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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Katy Evans

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Representing our Seahawks, Tacoma style

Yeah, yeah, yeah, there’s a lot of new, bandwagon-hopping Seahawks fans. All the old timers get to shake their heads at the johnny-come-latelys. Good for you, all you die-hard oldens. But if we’ve learned anything as 12s, it’s that now is the time for unity! Camaraderie! Clear eyes, full hearts! Open arms! Turn around, bright eyes!

You have to admit that, no matter how old or tested, the love we share for our sweet, sweet Seahawks is valid and necessary for football season dominance. So let’s get down to the business of representation.

You have to gear up. You have to cover yourself in blue, green, and grey. You just have to. (If you feel you don’t than this is most definitely not a post for you. Back out slowly.) And the best way to rep the Seahawks is with some homegrown merchandise. Go forth and secure these items at these places:

Bleach, 1934 Pacific Ave, open Mon – Thurs 11 am – 7 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 8 pm

This outstanding Downtown Tacoma shop is more than skate gear. Bleach features an expertly curated collection of local and national streetwear brands, including some great Tacoma and Seattle designers. And of course these brands have some very cool Seahawks-inspired gear.

Revolushon Sportwear of Tacoma puts your Seahawks pride on your toes with their specialty socks. Many of the styles are available at Bleach, or on Revolushon’s site.

Revolushon Socks

And although Casual Industrees is Seattle-based, their great 12th Man hoodie is available in Bleach. Check out some of their other excellent Seahawks designs on their site.

Casual Seahawks

Pure, 213 N I St, open Saturdays 12 – 5 pm

This local vintage mercantile is an institution, keeping Tacoma’s proto-hipsters in antique graphic tees and Members Only jackets for decades. Jordan Tart oversees operations at Pure and regularly acquires much-coveted and VERY hard to find classic Seahawks gear. It’s fun for millennials to pretend both that they were alive AND loving the Seahawks in 1989, right?

Jordan’s got unique Hawks apparel for the discerning fan (as well as one Seahawks bowling ball and Seahawks buttons for everyone who visits the store). You just have to wait until they’re open on Saturday to snatch up these treasures.

Pure buttons

Maria Jost

Not a store at all, Maria is a local artist, and at this point it would be a little weird if you don’t have a Maria Jost print hanging in your home. But now it’s going to be weird if you don’t have the new Maria Jost Osprey (see Seahawks) t-shirt adorning your body.

Says the Maria: “The osprey has always been one of my favorite birds, and I love that our team has such an amazing mascot (though not everyone knows that sea hawk = osprey). I was loving on the osprey during a Seahawks game, and a friend suggested I make a Seahawk shirt with a physiologically correct version of our mascot. And that was that.”

Osprey Hawks

Maria and her friend Alexa are happy to help you get your hands on one of these beauties. Email mariajost at gmail.com or alexafolsomhill at gmail.com. If you can hold off until Saturday, Alexa will be at The Mix on St. Helens from 4 – 5 pm so you can grab one in person.

And for your home, kitchen, and party needs:

Compass Rose offers a very frameable 12th Man, football-shaped map (though it features Seattle, not Tacoma).

Fulcrum Gallery is happy to help you with your glassware needs by providing you with green and blue babyhead cups

babyhead seahawks

Metropolitan  Market and Pint Defiance all feature a (rapidly dwindling) variety of Hawks-inspired quaffables like Hilliard’s 12th Can and Northwest Cellars’ 12th Wine.

Local flag maker Flags A’Flying is the place to go to stock up on 12 and Seahawks flags. Visit them at 3635 S Lawrence St, Ste J.

And most grocery stores are overflowing with snacks, balloons, bouquets, skittles, “Beast Mode” specials, and more.

Accessorize, consume, costume, and decorate, Tacomans! Cheer on our brave Tacoma Ospreys … er Seattle SEAHAWKS!

 

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About the Author

Founder and Co-Managing Editor at Post Defiance, Katy writes and fundraises for Tacoma. Follow her @katynicoud.



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