Famous T-Shirt Designers
Six People Who Shaped T-Shirt Designs
The simple t-shirt began as a humble undergarment and is now a beacon of self expression and passions. If you love a band, you buy a shirt to reflect your musical taste. If you want to support a candidate or a cause, you get a politically-charged t-shirt. If you had a lovely time on holiday in a city you get a shirt. Self expression, commemoration - t-shirts play a role in almost anything we're remotely passionate about.
How did that happen? Who moved these light cotton under-shirts from the background of the wardrobe to the forefront of the protest movement, as a powerful self-expression medium. We think these six designers played a huge role in that cultural shift.
Jim Fitzpatrick - An Irish artist specializing in celtic art created this iconic image as a young man. The two toned image of Che Guevara was taken from a photo by Alberto Korda. Fitzpatrick idolized the marxist revolutionary and the poster became an iconic symbol of communist ideals.
Owsley “Bear” Stanely - As the soundman for rock’n roll’s most important jam band, Stanley was faced with an problem. When the Grateful Dead was on tour all their gear looked like all the other band’s gear. Stanely needed something to distinguish the black boxes from those of the other bands. With the help of his friend Bob Thomas, Stanely created the iconic skull and lightning bolt logo.
John Pasche - Voted the most iconic band logo of all time, the Rolling Stone’s tongue and lips design is instantly recognizable by everyone on the planet not living under rocks. Pasche said about Stone’s front man, Mick Jagger, who commissioned the design for the band, “Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth.”
The logo was originally designed for the Sticky Fingers album but eventually became on of the first examples of band branding. The Stones originally commissioned the logo for 50£ but were so pleased with it they gave Pasche a bonus of 200£, still a pretty good deal considering how much use they got out of it.
Katharine Hamnett - Taking the simple t-shirt and using it as a walking billboard for causes, Hamnett innovated the protest t-shirt of the 1980s. A british fashion designer, her popular Choose Life line is still being sold today.
Shepard Fairey - While enjoying underground fame since the late 80’s due to his Andre The Giant Has A Posse viral street art, Fairey’s more recognizable work is that HOPE poster of Obama from the 2008 election. Laura Barton from the Guardian said the image "acquired the kind of instant recognition of Jim Fitzpatrick's Che Guevara poster, and is surely set to grace T-shirts, coffee mugs and the walls of student bedrooms in the years to come."
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