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10 things you never knew about the humble t-shirt

The ultimate fashion item, a limitless article of wonder!

If there is any other clothing accessory with as much versatility as the humble t-shirt I would very much like to hear it. We all wear them, probably since we were in nappies. I bet you’re wearing one right now. I would probably go so far as to state they’re as much a necessity as the very frilly under britches covering our precious parts! Totes went there…

“But Danny! Where did the t-shirt come from?” Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about your wardrobes lead act.

1. THE VERY FIRST T-SHIRT?

Did you know, the t-shirt was given its name by the shape of it’s outline? Course you did! It’s obvious but the very first t-shirt saw the light of day in the nineteenth century (black and white days I think) when even the finest fellows cut their modest union suits to let loose in certain areas. Hear you dudes! Rock out with your….. you know the rest.

2. WORLD WAR TEE

During World War 1 the unbearable conditions prompted the troops to tear off their uniforms for something a little more breathable in the scorching summer months.
The t-shirt proved to be most the popular choice.

3. PLAIN JANE

T-Shirts can be emblazoned with almost endless design possibilities these days, but did you know they weren’t always so freakin’ awesomely decorated! Up until the 1950s with the invention of the incredibly durable, vibrant and stretchable plastisol ink (still going strong might i add) t-shirts were pretty darn bland!

4. HOW MANY?!

October 2007, some bonkers chap who answers to the name “Nick Umbs” decided his love for the t-shirt knows no bounds and proved this by wearing 183 tees all in one go! Setting a new American record. Surely can’t be topped? Wrong! the actual World Record was set by Sanath Bandara of Sri Lanka who managed to squeeze another 74 tees on top! 257 t-shirts! Seriously? Just put a hoodie on dude.

5. BLING

Most expensive t-shirt? $250,000. Made in pure gold and took 15 days to make.

6. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL

We go from sizes extra small all the way to extra, extra, extra, extra, extra large! in some case. However, the worlds biggest t-shirt measures approximately 306 feet long, 206 feet wide and was made from the fabricof 12,000 t-shirts!

7. WHO DOESN'T LOVE FOLDING TEES?

I consider myself a neat and tidy fellow, a place for everything and everything in it’s place is my motto. We’ve done our share of t-shirt folding and we’re pretty good at it. This geezer takes the biscuit though. In 2009 Graeme J Cruden managed to fold 23 t-shirts in 60 seconds setting a new world record in the process.

8. A TEE A DAY KEEPS THE.. BILLS AT BAY?

What if I told you, someone gets paid to be seen in a different t-shirt everyday! Jason Sadler made his millions from this very concept. Wearing a different t-shirt every day featuring brands and business who pay handsomely for the privilege. Why didn’t I think of that!

9. HOW MANY DO YOU OWN?

The average person owns more than 25, probably why it takes so long to decide which to wear on a morning.

10. NO MONEY IN TEES.. SHYEAH! RIGHT

Over two billion t-shirts are sold every year!

FINAL THOUGHTS..

T-shirts are bloomin’ brill! They’re used in fashion, advertising brands, artistic expression, fund raising and the list goes on.

Now more than ever the t-shirt can be printed with limitless possibilities. The t-shirt is here to stay, and the designers and printers of the world will continue to push t-shirt trends and fashions in new directions until the end of times (Unless we actually do migrate to mars, in which case we’ll all be wearing silver space suits… and then we’ll print those instead!)

About the author

The “Gaffer” and screen printer. Danny splits his workload between ruling the roost and screen printing duties. Fueled by copious amounts of monster energy, an unhealthy obsession with motor sport and rock and roll music!

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