POP CULTURE MOST ICONIC SYMBOL FROM THE 1950’s AND STILL
T-shirts are a visual history of pop culture from military underwear and blank canvas, self exploring art and political, humorous, sarcastic and brand messages. T-shirt has become the icon of pop cultures of all decades. T-shirts are denim jeans mirror upper part of the body. In addition to this it has been a part of any costume, everything as suits, weddings, punks, artistes, political events and rock concerts. From military action to clever brand awareness marketing. The totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, philosophy, music, design, art and creativity gain popularity across the world in a faster way than ever before. Things and ideas become the standard of mass consumption in real-time. . If there is a unique common icon of pop culture is the t-shirt. To do the entire history of the t-shirts are impossible to do within my abilities to research, so I have used some really good sources of information as well as a few of my personal favorite tees.
The Tee’s basic genius advantage
A plain white t-shirt works in any occasion. From weddings, in funerals, when invited to formal dinners. In nearly every working environment to the most alternative what-so-ever-festivals. For example drop the typical suit formal idea – why not wear suit with new or very good navy blue Converse and drop the uncomfortable formal shoes. Under the jacket a brand new or very well ironed without or small as possible logo. However, remember to keep the jacket on at all times if its’ formal dinner or family, because I am sure that you got a few tattoo you’re not so proud of today.
Over the years I have from time to time a stall open at some market somewhere. Amongst them some hand printed and exclusive tees made by Malcolm McLaren cash from chaos . Others signed The who from the early 70’s, the unique messages from The The, Bauhaus, Kraftwerk German editions, Dead Kennedy’s early San Francisco concert tees, and a few well know street art artists and Gallery artistes from NY, London, Tokyo to China. The most valuable tee I got still today is an original RUN-DMC OFFICIAL ADIDAS t-shirt that for some years ago valued by Forbes Magazine €13.000. Read post MY ORIGINAL ADIDAS RUN-DMC T-SHIRT, COLLECTORS ONLY. FOR SALE $13,000
The common message is that a tee-shirt has become my closest friend together with a worn out Levi’s 501 jeans. My favourite are the basic white Two Pack Tees from Levi’s. I used to wash and wear them as long as possible until small holes started to appear. Then later I made spray painted one-off as Sonic Youth and the finest for a Fugazi concert in the early 90’s. A stencil and black car paint did the job them.
BEFORE A FUGAZI CONCERT IN A SQUATTED HOUSE WE MADE DIY WORN OUT WHITE TEE HAND-MADE LETTERS AEROSOL BLACK CAR-PAINT
Smelly as HELL AND HIGH ON THINNER MIXED BLACK beer would knock us all out in madhouse of a Fugazi punk concert. Somewhere in a squatted house in Oslo where I only made 10 t-shirts, I kept one myself and I still have it. To make a t-shirt on your own is not difficult but if you like them worn out and punk street wise it takes some effort to do it. Please do not buy those who are ready-made by big chains as they are in bad quality and are not friendly to our environment.
How to make a ripped punk t-shirt
If you buy a few 2 hand or find some old ones in the closet. Your neighbour, the metal head or an old punk friend might give you some worn out, if you promise they get one later on. You can over-print almost anything. I really like the dirty white ones my self. You can beat them up first handed by using warm water and primp stones in a sac or put them in a washing machine use a three or four bags of small stones and wash them together with 10 – 15 t-shirts. Do not add to much washing powder as it does harm to the environment. Make sure use a little water and temperature as low as possible and control the float of water. Be careful with the environment The water from making the t-shirts can be used the flush down the toilets or other activities that must water who does not need to be as clean. A motor engine or a really dirty old car wash. That should do it.
Cheers and happy Saturday, enjoy and make sure nothing as good as a positive vibe on your voyage tonight crate a common positive Karma and will make wherever you go in life a party. Share your different personalities and enjoy
For inspiration recommended books on t-shirts and punk DIY
- Ripped t-shirts from the underground ISBN 978-0-7893-2033-9
- Vintage T-Shirts ISBN 978-1-84442-001-8
- Tees The Art Of The T-shirt ISBN 978-1-85669-615-9
- Vintage T-shirts Taschen ISBN 978-3-836 The Clash ISBN 978-1-84534-788-4
- Punk ISBN 1-56025 – 369 – X
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