We dare you to find a modern closet with no t-shirt in sight. T-shirts are one of the most common garments yet they’ve only been socially acceptable since the late 1940s! We take a look at some of pop culture’s finest t-shirt moments:
1. The classic white tee: Before the 1950s, all t-shirts were considered exclusively undergarments until Hollywood hunks like James Dean and Marlon Brando started stripping off their button downs to their white tees. Hubba hubba!
2. I ❤ NY: Born as an idea for an ad campaign during the late 1970s, designer Milton Glaser came up with this now iconic shirt to promote tourism. Decades later, it’s now become one of the most imitated t-shirt designs ever with the state of New York filing thousands of trademark objection letters every year. Do you own an I ❤ shirt? Where from?
3. Three Wolf Moon shirt: Designed by artist Antonia Neshev, this shirt has become an Internet phenomenon for thousands of ironic reviews on Amazon.com. The original reviewer, Brian Govern, said: “Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women. Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the ‘guns’), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.”
4. Vote for Pedro: Either you hated it or you loved it, but either way 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite shirt wasn’t hard to forget. After all, he does a sweet dance that doesn’t disappoint for the only guy in school that has a mustache. Sweet!
5. John Lennon’s “New York City”: In the mid-1970s, John Lennon was becoming synonymous with New York City after making a name for himself apart from The Beatles and sobering up. The photographer handed John the $5 sidewalk shirt, took his portraits, and the rest is history.