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Milwaukee's Michelle Hoff models a "Non Essential" T-shirt by Fresh Prints MKE.

Wear it in good health: Pandemic-themed T-shirts

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday life, but it doesn't need to change who we are. So, in addition to our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus, OnMilwaukee will continue to report on cool, fun, inspiring and strange stories from our city and beyond. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay informed and stay joyful. We're all in this together. #InThisTogetherMKE

In the spirit of experiencing moments of lightness and fun during a grave period in history, look no further than the pandemic-themed T-shirt. And although your Facebook feed is probably loaded with options from around the world, there are a handful of talented Milwaukee designers who, literally and figuratively, got ya covered.

Here are six good ones that will match all of your pajama bottoms swimmingly:

1. Milwaukee Stay At Home T-shirts

MilwaukeeHome, in collaboration with RadioGraffiti, is offering this new limited edition style to benefit the MKE Responds Fund.

100 percent of proceeds will be donated to this fund that was created to respond to needs emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting community partners affected by the crisis. Also, according to the website, this shirt is "perfect to wear to all your favorite social distancing activities!" More info here.

2. Slacker Posse "Stay the @*!! Back" T-shirts

Slacker Posse, owned and operated by Milwaukee's Dean Castelaz, offers a few different slogans on T-shirts and beanies. Best of all, according to Castelaz, they are "at a special 6-foot-distant price of $10!" Go here to check 'em out.

3. Praying hands with soap T's

Jeremy Novy, the artist behind the koi fish street art in Milwaukee, collaborated with Adam's Nest to create this pandemic-inspired shirt of praying hands with soap on a rope. All proceeds go toward Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, National Domestic Workers Alliance and One Fair Wage Emergency Fund. Click here.

4. "Non-essential" T-shirt

Own your non-essentialism with this T-shirt from Fresh Prints of MKE. "Essential" Ts are also available. Contact designer Codi Peters, a self-described "non-essential bartender" and artist, here to order one. "I am very proud to be a part of a great community of support where we work to help everyone get through this," says Peters.

5. Quarantine & Chill T-shirts

Milwaukee's Cream City Lounge has a variety of tees available that sum up the current sitch in just a few words including "Quarantine & Chill," "Quarantined & Cute" and "Corona Things" (a play on Netflix's series "Stranger Things"). Check out all the designs here.

6. "Distance Yourself" T-shirts

Created by AZTEEz, these biohazard-based tees are also available as hoodies. Check 'em out here.


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