Following on from last weeks post where I began my search for the top 50 T-Shirts of all time. I’ve done more searching through my wardrobe and more searching through the internet to help come up with the next part of my list – numbers 40 down to 31.
Without further delay, here they are:
40: NO FEAR:
No Fear was a popular brand in and around the mid-90’s where we saw a rise in extreme sports. The T-Shirts were always accompanied by slogans which told us how we should live our lives on the edge.
The logo featured an intense pair of sharp-looking eyes which managed to spark a trend amongst those who wouldn’t consider themselves a fan of extreme sports.
39. DO YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING?
Back in the 90’s Wrestling was hugely popular in the UK and it’s a trend that has continued. One of the most famous wrestlers to come through the ranks was The Rock, bringing us all his famous sayings of “Know Your Role and Shut Your Mouth” and “Do You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?”.
Following his success, merchandise for the People’s Champion went through the roof making his T-Shirts one of the best selling WWE (back then it was WWF) T-Shirts of all time.
Following on from his fame, The Rock (real name Dwayne Johnson) has begun a career in films and has starred in some epic movies such as The Mummy and The Other Guys.
38. CHE GUEVARA:
Whether you consider him to be a hero or a terrorist, there’s no doubt that Che Guevara has become an icon for many. His image has been used again and again on many different items of merchandise.
To date, I’ve seen badges, jackets, hoodies, T-Shirts and even packs of cigarettes that all feature the famous image of Che on the front.
Even now the Marxist figure turned fashion icon still manages to sell merchandise in many different forms and as a result, he makes his way into my top 40.
37. LOUSY T-SHIRT:
Joke T-Shirts have been going on for a long time and many people get T-Shirts printed with humorous statements and comments throughout the world. Following their rise in popularity, they also became commonplace as travel gifts.
The “All I got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” was a hugely popular gift which was fully adaptable no matter where you went. From “My parents went to America and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt” to “My friend had a stag do in Prague and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt”.
There really was no end to the different variations you could get with this T-Shirt.
36. THE KING OF THE RING:
Back when the WWE was known as the WWF, T-Shirts bearing the WWF logo were pretty much everywhere. Every fan of wrestling had one, everyone who didn’t wanted one. Saturday nights were dominated by Raw and Friday nights featured Smackdown and it was always worth staying up for.
It’s no surprise that WWE memorabilia and merchandise is one of the biggest sellers throughout the world and even today adults and children will wear the merch of their favourite wrestler or their favourite wrestling programme.
If you used to watch wrestling back in the day, let me know who your favourite wrestler was (mine was Stone Cold Steve Austin).
35. THE TUXEDO T-SHIRT:
The tuxedo T-Shirt is a timeless addition to anyone’s wardrobe. It was the perfect mixture of upper class while dressing down.
The tuxedo T-Shirt made it possible to wear one T-Shirt for any occasion, if you were planning a night out, you could pair it with a pair of smart trousers and a jacket and you would look the part.
If you were going to the pub with your friends, combine it with a pair of jeans and a cardigan and you’ve got the dressed down, ironic look. Staying in the house on a Sunday? no worries, combined with a pair of jogging bottoms and slippers you still don’t look out of place.
If you wanted a T-Shirt which you could wear for literally any occasion, surely the tuxedo T-Shirt must be it.
34. I LOVE – EVERYWHERE APPARENTLY:
The “I LOVE….” T-Shirts are one of the most worn, most sold T-Shirts of all time. Everywhere you go, every city you visit, you can almost guarantee that there will be a T-Shirt which you could buy and give to your loved ones who are left back at home.
The original T-Shirt was the “I Heart NY” one which was created by designer Milton Glaser when he sketched the “I heart NY” onto a napkin and it wasn’t long before this logo appears on T-Shirts.
Since then I’ve seen T-Shirts showcasing their love for every city that I’ve been too across the whole of Europe and there’s also umbrellas, jumpers, hoodies, bags and much more.
33. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU:
Yes, that’s right I’m a Star Wars fan. Quite a big Star Wars fan actually just like a large number of people throughout the world.
Whether you’re originally a fan of the original trilogy, or if you’re a fan of all 7 T-Shirts, Star Wars managed to build such as huge reputation that people throughout the world were putting their religion down as ‘Jedi’.
Since the original installment of everyone’s favourite space soap opera back in 1977 when were treated to the original Star Wars movie (which was named ‘A New Hope’ in 1981), fans of the series have stayed immensely loyal to the characters that many of us grew up with (except for maybe Jar Jar).
Merchandise for the franchise still sells fantastically well and this is only set to improve now that Disney has bought the franchise and began releasing a new trilogy.
Back in the day, many people were advocating that we should give peace a chance, today, they’re still saying it. The Peace Symbol was originally designed back in 1958 for the British Nuclear Disarmament Movement by Gerald Holtom and has since gone on to be internationally recognised as the peace symbol.
To this day, the symbol is still regarded as one of the most widely known symbols in the world and many posters in protests still show the symbol as a way of promoting peace and not hate.
During the recent terrorist attacks on France, there was an excellent use of the Eiffel Tower where it was turned into a peace symbol to show solidarity amongst people across the world.
31. TIE DYE!
The manufacturer of the tie dye T-Shirt caused a huge marketing storm which was aimed at the free-spirited youth of the time. The psychedelic colours which are used in the dyeing process made this T-Shirt popular amongst everyone throughout the world.
Now, with guides and tutorials available teaching everyone how to make their own, the tie dye T-Shirt seems to be a fad which has never truly died out and people throughout the world are still making and wearing their own T-Shirts.
What’s more, you can create your own unique designs depending on which way you tie the T-Shirt to create some truly awesome designs to make the ultimate customised T-Shirt.