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The Rifleman Logo: A Vol Trad History Lesson

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Mason Jones

 

Tradition plays a huge part in both our company and The University of Tennessee.

Since the founding of our company on the UT campus, there was a question that kept popping up from those that understood our brand best. Fans wanted some classy apparel to support the Vols, something their dad and graddad would be proud to wear. Instead most merchandise they found being made for the Tennessee was flat bill hats, growling smokey logos, and polos with abrasively large Power T’s on them.

When we were approached by the University in an official capacity about possibly creating licensed products, we knew exactly what we wanted to create. Nothing says Classic Tennessee like the Rifleman logo.  Featuring Davy Crockett wielding a hunting rifle and coonskin cap, it defines the name “Volunteer”.  The Rifleman Logo was introduced in 1983 and used as an alternate Volunteers logo until 1996, when it was placed in the Vault to make more room for the Power T. It was paired with the famous script featuring a star in the ‘O’ of VOLS. We’re sure you remember it.



When we introduced the "Rifleman Collection.” a couple years back we focused on a couple core products made specifically for those that remember sitting on their dad's shoulders during the Vol Walk, watching Johnny Majors lead his troops to battle while wearing their coonskin cap during the years affectionately known as "the Decade of Dominance," and the memory of shedding tears of joy when Peyton announced his return...with the Rifleman logo as his backdrop.



We're excited about the collection and eager to expand as the demand for the concept has been beyond what we could have imagined. At Volunteer Traditions we are passionate about UT Sports history and want to see logos like these remain on new and old fans alike. Removing the “Star Vols” and leaving just the Rifleman has helped differentiate the brand on Polos & Tees.  

It's a logo that reminds us of our past while ushering in the new era for Tennessee.

We're expanding even further and the entire Rifleman Collection can be found below. 

Rifleman Drywick Polos                                          Rifleman Hats                                

 

 Rifleman Sport Pullovers                                        Rifleman Knit Quarter Zip Sweaters

 

Rifleman Shell Jackets                                            Rifleman Decals

 

Championship Tees                                                 Championship Long Sleeve Tees

 

To view our entire selection of Vols Licensed Products click here

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Orange & White Checkerboard: A Vol Trad History Lesson

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Mason Jones

It's where the Vols score touchdowns at home. It's where Smokey runs after the extra point is made. It's synonymous with The University of Tennessee. 

The Orange and White colors were picked by Charles Moore, a player for the first Volunteer Football squad in 1891. He saw the American Daisies on The Hill on campus and decided that was the perfect color for their uniforms. 

 

Black and white photo from 1939 team for color reference.

The checkerboard end-zones didn't come until 1964 when Coach Doug Dickey released them for the game against Boston College. They were used until 1968, when the Volunteers switched to artificial turf. Then in 1989, the iconic checkerboard end-zones returned, and following that so did the natural grass field that is still used today. It's freshly painted before home games as seen below.

 

When we started using UT licensed items, the checkerboard was one of the first touches we started to add to our products. From plackets of polos and pullovers, to shirts all their own, the checkerboard is the classic Vols look that we love. It can be seen on a lot of our products for Fall and isn't going anywhere any time soon. 

Items featuring the UT Checkerboard are available for purchase below. 

Rifleman Sport Pullover                                           Rifleman Drywick Polos

 

Championship Short Sleeve                                    Championship Long Sleeve

 

UT Helmet Sport Pullovers                                      Rifleman Knit Quarter Zip Sweaters 

 

To view the entire Vols Licensed Collection click here.

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Our Vols Patch: A Vol Trad History Lesson

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Mason Jones

Rad. That's the word I would use to describe our Vols Patch. It's a classic for sure. 

Just look at this picture circa 1995:

If that's not full-on rad Vols I don't know what is. 

This elusive logo is known by many names to many people, the Johnny Majors Helmet Logo, the Bud Ford Logo, 'That One Old Logo with the Helmet'. We decided to make it easy for everyone, so we turned it into a patch and called it exactly that. It's still got that same vintage awesomeness with a modern touch. 

 

Items with our Vols Patch Design are available for purchase below: 

Vols Patch Drywick Polos                                        Vols Patch Pullover 

 

Vols Patch Hats                                                        Vols Patch Pocket Tees

 

Vols Patch Decals

 

To view our entire Vols Licensed Collection click here.

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Posted in SEC, Tennessee, Tennessee Clothing, Tennessee Volunteers, University of Tennessee, Vols Patch Logo, Volunteer Traditions


Smokey: A Vol Trad History Lesson

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Mason Jones

There's one constant in Neyland Stadium for every home game. Smokey. 

UT's live mascot was selected in 1953 by the student body during halftime of the Mississippi State game. The breed of dog, Bluetick Coonhound, is native to Tennessee and was also chosen via a polling by the Pep Club. To select the first mascot, 'contestants' were led out by their handlers and fans were instructed to cheer for their favorite dog.

The last hound, "Brooks Blue Smokey", was led up to the cheerleader's ramp to be seen by everyone in attendance. The announcers called Blue Smokey's name and he howled. The crowd cheered. The dog howled even louder. The crowd and dog continued going back and forth until the stadium was in an absolute frenzy. It was clear, the Vols finally had a live mascot to call their own.

Ever since that night Smokey has been a part of UT Tradition and a staple for sports. The dogs are chosen not from a specific bloodline, but to avoid any inbreeding issues are selected based on appearance and temperament. They are beautiful dogs, and give the fans a great sense of pride when they see him leading the Football team out of the T on Saturdays. 

Smokey X, the tenth dog to be given the title, has been reigning his domain since 2013 and will continue to do so for many years to come. 

We are huge Smokey fans at Volunteer Traditions. One of our employees handled Smokey while he was at UT [that's him with the leash above] so it's understood just how important he is and felt it was time to use our favorite canine on a shirt. The Vintage Smokey logo we use originally appeared in the 80's and sets us apart from other shirts out there. Plus, he's wearing an awesome sweater. 

The Smokey Shirt is available in short and long sleeve versions and is available for purchase below.

Short Sleeve                                                             Long Sleeve

 

To browse our entire Vols Licensed Collection click here

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Posted in SEC, Smokey, Tennessee, Tennessee Clothing, Tennessee Volunteers, University of Tennessee, Volunteer Traditions


Volunteer Traditions is Hiring!

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Mason Jones

Volunteer Traditions is hiring!

We are looking for a fun spirited, hard working college guy or gal to join our VolTrad team this fall. This will be a part time position for a student in the Nashville area.

Duties include: running the front store, helping out around the office, prep work for orders, daily chores, and other things of the sort.

This may not be the most glamorous job, but hey, its a pretty cool place to work.  

We need someone to work Monday through Friday  in the afternoons and/or mornings if your schedule permits - Our working hours are 8 till 4 so it will be during those times.  Please be able to work at least 10 hours a week during that time & local...we respect people from out of town desiring to work for VolTrad but this needs to be a local school.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, email tristar@volunteertraditions with a resume, a blurb about why you would be great, and the hours you can work.

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Peyton

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Mason Jones

Big thanks for Peyton Manning for wearing our Tennessee Flag Belt to the Tennessee Georgia game.  As you can see from the picture below he has put some wear on it in the past eight years!  We appreciate his support as well as @Vol_Photos for capturing the picture.

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Posted in Nothin' Beats Football in the South, Tennessee, Tennessee State Flag, Tristar, Volunteer Traditions


Why we make the products we make.

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Mason Jones

Two years ago the University of Tennessee reached out to us with an idea to work with them on licensed merchandise.  Our instant thought was, "Cool, but this is a pretty massive undertaking for a business our size."  After further discussions, they helped put together a plan for Volunteer Traditions to ensure this was doable. They agreed to the designs we had been wanting to make in order for us to have a unique brand, that the marketplace would be ready and desired the products (the UT Bookstore for example).  With a new project it was crucial to have partners that wanted this to work as much as we did.  We have been very blessed with this opportunity and are getting to make an assortment of awesome products we've always wanted to bring to the market!

The question now from many people is, "Why don't you make more (insert team name/color/state)?"  Sometimes people are great about it...sometimes they are less than understanding that we are not Nike/Ralph Lauren and can't make 50 colors/work with every school/etc. We would love to work with additional colors and schools. In terms of colors we simply bring designs/colors to our retail partners, working to get preorders months in advance helps us to plan our line and end up with the products that are most likely to be sold complete.  We simply cannot financially carry every color if stores are not demanding these designs/colors. Some people call this capitalism, others would rather complain via social media of the injustices we are causing.

In addition, we plan out well in advance of a season, so if you don't see something that was just released today, we probably would be adding a color tomorrow.  We're a small business and we can't churn out new products overnight.

If you work for a university and are interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from your to get your institution on board.  Our collegiate line has been extremely successful and would love to look into more places across the south.  

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Posted in 8th ave. s. Nashville, Nothin' Beats Football in the South, Pullovers, Tristar, Tristar Stickers


The position has been FILLED!

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Mason Jones

Thank you to everyone who applied for our internship position! We are pleased to say that we filled the position and we are so excited for our new interns!
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We Are Hiring!

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Mason Jones

Volunteer Traditions is hiring!

We are looking for a fun spirited, hard working college guy or gal to join our VolTrad team this fall. This will be a part time position for a student in the Nashville area.

Duties include: running the front store, helping out around the office, prep work for orders, daily chores, and other things of the sort.

This may not be the most glamorous job, but hey, its a pretty cool place to work.  


We need someone to work Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoons. If you think you’ve got what it takes, email anna@volunteertraditions.com with a resume, a blurb about why you would be great, and the hours you can work.

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Show your state pride..

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Mason Jones


We are all about state pride at Volunteer Traditions. It doesn't matter if you are from Yorkville or if you are from Knoxville. It doesnt matter if you are a Vol fan or a Vandy fan. One thing we all have in common is the great state of Tennessee. Whether you were born and raised here, or you are just spending your college years here, show your pride. You may have see one of our decals on the back of a car driving down your street. Go get yourself one. And for goodness sake, don't mess up the alignment.

 

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Posted in Decal, Nashville, Tennessee, Tristar, Volunteer Traditions


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