I’ve spotted a few of these on Facebook, so I decided to track down the man behind Mr. B’s Soulful Tees to talk mod and 60s t-shirts.
Billy (the aforementioned ‘Mr. B’) is the man behind the ever-expanding range of t-shirt designs available and until fairly recently, someone who had never had much to do with the t-shirt market.
‘I never produced a t-shirt before I started. However, I used to watch a friend of mine printing anything from cats to stag and hen dos, which I had no interest in, but it did give me the idea to combine my love of music, modernism and all things 60s…Mr.Bs Soulful Tees was born.’
The inspiration behind the range is pretty obvious, but Billy spells it out.
‘The mod scene is a massive inspiration, along with a few other subcultures like skinhead, soulies and the scooter scene. But above all, it is modernists and the 60s that appeal the greatest to me.’
‘Also with my wife Rachel loving the same things, she also helps with ideas. Terry Rawlings also has guided me with some very good ideas. ‘ Billy also points out that he does take requests from customers, which have also boosted the range further.
From a typically slow start, business has grown steadily: ‘I’m lucky to have some very cool cats and loyal customers that have helped Mr.Bs build steadily,’ he adds. ‘Also doing band t-shirts such as the very cool Deep Six…things are looking good at Mr.Bs HQ.’
And for the future? ‘Well, that’s easy, to continue to produce quality t-shirts, sweatshirts etc for a happy and very cool customer base.
If you want to be part of that customer base, Billy has plenty of designs to browse, with just some of them shown on this page (I’ve seen a few more floating around that will certainly appeal to a ‘mod’ audience too). Colour variations of the t-shirts available too.
I know he sells directly via Facebook if you are in contact with him there. Otherwise, the best (and probably easiest) way to pick up one of the t-shirts is to buy via eBay. T-shirts are from around £14.99 and the sweatshirts a bit pricier at £25. If the design you want isn’t there, then it might be worth contacting the seller who can put it up for you. or just check back as new stock is constantly being added.
Note that the article has been updated due to the range changing and expanding over time. The article now includes a number of images of recent t-shirt designs, with a number of ‘out of print’ t-shirt designs removed. But for an overview of what is available right now, do check out that eBay store above.