Skip to main content

Frankie Say War Hide Yourself T-shirt

Anyone who lived through the 1980s, will certainly remember the iconic, Katharine Hamnett inspired Frankie Say slogan T-shirts, and also the two anti-war songs by the band "Two Tribes" and "War". 

This was also the height of the original cold war era, when tensions between the Soviet Union and U.S. were at boiling point and the threat of nuclear Armageddon loomed over us. That officially ended on Dec 26th 1991, but now here we are almost four decades later in 2022, and we have a new Cold War situation to fret about.

Whilst the Paul Morley designed "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt was definitely the most popular choice (it's true to say that more of these T-shirts were sold than records!), there were two other official T-shirts by ZTT which included "Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself" and "Frankie Say Arm The Unemployed", which were both actually worn by Frankie Goes To Hollywood for some of their photoshoots back in 1984. 

Here we are some 38 years later, and the message could never be more appropriate with the situation in Ukraine - who'd have though it?

I was pleased to find this authentic-looking T-shirt being sold by CafePress UK on Amazon.

Man wearing a Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself white T-shirt with purple lights background
CafePress Frankie Say War T-shirt

The T-shirt in sizes from Small to 4XL. You can also buy the Frankie Say War shirt directly from CafePress in a variety of colours and designs, although the black text on white design above is the most authentic.

You can also buy a similar design in the UK from

Paul Rutherford and child wearing a Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself T-shirt
Band member Paul Rutherford with child on Two Tribes picture disc

Frankie Say War! Hide Yourself T-shirt, WhiteCheck PriceFrankie Say arm The Unemployed T-shirtCheck Price


Frankie Say Relax Don't Do It T-shirtCheck Price


If you would like to stick to the most popular Frankie message T-shirt, then this "Frankie Say Relax Don't Do It" T-shirt looks authentically 80s, and is available for both men and women in 4 colours.


Popular posts from this blog

Blondie - Debbie Harry - 70s and 80s Fashion Photos

Embed from Getty Images Debbie Harry Fridge Magnet Back in my school days (yes, it was a long, long time ago!) many kids associated Blondie purely with lead singer Debbie Harry, although Blondie was actually a band, and a damn fine one, too. It's not hard to see why. After all, she oozed sex appeal and became a style icon, and many of her looks can still be seen on the high street today. Harry's designer friend Stephen Sprouse can claim responsibility for many of those looks. He created every style you can imagine using denim, black leather biker jackets, camoflauge, wayfarer and aviator shades, pink and girly styles, nautical stripes, animal print catsuits - the list goes on! I find it amusing that in 1998 Britney Spears caused controversy by wearing a school uniform for her video "Hit Me Baby One More Time". How quickly we forget that Debbie Harry had done this two decades earlier! After forming in 1974, Blondie became pioneers of the punk and new wave s

Kia-Ora 80s TV Advert - I'll be your dog!

Anyone who watched British TV during the 1980s (or went to the cinema) will remember the Kia-Ora crows advert featuring the slogan "I'll be your dog".  You may well remember the Kia-Ora drinks in plastic cartons which the usherette used to sell in the cinema. They also sold them in our local youth club, although sometimes it was Tip Top orange, which kind of tasted like the carton.  The advert itself was pretty bizarre but also a lot of fun. It featured a child wearing a straw sunhat and carrying his belongings over his shoulder, while walking in the hot sun carrying an empty glass. Suddenly, a dog appears from nowhere and tips Kia-Ora orange into his glass. The sun wrings itself out into the glass to top it up.  A crow is following the child and shouts "Kia-Ora!". The child replies "It's too orangey for crows, It's just for me and my dog." The crow replies "I'll be your dog!", and then starts barking. As they continue to walk, an

Create an 80s or 90s Acid House - Raver Look

With its squelching bass sounds (often created using a Roland TB-303 bass synth) and minimalist production, the sound of acid house first became popular in the latter half of the 80s, starting in 1987. The media were more focused on the illegal raves and psychedelic drugs, but in reality, a good many young folk enjoyed dancing to the new sound in nightclubs (including myself) without going anywhere near any drugs or illegal raves. What is synonymous with the acid house scene is the smiley face logo, and the T-shirt featuring the logo, along with tie dye and psychedelic clothing, and bucket hats which became popular with ravers. Baggy over the knee shorts were popular with men. Bandanas and dungarees/dungaree shorts were also worn by both sexes. Some ravers also had  yellow whistles . In the early 90s,  white overalls , hooded anoracks and  yellow dust masks with an "E" , smiley face or radiation symbol also became part of the rave scene. Initially, the dust masks we