Welcome to the Skydiving T-shirt Archive!
Unless otherwise stated, the t-shirts shown here were designed & printed by Guy MacLachlan
The first 15 designs are from the archives of Dennis "Rabbit" Bahen, my mentor for both RW & skydiving t-shirts, ´72-´75. Classics all, enjoy.
Nasty Bros. 10 man speedstar team, early 70's
My all time favorite skydiving t-shirt . . . I love this!
The notorious Gulch t-shirt from around '75. Design rendered from a photo of an actual mummified human arm, stuck in the pea gravel at Casa Grande complete with reserve ripcord. Conflicting stories about this one- If I ever learn the facts, I'll post it here. One thing I know was that the arm traveled to the Nationals that year with a local 10 way speed star team and they used it to serve up the potato salad at the awards ceremony...
My first successful t-shirt, done in partnership with John Posson. I think we sold 100 t-shirts in about 30 minute, then took orders for 100 more. Needless to say, Star Wars had just hit the theaters.
A masterpiece from 1978. Artist unknown- Ghoulage, AZ.
The Perris Thanksgiving Boogie ´79
I was a starving college student in San Diego when I did this one. The design had to double as an art class project and a way to make some bucks at the same time. I got an A and the Conatser's wee DZ store sold out in an hour, keeping me in beans and coffee for another couple months . . .
Leaping Lizard ´81 Client: Jim Handbury / Advanced Airsports, Elsinore
"Jaws" Perris Easter Boogie ´85
Client: Sandy Reed Year: 1985
This design was for a program to drop test square reserves at high speed with heavyweight dummys out in the California desert. A vintage B 24 was used, Norm Kent filmed the carnage.
Client: Bill Booth / Para-Waterski Nationals, Deland Year: 1981
Due to the type of ink thinner I used years ago, some of these designs I've saved on non-cotton sample material have bleeding problems, this is one. The blue pigment bled into the yellow, but the basic design still looks pretty good.
The Swedish Hercules Boogie ´89
Jump or Die '89
Client: Swedish Airborn "Fallskärmsjägarna"
Perris Valley Turkey Boogie ´83
Eat, Fuck, Skydive! Originated with the late-great Richard Hayden & his 10 way team "Airtrash" in Elsinore. They screamed it every time they exited the plane (like "ready, set, go!") After the tragic crash of Spike's Beech in Taft, I wanted to commemorate my friends with this design- that the spirit of Airtrash will live on. And they do! Visit www.airtrash.com Note: This design was altered ´91 (modern jumpsuit & one more color added).
Blue Sky, Black Death '84
I did this shirt because it had to be done (o: And I don't care what anybody says, BSBD was started by Jack "Flash" Ballard in the Elsinore Ghetto, 78/79. The best selling book "Blue Water, White Death" (pre-Jaws) had been out, and he got the idea that he would start a cheer. It was often heard at sunrise in the Ghetto trailer park, Flash peeking out his window and yelling "Blue Sky!", with the reply yelled from Joe Morgan's trailer "Black Death!".
Artist: Rob Thundercloud Printer: Guy MacLachlan Client: Tom Sanders 1982
This design was printed on the back-
The first Swedish Hercules Boogie ´82 Client: Dean Westgaard
Client: Skydive City, Zephyrhills 1991
Artist & Printer: Unknown Perris Ghost Riders Crew Team, mid 90´s
Roger Nelson's World Skydiving Convention ´86
This was the year that a stretch Hercules was flown up from South Africa! As that huge plane pulled up to the loading area, there were often a couple hundred jumpers bouncing up and down like Zulu warriors yelling: "YO-MAMA-YO-MAMA-YO-MAMA-YO-MAMA!!" John Patrick from NYC started that . . .
"Touch" 4 way team, Sweden ´05
Pat Swovelin's "COD Impact" 4 way team '81
EZ Motion 4 way team '81
The extraordinary work of Alberto Vargas & Pat Swovelin, 2004
My current print shop in Huskvarna, Sweden- BSBD shirts are still selling 22 years after the first print run . . . amazing.
Doug "Grouper" Miller and me, The Gulch '73 or '74. Wee Willie Morgan back there in red & white.
Guy, Steve & David- Elsinore Paracenter staff '75
The late great Gypsy Dave and Carla, great customers, SCR Scrambles '79
Nasty Bros. after a "safety meeting". Casa Grande 10 Way Chuteout '73
On our way to El Cap '79
John Posson's modeling my "Jonestown Survivor" T-shirt- Coolaid logo, "high in Vitamin Cyanide, Makes 2 Corpse". Typical customer: "That's sick! How much?"
Jim Wilkins, the king of jump pilots, Catalina Island, '79
The First Family of Elsinore '73
Grouper- Casa Grande '73
An award for jumpers who make a skydive after a 10 year or more layoff. Designed 2012