Why we got in the game
Footy scarves and faded jerseys. Pubs and clubs and tv screens. Battered blokes on billboards. TV ad nauseam. Front and back. And every page in between. And that's not even counting all those statues…
At Strip Tees, we want to play our part in making football more visible. To colour in the empty spaces with stories from the past and the present. To feed the fan culture and passion in our game.Despite brief flirtations with the mainstream, Football has largely remained on the outer in Australia. Despite our game being the most played sport in the country, it remains on the outer. You sits outside the It's the wogs game. The sissies game. perception is this country has remained on the outer.Since we kicked off in 2018, Strip Tees have created thousands of TEES, HOODIES, HATS and HEAPS MORE with the aim of shining a light on our games’ local heroes and global superstars. Along the way, we’ve lucky enough to appear on BEIN Sports and ESPN and have collaborated with some of the biggest icons in our sport such as Simon Hill on our exclusive Simon Says collection.
While searching for stuff to wear to the World Cup in Russia, we were frustrated by the lack of options. Outside of all the official merch, the pickings were pretty slim. We wanted something you could wear to the game AND the party afterwards. So instead of settling for something mediocre, we drew upon our skills as artists, and simply designed our own. And STRIP TEES was born…
Our aim isn’t to replace all the official stuff — on the contrary, we reckon you should buy as many legit jerseys as possible. Instead, we see our designs as a natural extension of the fan banners you see around the grounds. That’s why we call our work ‘fan art’. And let’s be honest, football in this country needs all the positive ‘fanning' it can get.
What makes us different?
We’re 100% independent, which means our designs aren’t limited to what might sell en masse at your local mall. This gives us the freedom to shine a light on some of our game’s unsung heroes (along with some well-known superstars) no matter their gender, race or sexuality — to help spread the word of our great game. Oh, and as you can tell by our name, we don’t mind having a bit of fun too…
To keep our costs down, we use the latest digital print-on-demand technologies. Not only is this great for the planet, it keeps our prices competitive — with all profits going directly to our artists.
We’re also committed to minimising our environmental impact, so we only use ethically-sourced materials that are CPSIA compliant. You can read more about our printing process and product sizing here.
Lastly, we often donate our designs to help charities we believe in — such as our Simon Hill’s Notes collaboration with Simon Hill, where we’re donating all proceeds to John Moriarty Football. In the past, we’ve also raised money for the Reagan Milstein Foundation and DT38 via the Sokkah Aid initiative. So if you have a good cause, feel free to drop us a line here.
About our artists
We’re lucky to have some of the brightest minds in Australia working with us — and that’s not just us being big-headed. As a collective, they’ve picked up almost as many awards as Messi — including Australian Designers of the Year, Australian Agency of the Year, and Australian Campaign of the Year — plus many more both here and abroad. In fact, you’ve probably stumbled across their work from their day jobs for some of the biggest brands in Australia and around the world. The one thing they have in common though, is a love for football AND design. That’s why if you dropped by our studio you’d hear us talking about Rodchenko just as much as Ronaldo.