3D Emblem Info

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3D Emblem Info

Post by memoryvintage » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:46 pm

I'm having trouble searching the forum for info on 3D Emblem. Anyone have any interesting knowledge on the brand? I love the military tees they made.
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Post by memoryvintage » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:06 pm

Here's one from an '87 blue eagle and badge HD tee.

Another from a black "My Harley doesn't leak oil. It marks my space" tee. Heh...
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Post by jimmyj » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:24 pm

Nice, I don't think I've ever seen that harley/3d combo tag. Always wondered about this tag - done several searches before and never found any company info - so never done a BrandPedia entry. I just searched again, one of the top hits is a Defunkd post from '09 asking the same Qs.

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Post by memoryvintage » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:08 pm

Mysterious. Here's my "Terrorist Terminator" 3D tee. I try to always wear it on the 4th of July. The label is too worn to get any info, unfortunately.
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Post by jimmyj » Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:49 am

All I can say is don't mess with Texas. That one is awesome. I sold one years back that said, "Guts, Guns and God are what make America great." Strangely a dude from the UK bought it.
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Post by stage1dave » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:19 pm

Figured I'd post this stuff here here 'cause it's the most recent thread.

I haven't had much luck researching the history of this brand either, but I might be able to add some "timelines" to it.

I spent a great deal of the 80's & 90's gypsying all over NA going to drag races, car shows, plus a few summers on the airshow circuit.

(I also LOVE live music & thought nothing of driving 500 miles out of my way to catch a band I couldn't see at home; that's where how my tour t's started to accumulate)

My interest in 3D was a result of my refusing to do laundry on the road...hahaha. Still remember the first time I saw one...the T/A at Black River Falls, WI in '86. We'd spent a few hours on the JFK when it was still toll in June heat & I was drenched. That damned shirt felt so comfy I had to have a few more...

Fast forward several years, many truck stops, & many more miles...I could gas up, eat, shower,& grab half a new wardrobe in a couple hours. Most of these 3D shirts were $10-$12, tho' I did see them cheaper several times. Also, I had a virtual "wearable" road map of where I'd been. I'd show up back in Saskatoon with a half-dozen stuck in a plastic bag behind the seat...

(I'm a signwriter by trade, & was lettering a lot of big rigs back then; so they always provoked some good conversation...'specially if you wore one from the 4 Way in Wells NV, "hey, is that redhead still there?" or the Forty Niner in Winnemucca or Sacramento "JHC, isn't that a bitch of a hill?"

Anyhow, I noticed by 1991 they were getting real scarce...by '92 all I was seeing was CMJ stuff. The material was similar, but IMHO the artwork (especially on the back print) wasn't up to snuff & the print quality was rougher. The artwork on these 3D t's & the print process (I'm assuming 4CP) was superior to just about everything else, & I was never able to find someone to duplicate the overall quality or feel (of the overall effect, not the artwork itself) once I started doing my own designs.

I guess my fascination with these t's revolves around the almost "laser-like" application of the inks with no discernable build & great layout/colour usage. I see very few t's these days that rival them. (& you won't be buyin' em for 10 or 12 bux!)

Anyhow, as much s I wanted to plaster a few dozen over a basement wall (thought it would make a cool collage, y'know?) I wound up selling most of 'em to the far east. Kept several that had some great memories attached (& still wear 'em occasionally) but it was hard to argue with $150 a shirt...who knew?

If anyone else has something to add, I'd be interested in hearing more details about this company & their product.
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Post by jimmyj » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:44 am

thanks d! good input. the print process was definitely ahead of its time. Im sure it had those using the standard screen process scratching their heads.

amazing in todays day and age that info cant be found...
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Post by memoryvintage » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:44 pm

Great story, Dave!
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Post by jimmyj » Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:45 pm

Perhaps I should be ashamed, but I haven't ever seen this one before. Perhaps I shunned the 90s for too long! Sewn, or embroidered tag - (or is there a better way to describe a tag that's made up of thread detailing?) This came from a 1994 Harley tee.

I think 3D learned their lesson from the 80s tags when their logo wore off - wanted something more permanent.
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