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As many will know, The Winter Gardens was a much-loved music venue in Penzance, and to celebrate John Adams who owned the club in the ’60s & ’70s, who brought such prolific and ground-breaking acts to our doorstep there will be a limited run of ‘Wints’ t-shirts printed.

John sadly died on the January 1, so with the blessing of John’s children, Dany and Mitch, we have reproduced the artwork from two different eras of the Wints and combined them in one contemporary t-shirt design. The aim is to keep that memory alive and put some well-deserved funds into Prostate Cancer UK, the chosen charity of Dany and Mitch.

The limited run of 100 numbered tshirts will all be printed to the purchaser’s individual taste of logo tshirt size and colour.


Anyone with a drop of Cornish ’bout them will ‘ave heard the word tuss.

Like English terms of endearment, only better, tuss is used in jest and in scorn. A bit of a tuss is very much different to being a damn tuss.

Anyway, if you love someone Cornish – get them a tuss tshirt, they’ll understand completely…


What’s so Cornish about tuss?

The Cornish are immensely proud and passionate of their culture, identity and sense of place.

Aside from the symbolism of the black and white flag of St Piran’s Cross and the stunning landscape, a large part of that identity is the language and dialect.

Many Cornish words have locally made into everyday Cornish dialect; a launder is a gutter, hent is rain, scat is to knock over, moryonens are ants and a tuss is, well, a tuss.

It’s allegedly taken from tozen which was a bull’s penis but the Cornish insult added an erect element to it – a bit like calling someone a pr*ck over the border in England. It seems that the Cornish do everything in style, and swearing is no exception.

Now, being called a tuss can be a cutting insult – or a jokey term for someone who has just made a mistake. Like all swearing, it’s all a matter of context.

To celebrate the magical Cornish dialect and the call of the tuss, we’ve created a range of tuss tshirts in four styles, many different sizes and three colours; black, white and grey.

So be a tuss with pride and let the world know where you are from, or send a special birthday or Christmas gift to a mate who’s a tuss – you won’t regret it.

The money spent on buying a tuss tshirt will stay in Cornwall, where it belongs.

What they say about tuss tshirts…

Tuss heros…