Where does the story of the T-shirt start?
Punk is about doing it yourself, so a sustainable fashion design where you use already existing garments is preferred if you want the real look. According to the sources, the beginning of the T-shirt is credited to the navy. The US Navy that is, while other historians say it was the swabs in the British Royal Navy which wore them under their uniforms in World War I, some even suggest it was the French Army. American soldiers liked the comfortable lightweight cotton undershirt compared to the wool uniforms American soldiers wore and the rest is history. Dada was punk before punk came in 1975 Punk fashion is the clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, jewelry, and body modifications of the punk subculture. Punk fashion varies widely, ranging from Vivienne Westwood designs with styles modeled on bands like The Exploited to pop based Green Day.
Punk started before and with the Dada movement and was soon followed by Salvador Dali. When the factory in New York was established by Andy Warhol, the modern culture of punk started. Andy’s house band the Velvet Underground became the band that created more musicians than records sold. The distinct social dresses of other subcultures and art movements, including glam rock, skinheads, rude boys, greasers, and mods have influenced punk fashion. Punk fashion has, likewise, influenced the styles of these groups, as well as those of popular culture. Punks are today a central part of youth culture but nothing more than just a fashion statement. The clothes or style hardly shocks anybody anymore.
Tees pop culture icon number one
T-shirts are a visual history of pop culture of military underwear and blank cotton canvases for self-exploring, artistic and political, humorous, sarcastic and brand messages in the total history of fashion. A t-shirt has become the icon of pop cultures of all decades and is denim jeans mirror of the upper body language, but in addition to this tees been used with everything, suits, weddings, punks, artistes, political events, and military action to clever brand awareness marketing. Unfortunately, I sold a few of my best tees on the Saturday and Sunday market. Among them, some hand printed and exclusive t tees by Malcolm McLaren in the Sex Pistols. Others been sold as The Who signed tees from the 70s, the unique messages from The The, Bauhaus, Kraftwerk German editions, Dead Kennedy’s early San Francisco Tees and a few well known street art artists and Galleries from NY, London, and Tokyo to China.
Unfortunately I sold a few of my best tees on the Saturday and Sunday market
Worn out Levi’s 501 big E and old band tee are my favorite look. The common message is that a tee-shirt has become my closest friend together with a pair of worn-out Levi’s 501 jeans. Two Packs tee from Levi’s was my favorite even not the original tees, but I used to see how long I could wear them, and later I did spray paint one-off as Sonic Youth and my best one for a Fugazi concert in the early 90s. Worn out Levi’s 501 big E and old band tee is my favorite The common message is that a tee-shirt has become my closest friend together with a pair of worn out Levi’s 501 jeans. Two Pack Tees from Levi’s was my favourite even not the original tees, but I used to see how long I could wear them and later I did spray paint one-off as Sonic Youth and my best one for a Fugazi concert in the early 90’s.
Stencils and real car paint
I used stencils and real car paint to make my first punk tee. A stencil and black car paint did the job, smelly as hell as I had to use my washing machine otherwise a mixture of car paints and beer would knock us all out, in madhouse of a Fugazi punk concert, somewhere in a squatted house in Oslo. I only made 10 tees, and I kept one myself.
D.I.Y your own smashing punk tee
To make them yourself is a job if you like them worn out and punk street wise. Please do not buy those made by big chains as they are in bad quality and mostly environmental unfriendly ones. However, if you buy a few 2nd hands or find in your back closet some old ones. Or ask your neighbor the metal fan or an aged punk friend; I am sure they will give a few, tees they would have thrown into the garbage a long time ago. How you make a punk tee with street stencil art
You can be over-print almost anything. Do not add too much washing powder as it does harm to the environment, but makes sure use as little water and temperature as possible and control the flood of water. The water can be used the flush down the toilets or other activities that require water that does not need to be as clean to begin with, motor engine. Buy some of the really good books about tees and punk culture from my Eco lifestyle story store or your local bookstore home it’s more convenient. The recommended and brilliant tees fashion books are; Ripped-t-shirts from the underground, Vintage T-shirts Tees-the art of T-shirt and Vintage T-shirts by Täschen.
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