The Mixer Behind the Music

John Tees Shirts is a music themed company, creating unique, one-of-a-kind T-Shirt  designs as well as other various every day products and gift items using music notes and symbols. The inspiration behind John Tees, was my father, John T. Owens, aka John T, a respected and talented drum player, who passed away at only 53 of a heart attack. Many of my music smiley face creations were replications of my dad's original sketches I found on the back of an old tattered security post log form back in the early 80's while he was working surveillance in the Air Force. It was always his intention of turning his fun musical themed smileys into T-Shirt designs, thus John Tees Shirts was created in his honor to put a smile on everyone's faces, from 0-100...there's something every music lover can enjoy!

In addition to being a well-respected musician, John worked for a company where he had the joy of collecting donated instruments and delivering them to anxious music students in need. Please join me in supporting the various local and International non-profit charities. 

My life would not be what it is had it not been for music, choir and playing instruments growing up. Music is oxygen for the soul and I am so thankful for the opportunity to hand make each item with love and passion to share with my customers. 

Thank you so much for you support!



Let's work together to help keep music programs alive in schools!

Please check out our "Giving Back" page for details.

Based in Portland, OR


If it wasn't for music, life would be a mistake.

Founder, Katrina Shaw (Owens)



John Tees Shirts is proud to give back to non-profit charities that help keep music programs in schools!

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