Black/Red and Red/White S M L XL XXL in-store or on unheardofbrand.com.

Because I’m Gappy!

Because I'm Gappy

Slap Gappy

Cincy Shirts cranks out a great one for the kiddos! Get the “Because I’m Gappy” tee for your little Reds fan. They need some new shirts for the summer, right?

Buy Now: $20

Mr. OK

Mr OK t-shirt by We Have Become Vikings

You’re more than OK, Mr. OK


Our brothers from another mother down at We Have Become Vikings have melted our minds with this masterpeice – The Mr. OK Tee. Make sure you’re ready for this one. It will wear you. Cop it on the quick at www.wehavebecomevikings.com.

Buy Now: $20

Aren’t you a little short for a third baseman?

Mr. Trooper Legs by Cincy Shirts

Mr. Trooper Legs by Cincy Shirts

Perfect for “May the 4th,” the latest tee from Cincy Shirts melds our two favorite things – Reds and Star Wars – into interplanetary awesomeness. Make sure you pick up Mr. Tropper Legs for yourself – They’re just $20 for a limited time at CincyShirts.com.

Buy Now: $20

Mr. Hustle

Mr Hustle T-shirt Cincy Threads

“Mr. Hustle” tee by Cincy Threads

Cincy Threads brings us a great addition to the fan-created Reds fashion category with the “Mr. Hustle” tee. From the brand:

In our city we like players that get down and dirty for the blue collar fan. That’s what Mr. Hustle represents. For every fan that knows what our team stands for.

We couldn’t agree more.

Check out the Cincy Threads Etsy shop for this shirts as well as a fantastic Cincinnati Royals inspired tee and an outstanding “The Nati” tee.

Buy Now: $25

Darth Skull Mr. Deadlegs Tee

Darth Skull Mr. Dead Legs T

Darth Skull’s Mr. Dead Legs T

Too rad. $20 with free shipping over at www.darthskull.com.

Cdot Podcast t-shirt

The C. Trent Shirt

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Mr. Redlegs and the Redsfest scarf
UNheardof Mr. Deadlegs Snapback

Mr. Deadlegs Snapback

The Mr. Deadlegs snapback from Unheard Of resurrects the iconic design from the Unheard Of store launch in 2008. Available in 4 colorways: Black, fuchsia, aqua and red. It’ll set you back $29.99, but you can’t put a price on being fly, can you?

Check Unheard Of at their location on 4th street downtown or online at unheardofbrand.com.

Vintage Mr. Redlegs t-shirt by Red Jacket

T-Shirt Watch: MR. REDLEGS STYLE

The new Topps Store is turning out to be a great resource for on-point MLB style. Their latest release includes this vintage Mr. Redlegs tee by Red Jacket. We love the tone on tone. Wear with pride, yo.

LeCure shirt by We Have Become Vikings

T-Shirt Watch: LeCure

Our friends at We Have Become Vikings have just thrown down. There has always been the little Sam LeCure/Cure/Robert Smith haha joke, but this design takes everything to a whole new level. WHBV is taking orders via email at info@wehavebecomevikings.com. Drop ‘em a line, so you can look fine.

Cincinnati Reds-style soccer jersey

The Reds Soccer Jersey

Or, is it a football shirt?

Either way, when I posted a image of my creation on Twitter Saturday morning it got a positive response. Many folks asked where I purchased it or where they could get one, so I wanted let everyone know that it’s actually custom-made and share how it was created. It wasn’t difficult really, just a matter of sourcing the parts and getting it put together. So, in an effort to inspire others to create their own, here’s how it all happened…

In 2010 I was inspired to create a Cincinnati Reds soccer jersey for myself. I had picked up a couple of national team shirts over the years, including ’07 England, ’07 Germany, and a ’10 USA.

Though you do occasionally see a hockey-style fashion jersey for baseball teams, I figured that nothing like this existed for baseball, much less the Reds. Knowing that I couldn’t design something completely from scratch and have it produced, I figured I would put one together using “off-the-shelf” parts.

I knew I wanted to incorporate the Mr. Redlegs patch seen on the Reds’ home jerseys as a “crest” type emblem. The trick was to get the right jersey, incorporating the correct Reds font used for the numbers, and of course, getting everything pieced together professionally.

Here’s a rundown of the shirt elements and how they came together:

  • The base shirt is a Nike Team shirt with a white base and thin red horizontal stripes. This is actually the shirt I had in mind when I started the project and I was able to order it from Nike back in 2010. I looked through a few soccer catalogs to see what other styles were available from other manufacturers at the time, but nothing beat this style for me.
  • The Mr. Redlegs patch and NUXY path were both purchased at Koch’s Sporting Goods in downtown Cincinnati. They have a ton of this kind of stuff, including some older patches from the ’88 All Star Game and other goodies.
  • Koch’s also provided the numbers for the back of the shirt. We used just the red layer and they are the same size as the ones used on Reds jerseys, Koch’s also sewed everything together for me.
  • There was one design element that was eliminated while working with Koch’s on the project. I originally wanted to do a white outline around the numbers on the back. This is identical to the design of the actual Reds jersey numbers, except I was not going to use the black drop shadow. The white would have been a subtle effect, but I think it would have been pretty crisp. We left it out was because the shirt material is very thin and we didn’t know if that much stitching would do damage to the jersey. Koch’s was a little nervous about it, so we decided to just use the red layer. It still came out well. Looking back at it now, it probably would have been okay.

Why 25? I guess that’s “my number.” I wore it playing football in high school and college. Oddly enough, I didn’t wear it playing baseball. A lower number or single digit would probably be a little more soccer-like. 2 would have worked for me as well.

Overall, I wanted to keep it simple. There were other add-ons that I thought of, but any more might ruin what is really working for this design. If I were to do another one, I would likely draw inspiration from the ’70s-era Reds designs, using solid colors and the heavy block font.

Our buddy C. Trent Rosecrans pointed me to designer Mark Willis’ blog where he has explored how MLB team designs would translate to soccer jerseys in a series called Soccer Our of Context. It’s a brilliant concept and you can go through his take on the NL Central right here. Personally, I’d love to see a Reds concept with black dropped from the pallet (as would C. Trent), but it’s still a great concept. The Braun (P&G) sponsorship also is a nice German tie-in to Cincinnati though it may not have been the original intent. Make sure you check it out. C. Trent also mentioned creating a look for the Reds based on Croatia’s current kit. Now, that would be great place to start.

So, if you’re diggin’ the soccer/football style, I encourage you to go out and make your own. I think it was a fun mash-up and certainly something unique. Also, when it gets darn hot out in the summer, the lightweight wicking soccer-style shirts are perfect. If you do make your own, make sure you share it with us. We’d love to see it.

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