Tee Artist: a.mar.illo
We got an interview with the artist himself:
Tell us a little more about this t-shirt design.
Expansion is about the birth of a new world, kind of a big bang, or, looking at the faces of the fragment dudes, maybe I´m wrong and it´s destruction:)
You’re a veteran of the t-shirt design contest circuit. Give us an idea of how many t-shirts you’ve had printed through different contest sites. Where was your first win?
Counting all the tees for contest sites including the ones that feature a shirt a day but not the commission works: around 45. The first t-shirt design contest I ever won was for a canadian denim brand called Dish Jeans based in Vancouver.
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A Brief History of the Tee
A T-shirt, as you can see on the Tilteed home page, is a garment worn by women and men; an expression of style, mood and art. Today… that is. But the American tee wasn’t born today, or yesterday for that matter, and regardless of what your tees mean to you now, it’s historically rooted in the military.
The T-shirt evolved into American culture, say historians, after the U.S. Navy saw British Royal Navy men wearing the lightweight garb under their uniforms. According to a CBS news article about T-shirt history, the Navy “borrowed” the idea of the tee from the British, and began wearing these white, cotton T-shaped designs in about 1913. According to an army historian interviewed in the piece, the army “unequivocally” borrowed the T-shirt from the Navy—creating what was then called a “quarter-sleeve undershirt” for U.S. servicemen. G.I. Joes often came home wearing their army attire, and unknowingly began a brand-new trend.
When 50s-era stars such as James Dean and Marlon Brando showed up on the silver screen cast in white T-shirts, the trend was solidified as a fashion statement.
A decade later, T-shirts began being utilized for different purposes. First, they were tie-dyed. And when screen printing became popular, tees of all shapes and sizes were printed with statements advocating for social change. Moving into the 70s, Rock ‘n Roll seized the opportunity of the tee; bands began printing iconic logos on T-shirts—and fans began buying (and wearing them). The classic tongue and lips Rolling Stones tee is still printed and sold today.
In 2008, according to CBS, a whopping two billion T-shirts were sold in the U.S. We’re not sure how many tees have been bought in 2011, but we’re pretty certain they’re as popular as ever. Check out Tilteed’s one of a kind tees and wear one to keep tee history alive!
T-shirts. Everyone wears them but almost no one talks about them. Search Google for ‘T-shirt Haikus’ and you’ll find link after link for shirts with haikus on them, but try finding a haiku about a T-shirt and you’re just plain out of luck. Because T-shirts are so ubiquitous, it only seems fitting that we appreciate them by bringing them up for commentary. And so, today we present you with some odd, amusing and surprising facts about what we love most: T-shirts.
In today’s day and age, T-shirts are about as common as water or wine, though they’re not consumed as rapidly—thank goodness. Contrastingly, T-shirts are often worn and re-worn over a period of many years. But what happens to a tee once it’s been worn thin or once its ‘cool-ness’ has become outdated?
Some T-shirts, sadly, end up in landfills. In fact, according to Patagonia, which offers an apparel recycling program called Common Threads, “The population of the United States discards 11.9 million tons of clothing, shoes and textiles per year.” Scary as that sounds, it may be comforting to know that some people donate old tees to second hand clothing stores, which keeps them out of the fill. Still yet, there’s another—albeit less common and far less expected—place for T-shirts to end up—in works of art.
This route may not be the one most used tees take, considering that there seems to be just one artist in the U.S. making sculptures out of used apparel. Regardless, it’s one of the coolest places for an old T-shirt to go. New York artist Derick Melander specializes in creating sculptures out of second hand T-shirts and apparel. As you’ll see in the video above, one of his most public works was a sculpted design created in the library of a school with the help of its students. Together, he and the students meticulously folded, color-coded and stacked the items to create a vibrant sculpture that marked the entryway of the library. In this case, the students themselves also donated the clothing that was placed into the piece of art. As a result, Melander says this about the finished piece: “It’s essentially a portrait of them or a representation of them, which is really one of the core things I’m trying to get across with these pieces, that the garments all carry a trace of the people who wore them… “
….In the print shop. Happy Friday everyone!