Native American Chief T-Shirt. Official John Van Hamersveld T-Shirt featuring design that JVH created for an album cover in the 1960's. We have remade this t-shirt as close to the colorways we offered back in 2004 when we launched Worn Free we have also created a couple of new versions of this shirt click here to to check them out!
JVH Recalls “I found the image of the native American chief on 7th Street and Coronado Avenue in a second hand store, a few doors down from Mc Manus and Morgan, where I bought exotic papers for my art classes. Honeya my art school girlfriend pointed to the pile of photos, suggesting I should take a look. As I shuffled throughout the images he seemed to be looking at me, there was something good about him and felt a connection between us. That was 1967”.
The images first incarnation was as an art print with no text created on 9-28-68, as 500 prints for the promotion of John’s Kingsley Graphic Studio (see photo below).
The "Jefferson Airplane Album Cover" he was working on at the time, was a hit image then as a music store package to promote the band, who were traveling in Europe and America 1968.
Next came the poster for Jefferson Airplane pinnacle performance. Which is featured in the ‘Art of Rock’ book, along side JVH's famous Hendrix Poster.
Later that year John went to New York to pick up royalties owed for the distribution of the “Endless Summer Poster”, and popped by to see Andy Warhol, and gave him one of the Indian Poster Prints.
The poster remained in the The Warhol Foundation archive collection, for reference to JVH’s work in the 60s.
Worn Free Tees are custom made from super soft washed cotton, giving them a great vintage feel, so comfy this tee will be an instant favorite in your T-Shirt rotation. All tees are 100% cotton.
Worn Free reproduces classic vintage style 'fully licensed' tees, in this case from the pen of John Van Hamersveld.