Walk down the street and you’d be hard pressed not to see at least one person (if not more) wearing a T-shirt. While the T-shirt has been and continues to be a popular fashion staple, it wasn’t always that way.
In fact, according to Gizmodo, it’s only been worn as an outer garment for about 50 years. Yet, despite its relatively short past, it’s powerful – used as a canvas for social change, expressing individuality, and even just representing your favorite band. That being said, read on to find out more about some of the most famous T-shirts of all time.
1. That Smiley Face Shirt
Like the T-shirt, the smiley face is only a recent addition to the logo world. The classic smiley face first made its entrance in the 1970s.
Composed of a simple circle with two dots and a semi-circular lie underneath, according to The Guardian, the smiley face was meant to represent happiness, sun, and the spring.
Since then, the smiley face has changed – from its classic design to the mud-splattered logo in Forrest Gump to the stick-your-tongue-out Nirvana logo.
2. The Peace Sign Isn’t Just Associated with the Hippies
Contrary to what some may think, there’s more to the peace sign than being a favorite among hippies and lively partners. The iconic sign was created in 1958 by British Artist, Gerald Holtom for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
While some have gone so far to attribute the peace sign as a secret symbol for anti-Christianity, in reality the symbol is made up of the overlapping letters, “N” and “D” (which most likely stand for nuclear disarmament since the sign was to be used during the campaign’s first march).
After the Paris terrorist attacks, French graphic designer, Jean Jullien combined the peace sign and Eiffel tower, creating the now-famous “Peace for Paris” symbol.
Within 24 hours of Jullien posting it on social media, the design went viral and has been used on banners and t-shirts to show solidarity and strength.
3. Your Favorite Vintage Band T-Shirt
While this isn’t a specific t-shirt per se, band t-shirts have been a heavy influence in the fashion and music industries, most notably…