Purple Tuna Tees Inc. is MORE than a typical t-shirt shop. At the Tuna we strive to focus on keeping things fresh, fun, and always high quality. We pride ourselves on great design, personable and efficient customer service, as well as reasonable pricing. We love our customers and we love providing you with quality products and happy hearts!

You will most often catch us in shorts and flip flops, wearing ball caps and yes, t-shirts! We enjoy our days to the fullest while creating immaculate designs and printed goods, come journey with us and "sail" in to the Purple Tuna.

At the print shop itself we keep the positive energy flowing with bright purple and blue walls, beach decor and surf boards surrounding each office space, and an awesome and talented staff of 25 employees. From the moment you walk in the shop and are greeted by our smiling receptionist to creating your custom order with one of our sales representatives and then having it printed by our well experienced print staff, we hope you will feel the love and passion that we put into our work.  

Purple Tuna Tees has been servicing the local upstate and beyond, including nationwide and even international customers, since October of 2007. The company was started by owner Cary Hinze and has always been a family run business. 


•Born in Rock Island, Illinois - Has resided in the upstate of South Carolina for the past 30 years 
•Married to Lori Hinze with 2 children, Kylie & Keaton, who both work at “The Tuna” as well as pursue their own personal careers: Kylie as a professional musician & Keaton as a current student at the University of South Carolina 
•Studied fine art & business at Augustana College 
•Graduated with a degree in business & commercial graphics from Southern Illinois University 
•Has been creative and drawn to art since a young age but became extremely passionate about it in high school with the influence of two of his art teachers 
•Has over 30 years of experience working in the graphic design and t-shirt industry  
•Founder of several apparel brands and t-shirt lines including Precaryous, Biker Chick, and the most recent coastal apparel line: What The Fin (whatthefinapparel.com) 
•Proud owner of 3 cats and 2 dogs 
•Collects mermaid antiques and motifs