The Culture Ref - Black Owned and Operated

Stamford, Connecticut
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Bob Albert

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About TheCultureRef

Sales 2,713
On Etsy since 2012

Connecting people through words and imagery

For many years I wanted to design t-shirts that were filled with ideas. Even in my late teens I had the concept of creating t-shirts with quotes from famous and historical figures with an image on it. The goal was to bridge the gap between generations through the context of the quote. An elder seeing a younger person in their 20's with a Miles Davis quote on their shirt would bring back a memory and possibly open a conversation between the two.

The concept never came to fruition until recently. The first t-shirt I created was something I pondered for quite a while observing how the internet amplified hate and ignorance. How I could best put it into words was "Read Books Not Comments". This primarily served as a note to self. A reminder to not get caught up engaging in heated online debates in the comments section of news articles and social media posts. Read Books Not Comments is a word of encouragement to alternatively be more useful with your brain power.

This all spun into shelling out more ideas on apparel and products with other references to art history, culture, and other interests of mine throughout the years. Some are more light hearted than others but for the most part things that have been of interest to me in one way or another.

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Yes we are Black Owned.

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  • Bob Albert


Production partners

  • Printing Manufacturer

    London, England

    Manufacturers my designs on products

  • Print Partner

    Raleigh, NC

    Weaves or or prints the images I create onto the blankets.

  • Print Shop

    Raleigh, NC

    Print shop for t-shirts, apparel and print products.

  • Print Shop

    Raleigh, NC

    Printing on material done by Print Shop

  • Print Partner

    Raleigh, NC

    Prints my designs on products

  • Sticker Manufacturer

    Latham, NY

    Prints my stickers and labels.

  • Vintage Tour Tee

    Atlanta, GA

    Authentic tour t-shirt from his 2011 music tour

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Last updated on Oct 27, 2020


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