Mademark x MTV – The official 1981 MTV Logo Sunset T-Shirt – Celebrate 40 Years of Music Television History



Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s and celebrate 40 epic years of music television history with this classic MTV t-shirt. August 1st, 1981 marked the revolutionary launch of a channel that would forever change the landscape of pop culture – MTV. When the bold, colorful MTV logo first hit the screens and the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll” echoed across the nation, it kickstarted the golden era of music videos and cemented MTV as the place to discover the hottest new music, see your favorite artists, and experience music in a radically new way.

This officially licensed t-shirt features that iconic original MTV logo in all its retro glory. The bold white MTV letters pop against a black background, with the 80s style multicolored bars underneath. Underneath it all is a majestic sunset scene, with palm trees silhouetted against the dusky pink and purple sky. It perfectly captures the vibrancy and non-stop energy MTV brought to the decade.

Whether you remember rushing home to catch the latest music video premieres, watching the inaugural Video Music Awards, or catching MTV Spring Break live from Daytona Beach, this shirt lets you celebrate four decades of music television history. From the cylinder spaceman mascot to unforgettable VJs like Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and J.J. Jackson, MTV shaped pop culture and delivered the music videos, news, interviews and concerts fans craved.

Relive the Early Days of MTV with This Awesome 80s Inspired T-Shirt

Classic MTV logo with 80s style lettering and colorful bars
Vibrant sunset print with palm trees captures the energy and excitement of early MTV
Soft, lightweight cotton/polyester blend (Heather Gray is 90/10 Cotton/Polyester)
Crew neck and classic fit
Machine washable for easy care
Officially licensed by MTV
In 1981, the music landscape was forever changed when MTV launched on cable television and the first words uttered were “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” No longer did fans have to merely listen to music – now they could see their favorite artists through the magic of music videos. From the extravagant productions of Material Girl Madonna to the pioneering hip-hop videos of Run-DMC, MTV brought a bold visual style that reflected the diversity of pop, rock, R&B and rap.

This licensed tee lets you celebrate 40 years of Music Television history in comfort and retro-inspired style. The classic MTV logo pops against the black cotton fabric – the iconic block lettering with the multi-colored bars that defined a generation. Underneath is a majestic sunset scene with palm trees, paying homage to early MTV programming that transported viewers to exotic Spring Break locations. With its vibrant graphics and smooth cotton/poly blend, this tee is awesome for everyday wear, concerts, music festivals, parties or lounging around.

Whether you were one of the first to tune in back in 81 or missed the magic the first time around, this shirt lets you commemorate four decades of music television history. From the music video pioneers of the 80s to the reality TV and award show juggernaut MTV later became, its impact on music and pop culture is undeniable. With bold, retro style and premium comfort, this classic MTV logo tee is a must for music fans who remember when “I want my MTV!” was the mantra of the decade.


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