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Rancid Nation is a popular global online graphic t-shirt marketplace for print on demand artwork by various independent artists. Items are obtained and shipped from various suppliers. All designs are texture free and printed on soft cotton tees, tank tops and Hoodies. Check out our catalogue of of samurai, anime, martial arts, BDSM, gangster, reggae, muay thai, boxing, hip hop, punk rock, African art, retro movie, military designs and many more.

Our Samurai designs are based on Japan's feudal era. Samurais were members of the Japanese warrior caste. The term samurai was used to denote the aristocratic warriors, but it came to apply to all the members of the warrior class that rose to power in the 12th century. 武士道 is the title for  Bushido code. It is a set of virtues that the samurais live and die by. Please visit our Samurai category for a large selection of graphic artwork printed on  soft cotton t-shirts. Samurais were members of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, began as provincial warriors before rising to power in the 12th century with the beginning of the country’s first military dictatorship, known as the shogunate. As servants of the daimyos, or great lords, the samurai backed up the authority of the shogun and gave him power over the mikado (emperor). The samurai would dominate Japanese government and society until the Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to the abolition of the feudal system. Despite being deprived of their traditional privileges, many of the samurai would enter the elite ranks of politics and industry in modern Japan. More importantly, the traditional samurai code of honor, discipline and morality known as bushido–or “the way of the warrior”–was revived and made the basic code of conduct for much of Japanese society. The Sengoku-Jidai, or Period of the Country at War finally ended in 1615 with the unification of Japan under Tokugawa Ieyasu. This period ushered in a 250-year-long stretch of peace and prosperity in Japan, and for the first time the samurai took on the responsibility of governing through civil means rather than through military force. Ieyasu issued the “ordinances for the Military Houses,” by which samurai were told to train equally in arms and “polite” learning according to the principles of Confucianism. This relatively conservative faith, with its emphasis on loyalty and duty, eclipsed Buddhism during the Tokugawa period as the dominant religion of the samurai. It was during this period that the principles of bushido emerged as a general code of conduct for Japanese people in general. Though bushido varied under the influences of Buddhist and Confucian thought, its warrior spirit remained constant, including an emphasis on military skills and fearlessness in the face of an enemy. Bushido also emphasized frugality, kindness, honesty and care for one’s family members, particularly one’s elders. Check out our Ronin Samurai t-shirt at Rancid Nation. A Ronin was a samurai warrior in feudal Japan without a master or lord  which was known as a daimyo. A samurai could become a ronin in several different ways: his master might die or fall from power or the samurai might lose his master's favor or patronage and be cast off.

Our Gangster graphic design are based on the mafia which is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, arbitrating disputes between criminals, and brokering and enforcing illegal agreements and transactions. Mafias often engage in secondary activities such as gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, prostitution, and fraud. Check out Rancid Nation's large selection of Mob T-Shirts at Gangsters The Mafia, a network of organized-crime groups based in Italy and America, evolved over centuries in Sicily, an island ruled until the mid-19th century by a long line of foreign invaders. Sicilians banded together in groups to protect themselves and carry out their own justice. In Sicily, the term “mafioso,” or Mafia member, initially had no criminal connotations and was used to refer to a person who was suspicious of central authority. By the 19th century, some of these groups emerged as private armies, or “mafie,” who extorted protection money from landowners and eventually became the violent criminal organization known today as the Sicilian Mafia. The American Mafia, which rose to power in the 1920s, is a separate entity from the Mafia in Italy, although they share such traditions as omerta, a code of conduct and loyalty. The modern American Mafia took form under the leadership of Charles “Lucky” Luciano (1897-1962). Born in Sicily but raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Luciano facilitated the killings of the city’s top two Mafia bosses and brought about fundamental changes to organized crime, setting up the Five Families to rule New York and establishing a National Crime Syndicate. Luciano was convicted on prostitution charges in 1936 but was paroled and deported at the end of World War II. Exiled in Italy, Luciano spent his last years helping the Italian and American Mafias make a coordinated push into narcotics. Rancid Nation also has a large selection of Al Capone T-Shirt in our Gangster category. Born of an immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, Al Capone quit school after the sixth grade and associated with a notorious street gang, becoming accepted as a member. Johnny Torrio was the street gang leader and among the other members was Lucky Luciano, who would later attain his own notoriety.  About 1920, at Torrio’s invitation, Capone joined Torrio in Chicago where he had become an influential lieutenant in the Colosimo mob. The rackets spawned by enactment of the Prohibition Amendment, illegal brewing, distilling and distribution of beer and liquor, were viewed as “growth industries.” Torrio, abetted by Al Capone, intended to take full advantage of opportunities. The mob also developed interests in legitimate businesses in the cleaning and dyeing field and cultivated influence with receptive public officials, labor unions, and employees’ associations.  Torrio soon succeeded to full leadership of the gang with the violent demise of Big Jim Colosimo, and Capone gained experience and expertise as his strong right arm.  In 1925, Capone became boss when Torrio, seriously wounded in an assassination attempt, surrendered control and retired to Brooklyn. Capone had built a fearsome reputation in the ruthless gang rivalries of the period, struggling to acquire and retain “racketeering rights” to several areas of Chicago. That reputation grew as rival gangs were eliminated or nullified, and the suburb of Cicero became, in effect, a fiefdom of the Capone mob.  The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929, might be regarded as the culminating violence of the Chicago gang era, as seven members or associates of the “Bugs” Moran mob were machine-gunned against a garage wall by rivals posing as police. The massacre was generally ascribed to the Capone mob, although Al himself was in Florida. Check out our John Dillinger T-shirts in Rancid Nation's Gangster section. John Dillinger was American criminal who was perhaps the most famous bank robber in U.S. history, known for a series of robberies and escapes from June 1933 to July 1934. Rancid Nation Pablo Escobar t-shirt can also be found In the Gangster Category. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949–December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and the leader of one of the most powerful criminal organizations ever assembled. He was also known as "The King of Cocaine." Over the course of his career, Escobar made billions of dollars, ordered the murders of hundreds of people, and ruled over a personal empire of mansions, airplanes, a private zoo, and his own army of soldiers and hardened criminals. Rancid Nation also has a large selection of El Chapo T-shirt that are very popular. Known as “El Chapo” (meaning “Shorty” in Spanish) due to his 5 ft 6 in (1.68 meters) stature, Guzmán was born on 4th of April 1957 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Raised in a poor family and subjected to physical abuse by his father, the young Guzmán was introduced to drug trade by the very same person. Starting to work for a local drug lord in the early 1970s, he soon learned the ins and outs of the industry and gradually received increasingly important responsibilities within the drug cartel. By the start of the 90s, he was already a well-established leader of the Sinaloa faction due to his infamous and fierce ways of doing business.

We have a huge selection of Japanese Anime T-Shirt that are based on popular manga characters such as Akira, Tetsuo, Mobile Suit Gundam, Ghost in the Shell. Check out our selection at Rancid Nation. The plot of Akira revolves around Tetsuo Shima, a teenage biker who suddenly gains mysterious and psychic powers, and his childhood friend Shotaro Kaneda, who is the founder and leader of the bike gang which Tetsuo belongs to. It is set in a dystopian version of Tokyo, which is called Neo-Tokyo in the series.  The first part of the animated film shows Kaneda and Tetsuo’s bike gang, The Capsules, engaging in a violent battle against their rival bike gang, The Clowns. Their battle leads to Kaneda and Joker's face off which is interrupted by the arrival of the police.  The two gangs escape from the police and continue their battle. After Tetsuo defeats a member of the opposing gang, he crashes his motorcycle into a child with psychic powers. He is then taken to a military hospital, while his friends are taken into military custody. Mecha is a genre of Japanese manga and anime that heavily features or focuses on mechanical innovation. Robots, cyborgs, androids, and space stations, for example, all fall under the wide umbrella of mecha; however, robots are usually the primary focus.  The type of robot may vary from series to series, ranging from giant robots used for battle such as the Gundam RX 78.

Visit our reggae section for a huge selection of Jamaican Rastafarian themed artwork in honor of Emperor Haile Selassie I the conquering lion of Judah. We also have a large selection of 80s Dubplate reggae music tees that are based on the popular Deejays and Selectors of the 80s ragamuffin rub-a dub style. Rancid Nation's Reggae Rising from the proliferation of Ethiopianism and Pan-Africanism, Rastafarianism took root in Jamaica following the coronation of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1930. A spiritual movement based on the belief in Selassie’s divinity

Visit our Muay Thai section for a large variety of Thai Boxing t-shirt. 

Muay Thai has been a part of Thailand's history and heritage for hundreds of years.. Many different versions of the history of Muay Thai exist, but all sources agree that Muay Thai was the primary and most effective method of self defense used by Thai warriors on the battlefields of conflicts and wars that occurred countless times throughout the history of the nation now known as Thailand. During this time, a warfare manual named “Chupasart” was written. This manual emphasized the martial uses of each body part. The underlying philosophy of this manual implied that fighting was more than the use of weapons, but most importantly, should engage total commitment from mind, body and soul. In the early 1930s, Muay Thai was officially codified, with rules and regulations created and introduced into the sporting world, to make Muay Thai an international sport of the early 20th century and a safe ring sport. Round contests were introduced along with eight divisions based on international boxing. Queensbury rules boxing gloves replaced the rope bindings on the fighters’ hands. With a centuries long history, Muay Thai has progressed and is now recognized in many countries worldwide, creating a new era of a proud world history. In recent years Muay Thai, both amateur and professional, has swept across the world and developed into a premier ring sport. A fighting art with no equal in terms of unarmed combat and spectator appeal, as well as being a form of self defense and a fitness program. Kicks are a deadly and vital weapon in your Muay Thai arsenal.  A good Thai boxer should be able to throw a wide range of kicks with speed, power, accuracy and consistency. High round kick The Muay Thai high kick is another variation of the roundhouse kick – where the kick is aimed for the head.  The high kick is more of an advanced move than the low and mid kicks, because it requires a lot more flexibility and accuracy – plus it can leave you in a very exposed position if you don’t land it properly.The high kick is an ideal knockout blow, with the intention of catching the opponent’s jaw with force.  Unlike, the low and mid kick, you can connect with the foot and lower shin here, because a high kick will not be blocked with a shin or knee – meaning less risk of damaging the foot.Mid round kick The mid-level round kick is a roundhouse kick thrown to the ribs of your opponent.  It follows the same technique as the low kick, but is thrown at a higher target.Probably the most well-known and devastating Muay Thai strike is the low kick.  The kick is thrown in a chop like motion, with the intention of landing the top part of the shin across the thigh of your opponent.The teep (or push-kick as it is also known) is a forward thrown kick, in which you aim to plant the ball of your foot onto your opponent, and apply force to push them backwards.The teep can be thrown to the legs, body, or even the head – which has been known to result in knock-outs)  The teep can be used offensively to create space for follow up strikes, or simply aggress and push your opponent off balance. It can also be used defensively to interrupt a combo and give yourself some time and space to regroup and counter. Muay Thai Techniques employs eight points of contact: feet, knees, fists, and elbows. That leads to diverse fighting tactics and striking combinations.Elbow strikes: elbow slash, uppercut, elbow horizontal elbow, spinning back elbow Elbows can also be used as a head kick defense measure.  Elbow strikes are a very effective close-range attack. It is utilized to block the opponent's vision by cutting his eyebrow, so that blood may obscure it.  A cut that is deep enough may even end the fight by TKO. Elbow slash is also effective in delivering a spectacular knockout by hitting your opponent's chin. Muay Thai clinch: Various techniques used in a clinch and neck wrestling skills. It includes:  throws knees to the body targeting stomach, liver and solar plexus side knees targeting ribs and the kidney section knee to the face from a dominant clinch position knee leg attacks aimed to cripple the opponent movement leg sweeps  Clinch and neck wrestling are integrated parts of Thai boxing. It gives a fighter a perfect opportunity to use devastating knee and elbow strikes.  One of the effective ways to set it up is to throw a combo of a few punches, close the distance with a short hook, and then follow up to a clinch position. Kicks, which includes: Round kick [roundhouse kick] Head kick [kick to the neck] Push kick [a teep] Low kick [leg kick]: inside leg kick and outside leg kick Cartwheel kick: a special kicking technique often employed by Saenchai Kicks are one of the most powerful strikes in every Muay Thai fighter's arsenal.  The main difference between Thai boxing kicks and any other martial art kicks is that they utilize shin instead of the foot to deliver a blow. This makes them more powerful and reduces the risk of an injury to a kicker. Punching techniques: jab cross hook shovel hook uppercut swing overhand superman punch and advanced techniques like spinning back fist Traditional Muay Thai punches were initially very limited with straight jabs and circular punches being the most used strikes. It all changed with globalization of Thai boxing."The knee is the king". There's no doubt about it. Muay Thai knee techniques are one of the most powerful strikes in any martial art.  It possesses a knockout power - especially flying knee strike - and it is great for wearing down your opponent in a clinch.And of course combinations of aforementioned techniques. Effective use of Muay Thai employs using all sorts of setups. There are combinations crafted for most of the situations encountered in a fight:  defensive combos, where you protect yourself first and foremost even when attacking offensive combos, where you unload on your opponent and taking risk of a counter-attack or just going for an exchange counter-attacks, where you wait for your opponent to attack and block/deflect/evade his strike to be able to hit back straight after. Muay Thai training regime is physically demanding. You will have to invest a lot of sweat to develop great stamina and outstanding cardio before you learn any fighting techniques.  It is absolutely necessary to condition your body and to build up great physical endurance. Only then you will be able to do full-contact sparring with other Muay Thai practitioners.The proper workout will improve your strength and stamina. It will also toughen up your abs so you can withstand more punishment in the ring.Running: this is one of the best ways to boost your stamina. A pattern: slow run - sprint run - slow run - sprint again is great for building up stamina. Running also speeds up metabolism to faster burn extra fat tissue. Jump Rope Workout: good for stamina and breathing efficiency. It also helps to improve your footwork and limb coordination. Plank: toughens up abs, back muscles, and shoulders. Sit-Ups: standard ones and bicycle Sit Ups. Great abs workout Leg Raises: from lying and seated position. Don't forget to change the tempo of the exercise at regular time intervals. This workout tones abdominal muscles.Thai crunch: is performed by hitting the stomach after full contraction. This variation is used by Thai fighters for conditioning the core. This way they are able to absorb much more punishment from knees strikes and punches during a fight. reverse crunch: is done with the upper back on the floor and lifting the hips up instead. twisting crunch: is performed by lifting one shoulder at a time. More emphasis is placed on the obliques. cable crunch: is performed while kneeling upright by curling the body to pull down on a cable machine. The hips are kept motionless.dips: build up triceps and chest muscles. Add some weights for extra resistance.  Shoulder width dips work well for triceps and the rhomboid muscles of your back.  Wide arm dips put more weight on the pectoral chest muscles. squats: great for building up leg muscles. I recommend doing both: bodyweight only and barbell squats pull-ups:  overhand pull-ups back of your palm is facing your head while lifting yourself up. This exercise is very good for training triceps, forearms, and back muscles.  Underhand pull-ups are more effective for training biceps.Push-ups: are great for developing chest, triceps, and shoulder muscles: diamond push-ups improve chest, triceps, and shoulder muscles. Wide grip push-ups: build up chest muscles Staggered push-ups: put pressure on shoulders, triceps, and abs.Muay Thai drills:  Start with a basic Jab and Cross combo while moving around the bag. You can also mix it up with round kicks and elbow strikes. Grab the bag with both hands and hit it with your knees. Deliver a front knee and side knee strikes. Thai pad drills:  training kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. Improves stamina and body coordination. Useful to memorize more advanced combinations.  A standard drill consists of x10 to x100 fast straight kicks for each leg and Jab + Cross boxing combinations. But there is much more to do and you are only limited by your stamina and your body coordination and the experience of the pad holder. Shadow boxing: improves focus and body coordination. It helps to develop muscle memory to memorize fighting techniques on a physical level. Shadow boxing is a very personal form of exercise. You have to develop your own unique shadow boxing routine. Sparring: it virtually improves every aspect of fighting. It is also the best way of monitoring training progress and the essential part of every Muay Thai training and conditioning. Muay Thai Sak Yant Tattoos sak means “to tap” or “to tattoo”, and yant means “yantra”, which is originally a Sanskrit word. Sak Yant tattoos are a traditional Thai form of tattooing, involving sacred geometrical designs. They are incredibly intricate, and each element will have a specific meaning for the wearer.  These tattoos have very strong ties to religion and spirituality. They have been impacted by a number of different religions over time, but the main two that they have been shaped by are Buddhism and Hinduism. The majority of traditional Sak Yant tattoos will take place in temples, but people do deviate from this norm from time to time.  In terms of aesthetics, Sak Yant tattooing is beautiful. They are geometric in nature, and are usually done in thick, black line work. They take a lot of skill and a very delicate hand to complete. A lot of them feature traditional script work, along with meaningful symbols ranging from religious signs to flowers and animals. What’s interesting about the Sak Yant tattoo style is that they are tattooed with traditional instruments, using the ‘hand poked’ style- instead of using a standard electric tattoo machine.hey were originally introduced to the world by the Khmer people, from the Khmer Empire. They have been influenced by a number of religious and spiritual practices over the years, too. The most common religion that Sak Yant tattoos get linked to is Buddhism. The majority of traditional Sak Yant tattoos will be performed by Buddhist monks at a temple. The monks will have had to go through incredibly rigorous training to be able to do this style of tattooing. They will have studied under somebody who has had years of experience, similar to the traditional tattoo apprenticeship style of working. It’s not just something that you can pick up overnight, as the history and symbolism behind it is incredibly complex.  A lot of the symbolism used in Sak Yant tattoos relates directly to the Buddhist faith. The script featured in many designs will often be a chant or a mantra, and a lot of religious iconography can be used as well. They are believed to have magical or blessed properties, and each individual element will have a specific blessing to it. One of the things that Sak Yant artists have to learn while studying is Buddhist psalms. This is a hugely important element of the spiritual side of this art style.

Checkout our Black History Category for a large selection of Pan-African T-Shirts. Pan Africanism is an acknowledgement of the social, cultural, and historical bonds that unite people of African descent. Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican immigrant, was the leader of the largest black mass movement in the nation's history.  His Universal Negro Improvement Association, which had chapters throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa, promoted race pride, economic self-sufficiency in the black community, and pan-Africanism.  At its height, the U.N.I.A. boasted millions of members, a shipping line that connected North America, the Caribbean and Africa, and a weekly newsletter.  Garveyism was a welcome alternative to racism, assimilation, or colonialism for black people in the United States and around the world. Kwame Nkrumah fathered Pan-Africanism. He was a Black African Statesman and political activist from Ghana. He also promoted Pan-Africanism, a movement for cooperation between all people of African descent and for the political union of an independent Africa. In 1945 he went to London, to study economics and law. That year he helped organize the fifth Pan-African Congress, in Manchester; with black American sociologist and writer W. E. B. Du Bois, future president of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta, and American actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. Black History Month is synonymous with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, The Black Panthers, Dr John Henrik Clarke, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver and Barack Obama, there are countless other African Americans who've made a profound impact in history: self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, astronaut Mae C. Jemison, open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, inventor Garret Morgan,  "Father of Black History" Carter G. Woodson, who lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide celebration. The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the 1950s and 1960s for Black Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. ... They, along with many white Americans, mobilized and began an unprecedented fight for equality that spanned two decades. 

Check out our Ancient Egyptian Kemetic T-Shirts. Most Egyptian gods represented one principle aspect of the world: Ra was the sun god, for example, and Nut was goddess of the sky. The characters of the gods were not clearly defined. Most were generally benevolent but their favor could not be counted on. Some gods were spiteful and had to be placated. Some, such as Neith, Sekhmet, and Mut, had changeable characters. The god Seth, who murdered his brother Osiris, embodied the malevolent and disordered aspects of the world.  The physical form taken on by the various Egyptian gods was usually a combination of human and animal, and many were associated with one or more animal species. And an animal could express a deity’s mood. When a god was angry, she might be portrayed as a ferocious lioness; when gentle, a cat. The convention was to depict the animal gods with a human body and an animal head. The opposite convention was sometimes used for representations of a king, who might be portrayed with a human head and a lion’s body, as in the case of the Sphinx. Sphinxes might also appear with other heads, particularly those of rams or falcons.  Many deities were represented only in human form. Among these were such very ancient figures as the cosmic gods Shu of the air, Geb of the earth, the fertility god Min, and the craftsman Ptah. Nut was the mother of Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephythys, Nut is usually shown in human form; her elongated body symbolizing the sky. Each limb represents a cardinal point as her body stretches over the earth. Nut swallowed the setting sun (Ra) each evening and gave birth to him each morning. She is often depicted on the ceilings of tombs, on the inside lid of coffins, and on the ceilings of temples.  Shu was the husband of Tefnut and the father of Nut and Geb. He and his wife were the first gods created by Atum. Shu was the god of the air and sunlight or, more precisely, dry air and his wife represented moisture. He was normally depicted as a man wearing a headdress in the form of a plume, which is also the hieroglyph for his name.  Shu’s function was to hold up the body of the goddess Nun and separate the sky from the earth. He was not a solar deity but his role in providing sunlight connected him to Ra. Indeed, he was one of the few gods who escaped persecution under the heretic king Akhenaten.  Geb was the father of Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephythys, and was a god without a cult. As an Earth god he was associated with fertility and it was believed that earthquakes were the laughter of Geb. He is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts as imprisoning the buried dead within his body. Amun was the chief Theban deity whose power grew as the city of Thebes grew from an unimportant village, in the old Kingdom, to a powerful metropolis in the Middle and New Kingdoms. He rose to become the patron of the Theban pharaohs and was eventually combined with sun god, Ra who had been the dominant deity of the Old Kingdom to become Amun-Ra, King of the Gods and ruler of the Great Ennead.  Amun’s name means “Hidden One, Mysterious of Form,” and although he is most often represented as a human wearing a double plumed crown, he is sometimes depicted as a ram or a goose. The implication is that his true identity can never be revealed.  Karnak was Amun’s chief temple, but his fame extended well beyond the boundaries of Egypt. His cult spread to Ethiopia, Nubia, Libya, and through much of Palestine. The Greeks thought he was an Egyptian manifestation of their god Zeus. Even Alexander the Great thought it worthwhile consulting the oracle of Amun. Anubis the protector of the dead is shown as a jackal-headed man, or as a jackal. His father was Seth and his mother Nephythys. His cult center was Cynopolis, now known as El Kes. He was closely associated with mummification and as protector of the dead. It was Anubis who conducted the deceased to the hall of judgment. Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis and the enemy of the wicked God Seth. He is depicted as a hawk or as a man with the head of a hawk. Sometimes he is shown as a youth with a side lock, seated on his mother’s lap. He was the god of the sky and the divine protector of kings.  Horus was worshipped throughout Egypt and was particularly associated with Edfu, the site of the ancient city of Mesen, where his temple can still be seen. There are many stories of his wars against his uncle Seth, who murdered his father and usurped the throne. Eventually Horus defeated Seth and became the king of Egypt. A very important figure in the ancient world, Isis was the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. She was associated with funeral rites and said to have made the first mummy from the dismembered parts of Osiris. As the enchantress who resurrected Osiris and gave birth to Horus, she was also the giver of life, a healer and protector of kings.  Isis is represented with a throne on her head and sometimes shown breastfeeding the infant Horus. In this manifestation she was known as “Mother of God.” To the Egyptians she represented the ideal wife and mother; loving, devoted, and caring.  Her most famous temple is at Philae though her cult spread throughout the Mediterranean world and, during the Roman period, extended as far as northern Europe. There was even a temple dedicated to her in London. Khepre Also known as, Khepri, Khepra, Khepera, Khepre was a creator god depicted as a Scarab beetle or as a man with a scarab for a head. The Egyptians observed young scarab beetles emerging spontaneously from balls of dung and associated them with the process of creation. Khepre was one of the first gods, self-created, and his name means “he who has come into being,” Atum took his form as he rose out of the chaotic waters of the Nun in a creation myth. It was thought that Khepre rolled the sun across the sky in the same way a dung beetle rolls balls of dung across the ground. Khonsu Also known as Khons Khensu, Khuns Khonsu was the son of Amun and Mut, with whom he formed the Theban triad. He was a moon god depicted as a man with a falcon-head wearing a crescent moon headdress surmounted by the full lunar disc. Like Thoth, who was also a lunar deity, he is sometimes represented as a baboon. Khonsu was believed to have the ability to drive out evil spirits. Rameses II sent a statue of Khonsu to a friendly Syrian king in order to cure his daughter of an illness. Ma’at was the goddess of truth and justice, embodying the essential harmony of the universe. She was depicted as a seated woman wearing an ostrich feather, or sometimes just as the feather itself. Her power regulated the seasons and the movement of the stars. Ma’at was the patron of justice and the symbol of ancient Egyptian ethics, so the Vizier who was in charge of the Law Courts went by the title Priest of Maat. Ma’at was the ultimate judge in the afterlife, and the heart of the newly deceased was weighed against her feather in the Hall of Two Truths. Ammut, devourer of the dead, ate those who failed her test. Montu was a warrior god who rose to become the state god during the 11th dynasty. He was associated with king Montuhotep I (“Montu is satisfied”), who reunited Upper and Lower Egypt after the chaos of the First Intermediate Period.  During the Twelfth Dynasty Montu was displaced by the rise of Amun, but he took on the true attributes of a war god when warrior kings such as Thutmose III and Rameses II identified themselves with him. Osiris was originally a vegetation god linked with the growth of crops. He was the mythological first king of Egypt and one of the most important of the gods. It was thought that he brought civilization to the race of mankind. He was murdered by his brother Seth, brought back to life by his wife Isis, and went on to become the ruler of the underworld and judge of the dead.  He is usually depicted as a mummy holding the crook and flail of kingship. On his head he wears the white crown of Upper Egypt flanked by two plumes of feathers. Sometimes he is shown with the horns of a ram. His skin is depicted as blue, the color of the dead; black, the color of the fertile earth; or green, representing resurrection.Osiris’s head was thought to have been buried at Abydos, his main cult center. Each year, during his festival, there was a procession and a reenactment of his story in the form of a mystery play. Ptah was a creator god, said to have made the world from the thoughts in his heart and his words. He was depicted as a mummy with his hands protruding from the wrappings and holding a staff. His head was shaven and he wore a scull cap. Ptah was associated with craftsmen, and the High Priest of his temple at Memphis held the title Great Leader of Craftsmen.Ra Also known as Re The supreme sun god was represented as a man with the head of a hawk, crowned with a solar disk and the sacred serpent. However, in the underworld through which he passes each night, he is depicted as ram-headed. Each day Ra traveled across the sky in the form of the sun, riding in his solar boat, and each night he journeyed through the underworld where he defeated the allies of chaos. He was reborn each morning in the form of the sunrise. His influence on the other gods was so strong that he subsumed many of their identities. Thus Amun became Amun-Ra, Montu became Montu-Ra and Horus became Ra-Horakhty. Pharoah Akenaten’s god, the Aten, was another form of Ra, the solar disk.  The Egyptian kings claimed to be descended from Ra, and called themselves “The Son of Ra.” His cult was very powerful during the period of the Old Kingdom,when Sun Temples were built in his honor. His cult center was at Heliopolis, which nowadays is covered by the northern suburbs of Cairo.Seth Also known as Set, Setekh, Suty and Sutekh Seth was the son of Geb and Nut, and the evil brother of Osiris. He was the god of darkness, chaos, and confusion, and is represented as a man with an unknown animal head, often described as a Typhonian by the Greeks who associated him with the god Typhon. He is sometimes depicted as a hippopotamus, a pig, or a donkey. Seth murdered his brother and usurped the throne of Egypt and most of the other gods despised him.  Horus eventually defeated Seth, but it was thought that their battle was an eternal struggle between good and evil. Although Seth failed to keep the throne of Egypt he continued to be a companion of Ra. He sometimes accompanied Ra across the sky in his solar boat, causing storms and bad weather.  Seth was venerated by some, and his main cult center was at Naqada. Some kings would liken themselves to Seth in battle, but for the most part the people loathed him and his defeat by Horus was regularly celebrated.Tefnut was the wife of Shu and mother of Nut and Geb. She and her husband were the first gods created by Atum. She was the goddess of moisture or damp, corrosive air, and was depicted either as a lioness or as a woman with a lioness’s head.hoth was the god of writing and knowledge, and was depicted as a man with the head of an ibis holding a scribe’s pen and palette, or as a baboon. The Greeks associated him with Hermes and ascribed to him the invention of all the sciences as well as the invention of writing. He is often portrayed writing or making calculations.  Thoth stands apart from most of the other gods. He was as old as the oldest gods and often acted as an intermediately between gods. He was associated with the moon, and is sometimes shown wearing a moon disk and crescent headdress. One of his most important roles was to record the deeds of the dead at the day of their judgment and is often seen doing this in the Book of the Dead. His main temple was at Hermopolis in Middle Egypt.  Hieroglyphs were called, by the Egyptians, “the words of God” and unlike the simple elegance of modern writing systems, this early attempt at recording words, used a number of techniques to convey meaning. The picture symbols represent a combination of alphabet and syllabic sounds together with images that determine or clarify meaning and depictions of actual objects which are the spoken word of the thing they represent. he Egyptians believed that death was a temporary interruption, rather than the end of life. The afterlife was an idealized version of life on earth, where all of life’s good things could be enjoyed without having to endure any of its suffering. To gain admittance to this paradise they must live a good and honorable life by obeying their superiors, assisting and protecting the poor, and showing proper respect for the gods.  The other essential factor for entry into the afterlife was that body be preserved through mummification, so that the aspect of the spirit called the “Ka” could return to it and be sustained.

Checkout our Streetwear category fo a large selection of hip hop and street fashion t-shirts. Streetwear is a style of casual clothing which became global in the 1990s. It grew from New York hip hop fashion and Californian surf culture to encompass elements of sportswear, punk, skateboarding and Japanese street fashion. Eventually haute couture became an influence. It commonly centers on "casual, comfortable pieces such as jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps, and sneakers.Streetwear style is generally accepted to have been born out of the New York City hip hop culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s, with elements of Los Angeles surf culture.In the mid to late 90s, influences included skateboarding and gangsta rap.Sneakers have been a part of streetwear since the late 1970's. By the late 1980's, sneaker collecting had become a major part of the streetwear subculture, due in large part to the signature shoes of basketballer Michael Jordan. Although styles of shoes have changed, the link between sneaker culture and streetwear remains strong. In Japan streetwear was born on the streets of Tokyo, the Japanese fashion scene got its start in a small four-square block area located between the districts of Harajuku and Aoyama, Japan’s capitol and most populated city. If you’re at all familiar with the streetwear scene, then you are familiar with the Urahara area short for Ura-Harajuku which translates to “the hidden Harajuku”. As the 90’s raged on, the creatives found their way to Ura-Harajuku. Soon, fashion enthusiasts, designers, and critics were flooding this little area to observe it’s innovation, creativity, and even outlandish outfits that were being produced both by designers and consumers alike. Now, the world turns their attention to this tiny spot in Tokyo as the leading influencers of the streetwear fashion scene. Urahara became the hot spot for Japanese streetwear, and holds this reputation even today. But that didn’t stop the fashion fever from spreading to other urban areas. Soon, more flamboyant styles, heavy colors, and gothic looks were taking over the surrounding cities. From crazy bright patterns to adorable pastels, outlandish outfits were deliberately defying cultural norms spreading a message of anti-conformism across the country. Although hip hop culture has a history of going against the grain, it eventually came to dominate not only mainstream popular music, but the world of high-fashion as well.The genre was born in New York City between the late 1970s and early 1980s. In this early era, New York b-boy culture largely dominated fashion in hip hop. B-boys were breakdancers who helped establish and give birth to hip hop culture in its early days. Hip hop artists of this time, began popularizing tracksuits, chains, and kangol hats, among other items, giving birth to a new and exciting street fashion culture unique to the New York hip hop scene.As hip hop advanced, so did its sense of style. Toward the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, hip hop culture began to develop a greater reflection of African heritage and black-nationalist sentiment, reflected both lyrically and aesthetically.Hip hop’s influence on fashion today is most evident in the fashion world’s current obsession with streetwear. Fashion’s obsession with streetwear isn’t only apparent in the rise in popularity of streetwear brands, however. It can also be seen in newer designs from long-established luxury brands, which often emulate the aesthetic of streetwear. It is not uncommon to see hoodies, sneakers, sweatpants, or chains — all of which have long been a part of hip hop’s street fashion — on the runway today. In other words, the relationship between hip hop and the fashion world has made a complete 180, as hip hop has gone from a counterculture with its own distinct world of fashion, to a culture that is arguably the most influential on mainstream fashion trends.

Checkout Rancid Nation's Sniper t-shirt. We have a large popular selection of sharpshooter / marksman tees. A sniper is a military, paramilitary marksman who engages targets from positions of concealment or at distances exceeding the target's detection capabilities. Snipers generally have specialized training and are equipped with high-precision rifles and high-magnification optics, and often also serve as scouts/observers feeding tactical information back to their units or command headquarters. In addition to long-range and high-grade marksmanship, military snipers are trained in a variety of special operation techniques: detection, stalking, target range estimation methods, camouflage, field craft, infiltration, special reconnaissance and observation, surveillance and target acquisition. Generally, a sniper's primary function in combat is to provide detailed surveillance from a concealed position and, if necessary, to reduce the enemy's combat ability by neutralizing high-value targets this includes officers and other key personnel and in the process pinning down and demoralizing the enemy. Sniper missions usually includes managing intelligence information they gather during reconnaissance, target acquisition and impact feedback for air strikes and artillery, assisting employed combat force with accurate fire support and counter-sniper tactics, killing enemy commanders, selecting targets of opportunity, and even destruction of military equipment, which tend to require use of anti-materiel rifles in the larger calibers.  A sniper team (or sniper cell) consists of a combination of at least one primary weapon operator, the shooter, with other support personnel and force protection elements, such as a spotter or a flanker. The shooter focuses mainly on firing the shot, while the spotter assists in observation of targets, accounts for atmospheric conditions and handles ancillary tasks as immediate security of their location, communication with other parties, directing artillery fire and close air support. A flanker is an extra teammate who is tasked to act as a sentry observing areas not immediately visible to the sniper and spotter, assisting with the team's rear security and perimeter defense, and therefore are usually armed with a faster-firing weapon such as an assault rifle, battle rifle or designated marksman rifle. Both the spotter and flanker carry additional ammunition and associated equipment. The spotter is responsible for detecting, identifying and assigning priority of targets for the shooter, as well as assessing the outcome of the shot. Using a spotting scope and/or a rangefinder, the spotter will predict the external ballistics and read the wind speed using an anemometer or physical indicators like the mirage caused by ground heat. Also, in conjunction with the shooter, the spotter will calculate the distance, shooting angle (slant range), mil-related correction, interference by atmospheric factors and the required leads for moving targets. It is not unusual for the spotter to be equipped with a ballistic table, a notebook or a tablet computer specifically for performing these calculations. Law enforcement snipers, commonly called police snipers, and military snipers differ in many ways, including their areas of operation and tactics. A police sharpshooter is part of a police operation and usually takes part in relatively short missions. Police forces typically deploy such sharpshooters in hostage scenarios. This differs from a military sniper, who operates as part of a larger army, engaged in warfare. Sometimes as part of a SWAT team, police snipers are deployed alongside negotiators and an assault team trained for close quarters combat. Military sniper training aims to teach a high degree of proficiency in camouflage and concealment, stalking, observation and map reading as well as precision marksmanship under various operational conditions. Trainees typically shoot thousands of rounds over a number of weeks, while learning these core skills.  Snipers are trained to squeeze the trigger straight back with the ball of their finger, to avoid jerking the gun sideways. The most accurate position is prone, with a sandbag supporting the stock, and the stock's cheek-piece against the cheek. In the field, a bipod can be used instead. Sometimes a sling is wrapped around the weak arm (or both) to reduce stock movement. Some doctrines train a sniper to breathe deeply before shooting, then hold their lungs empty while they line up and take their shot. Some go further, teaching their snipers to shoot between heartbeats to minimize barrel motion. The key to sniping is accuracy, which applies to both the weapon and the shooter. The weapon should be able to consistently place shots within tight tolerances. The sniper in turn must utilize the weapon to accurately place shots under varying conditions. A sniper must have the ability to accurately estimate the various factors that influence a bullet's trajectory and point of impact such as: range to the target, wind direction, wind velocity, altitude and elevation of the sniper and the target and ambient temperature. Mistakes in estimation compound over distance and can decrease lethality or cause a shot to miss completely. Snipers zero their weapons at a target range or in the field. This is the process of adjusting the scope so that the bullets' points-of-impact are at the point-of-aim (center of scope or scope's cross-hairs) for a specific distance. A rifle and scope should retain its zero as long as possible under all conditions to reduce the need to re-zero during missions.

Visit Rancid Nation's Infantry category for a large selection of popular Military combat tees. The duties and responsibilities of an Infantryman includes assisting in the performance of reconnaissance operations, employ, fire, and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, and locate and neutralize mines, operate, mount/dismount, zero, and engage targets using night vision sight. Operates and maintain communications equipment and operate in a radio net; operate in an NBC contaminated area; construct field expedient firing aids for infantry weapons; perform as a member of a fire team during a movement to contact, reconnaissance, and security, an attack, defense, situational training exercises and all infantry dismounted battle drills. Process prisoners of war and captured documents. Lead an infantry team in combat operations, providing tactical and technical guidance to subordinates and professional support to both superiors and subordinates in the accomplishment of their duties; lead, supervise, and train subordinate personnel. Call for and adjust indirect fire; evaluate terrain and select weapon emplacement; control organic fires; install and recover anti-handing devices on anti-tank mines and electrical and non-electrical demolition charges; supervise the construction of hasty fortifications and receipt, storage, and the issue of ammunition. Record operational information on maps; receives and implement combat orders, direct deployment of personnel in offensive, defensive, and retrograde operations. Request, observe, and adjust direct supporting fire. Evaluate terrain and supervise the emplacement of sighting and firing all assigned weapons; use maps and map overlays, perform intersection and resection, and determine elevation and grid azimuths; lead a fire team during a movement to contact, reconnaissance and security, an attack, defense, situational training exercises, and all infantry dismounted battle drills. Infantry is an army specialization whose personnel engage in military combat on foot, distinguished from cavalry, artillery, and armored forces. Also known as foot soldiers or infantrymen. Infantry traditionally rely on traveling by foot between combats as well, but may also use mounts (mounted infantry), military vehicles (motorized, and mechanized infantry), watercraft (naval infantry), or aircraft (airborne infantry) for between-combat mobility and logistics. Infantry make up a large portion of all armed forces in most nations, and typically bear the largest brunt in warfare, as measured by casualties, discomfort, fatigue, and both physical and psychological stress.

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