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The 10 Best State Pride T-shirt Designs

Whether you feel state pride because it’s your birthplace or because you’ve relocated, or simply love vacationing there, state pride t-shirts are probably something you’ve purchased at some point in your life. The problem with these types of t-shirts is they are often designed with minimal creativity or even worse, the same design with slight modification could suit any state in the nation.

We love the idea of personalization so we looked for some of the best, original designs for state pride tees on the web. Here’s our list of best of the best.


We have start with this Arizona pride t-shirt because it’s our home state and we certainly think it’s the grandest! What we like about this design is it stays true to a southwestern color scheme and highlights the natural wonder that is our states motto, “The Grand Canyon State.” The artistic simplicity of the design feels retro and modern at the same time and the informal font matches perfectly. Going with natural for the color of the t-shirt keeps the message on point as far as we’re concerned.


The play on words with this California pride t-shirt is a golden opportunity to reiterate creativity is the key to successful t-shirt concepts. The relaxed black scoop neck is the correct choice to reflect California’s famous laid back lifestyle. We can’t tell from this pic if the ink is gold glitter but if it’s not, it should be. .


While this design is specific to Kansas City, not the entire state of Kansas, we decided to include it because it showcases a very cool trend that usually only locals could truly appreciate. Calling out some of the most famous street names is a great homage to the character and flavor of a famous city. The grid pattern reinforces the concept of transit while the overall distress effect offers a gritty edge to the overall design.


This design expresses all the attractions and allure of vacationing in this great state. From the country to the mountains to the coast, graphics illustrate the endless possibilities. The blue t-shirt reflects the color of the flag of Maine and the modest distress on the design alludes to a soft feel.


Making the most of the shape of your state is not something that all states can do. However with Michigan’s unusual shape that somewhat reassembles a hand, this designer has incorporated that feature into the message of the shirt. Hand made in Michigan has our vote as a clever t-shirt design.


The only letters that matter in this alphabet are the initials of the state of Minnesota. Drawing attention to this happy accidental design through use of contrasting ink colors puts this state pride tee on our list.


Montana pride is displayed in this t-shirt design with glimpses of a larger design artfully placed within the silhouette of a bull head. The heathered plum t-shirt product choice offers great contrast.

New York

This New York City t-shirt design is making it onto the list because you can hardly mention New York State without mentioning NYC. We love the hands signs that reiterate the vibrant energy of this city.


The yellow rose of Texas is a folk song that dates back to the 1850’s and has been recorded by famous singers like Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson. The song is embedded in the state’s history and this high contrast silhouette design is unmistakably creative as a Texas state pride tee.


This cheeky design is a pretty clever in its use of an expletive with a benign and charming replacement. It’s both daring and modern and not what you might expect of a Wyoming state pride t-shirt.

If you can’t find your state or city on this list, you can design your own using our state clip art. Search by keyword or by category: Nature/Geography, then select states to reveal silhouettes to begin your custom t-shirt design design.

Working with Ethically and Socially Responsible Suppliers in the Decorated Apparel Industry

Global Supply Chain

The decorated apparel industry is undergoing a transformation. As we understand the scope of our impact on the environment, communities, and economies across the globe, we realize we must be conscientious. Responsible stewardship is not a task that’s easily taken on alone. That’s why we choose to work with manufacturers and suppliers that champion corporate responsibility in these matters.

SanMar Corporation is one of these businesses and we’re proud to say, one of the chief suppliers of our blank apparel products. What makes an apparel manufacturer a responsible global citizen? Corporate responsibility of course starts at home where facilities exist. If a company doesn’t care about their neighbors locally, they can’t be expected to care about their impact on the world at large.

That means giving back to the community in ways like investment in employee career goals and being cognizant of a healthy work to life balance. It would be difficult to retain a quality workforce without offering a chance for individual fulfillment and realization of potential. A business that treats its employee’s right enables those employees to product high quality goods. End users like, as screen printers, can in-turn create products that our customers will love.

Custom T-Shirt Printing

Whether it’s t-shirts for fundraisers, school spirit jerseys, uniforms for employees, or t-shirts for an event, our relationship with SanMar enables us to receive high quality imprintable goods from a company we trust has diligently and ethically sourced their goods. Furthermore, whom we know continuously self-audits for environmental impact in its supply chain.

Responsible sourcing starts with people, the welfare, health, and prosperity of employees. In the apparel manufacturing industry, much of the production is done offshore. But this doesn’t mean the same high standards of human welfare that would be employed on American soil aren’t enforced offshore with manufacturers we choose to do business with. Providing safe and rewarding economic opportunities that strictly adhere to labor laws is a must.

Textile Worker

SanMar Corporation is an Accredited Participating Company of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a Quality Certification Alliance Accredited Company, and a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. As a consumer, you should be concerned that your products are ethically sourced no matter what it might be, whether food, electronics, or apparel. The FLA is a voluntary and collaborative association with its goals aligned to addressing abusive labor practices by giving companies the tools and resources needed to combat it. The association also encourages a culture of transparency and accountability for companies around the world that participate in the supply chain. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition similarly focuses on how manufacturers in the textile industry can identify and rehabilitate environmental impact as well as social impact on communities where they do business.

Environmental Impact

Longevity in the business also ensures that relationships are meaningful. When you work with a supplier that is in the game for the long term, corners are not cut and operations are designed to flourish for the benefit of everyone involved. To build any long term relationship of value, the right partners must be selected from the onset and rigorously held to high standards.

We feel very positive about working closely with SanMar Corporation for our imprintable apparel needs because of the family values they operate under. These include actively recruiting and hiring military Veterans as one of their initiatives. They’ve also been a pioneering force allowing telecommuting for applicable positions keeping hundreds of cars off the road in an effort to maximize work to life balance and reduce environmental impact that results from commuting.

Social Responsibility

Charitable works are expected from companies that label themselves as socially responsible. In Honduras, SanMar works with an orphanage and a medical facility that organizes twice annually medical brigades to provide surgery and therapy to citizens with hand issues. Furthermore, the corporation works with a supplier in the community whose goal is to improve the lives of garment industry workers with the development of a sustainable community consisting of 50,000 homes to improve the living standards of employees and their family members.

To encourage staff to give back to the community through participation in charitable events, SanMar matches any employee’s charitable contribution up to $250 per year. In times of disaster, the company increases this contribution so that the employee’s donation is stretched even further.

Working with suppliers, SanMar has been able to effectively increase sustainability by increasing the quality and life cycle of their garments. Consumers are becoming more aware of the impact that non-sustainable products have on the environment and are demanding more transparency concerning the products they buy. To that end, they have been accredited by the Quality Certification Alliance or QCA.

Textile Manufacture

The QCA improves a business’s credibility by establishing them as a leader that proactively seeks improvements in the industry to reduce environmental impact, increase social responsibility, and certifies the supply chain is compliant with safety rules and standards.

Product safety for the end consumer is of utmost importance and the company has adopted the Restricted Substance List originally developed by American Apparel. None of the substances on the list are allowed to be used in the manufacture of goods. Additionally children’s products strictly adhere to the guidelines put forth by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

It’s our pleasure to have a connection with such an exemplary business that has become a leader in ethics, corporate transparency, and social responsibility on a truly global scale.

Understanding Customers in the Custom Decorated Apparel Business

Understanding consumer behavior

If you want to sell branded apparel or print custom apparel, it’s important to understand where your customer is coming from as far as their mindset as a consumer. When people go through a buying journey people start out as an individual and transform into a consumer. Shifting to a consumer has a direct impact on their ego after consuming a product or service because it reflects upon how they perceive their own competence. This is why it’s so important to control every aspect of their journey when they engage with your t-shirt brand or custom t-shirt printing business. Here are some of the basic factors that make up the psychological process.

Motivation: We buy products that we believe will help us mold our own self-image. To sell t-shirts we need to understand what motivates the consumer. Need is the foundation of motivation, making the consumer want it is the next and perhaps most difficult hurdle. For us, the benefits an individual will receive from purchasing custom t-shirts needs to be conveyed by making those benefits resonate with our customer’s sense of self. We must distill the benefits of our services to align with the customer’s goal. For example, we might have a customer interested in ordering custom t-shirts for a family reunion. We know that personalization brings everybody together and delights the recipient, and the person who came up with the idea to unite the family with commemorative t-shirts is the hero. That’s what the consumer wants to get to, the hero status. In this example, our challenge is to make sure the customer is confident that we’ll be able to deliver a quality product on time for the family reunion, in the sizes requested, and printed beautifully. How do we do this?

Our customer service angle: What is your goal by ordering custom t-shirts? Our benefit features – We’ve printed millions of custom tees, we employ expert screen printers, we employ expert quality control, we offer guaranteed shipping dates, we employ professional artists to review every order, we offer product and design recommendations, and we make our customers look great!

Uncertainties: Your job as a t-shirt brand or even as a t-shirt printer is to lower the feeling of danger. What do people see as dangerous? Overpaying for services and goods is a high risk that makes people wary. People also worry about the functionality of the product such as how it looks and feels when wearing it. The psychological risk is introduced when the customer worries if they will feel badly about their purchase or experience buyer’s remorse.

Online ordering of custom t-shirts gets scary because of competitors and possible past experiences with similar purchases that went badly. The consumer is constantly asking themselves, “Am I making the right choice?” To combat this, we provide as much information about the t-shirt or custom apparel as possible and the ordering process. Include the weight of the apparel product, the color choices available, the fabric content, laundering instructions, and reviews from other consumers that have purchased the same product. In our case as concerns products and print, we have thousands of testimonials that detail the look and feel of the received t-shirts printed by us. We capitalize on that information by including these reviews on the specific products so new customers can see what the general consensus is from other consumers.

Personality: Consumers will ask, “Does this t-shirt and print fit my image?” It’s your job to make your customer happy to be who they are.

Our customer service angle: We listen for clues. Do they reference a gala event, or is it for a sorority? If so, we recommend high end products that will align with their self-concept. We reinforce our authority in our recommendations by sharing stories about other customers whose goals align with theirs. In reference to the sorority customer for example, when recommending a product, we let them know the product being recommended is very popular with other Greek organizations we have as customers. Or, for another example, we had a politician order this product for last year’s fundraiser. Or if for a construction company, this product is very durable, comfortable, and washes well.

Consumer learning: As your customer researches what products and services to buy they need product knowledge and also want to understand the motivation behind the brand. Why do your services/products exist and why should they put their trust in you? Obviously they need to understand how to buy as well, if online, you need to make it as easy and transparent as possible with no surprise fees like expensive shipping sprung at the end of their transaction process. For product choices, they need to know the weight and content of the fabric and how to care for the apparel once received.

Our customer service angle: Does the customer mention previous purchases with competitors? Is price a sticking point? We know cheap often means low quality and like to ask how the customer wants their order of custom t-shirts to be perceived by others. This is not a trick, rather it’s asking our customer to evaluate their own self-image and uphold the standards they’ve set for themselves as far as expectations. We are both affordable and offer very high quality product and printing.

Customers want to be perceived as competent and savvy consumers that made a good deal. People that order for organizations risk their job and reputation so this is particularly important to them.

A post purchase relationship is equally important. This is when the customer will be asking themselves questions like “Did I do the right thing, and did I pay too much?” We try to delight our customers by providing an experience where the service and apparel looks better than expected and exceeds other expectations so their attitude remains positive.

Our customer service angle: We may know the customer is ordering for their company’s annual fun run. We may make a lowest price recommendation and extol the benefits by listing the reasons for its popularity. However we often make higher priced recommendations too because the product is more versatile and comfortable, and also very reasonably priced. By letting our customer know we’ve already done all the hard work for them, there is no reason to worry that they’ve made the right decision.