History of the BearHug Christmas Tee

Christmas is fast approaching, and the fifth edition BearHug Co Christmas t-shirt has just been released with a new Bear Christmas design to show it’s face very soon. With this exciting thought in mind, we have taken a brief look into the history of the BearHug Co Christmas tees…

Luke often gets asked questions along the lines of: ‘How did you turn illustration into a career?’, ‘How did you develop The BearHug Co?’ and so on. Well, to answer these questions, we must begin with the humble admittance that The Bearhug Co was more or less founded on the back of a late night Zombieland viewing.

Bill Murray’s infamous cameo in the film reminded many of us of what a great, iconic actor he is, for Luke admiring a popular figure often means drawing them, so that’s what he did. A while after completing a sketch of Murray, Luke came up with the idea of a Bill Murray ‘Murray Christmas’ t-shirt featuring the sketch he had already done. The t-shirt was a hit; it sold out in four hours and not only led to the BearHug Co Christmas t-shirt tradition, but also provided the basis for the development of the company as a whole.


The following year, when working on other BearHug Co designs, and without particularly planning to follow up on the success of the Murray Christmas tee, Luke had a second Christmas-related t-shirt epiphany, this is when the Home Alone ‘Keep The Change’ tee was born. Helped along by a feature in Front Magazine, there was a massive online reaction, leading to an immense growth in Luke and The BearHug Co’s online popularity.

After the previous two successes, by 2014 the BearHug Co Christmas t-shirt was a must. Following on from the ‘Murray Christmas’ and ‘Keep the Change’ designs, the ‘Old Saint Nick Jack Nicholson t-shirt & ‘White Christmas’ Walter White T-shirt equalled their success.KEEP-THE-CHANGEOLD-SAINT-NICK
Incase you haven’t seen, the latest edition for 2015 is another pun on the Old Saint Nick Christmas saying, however this year Luke has drawn Nicholas Cage from Con Air. There’s no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than in a T-shirt with Nicholas Cage in a Christmas hat. Luke has been working on another new Christmas design and without giving too much away it’s an absolute corker this year… keep your eye out on Social Media tonight to see a sneak peek of it before the design is finalised!

If you’re looking for something a bit different to wear to the annual Christmas do or for the Big Day itself, these original & classic BearHug Tees & Sweats priced from £19.95 with free UK Postage are perfect. Have a look over on our dedicated Christmas section to snap one up before they sell out!

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