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Tie-Dye T-Shirt

The tie-dye t-shirt is made by resist dyeing the fabric resulting in a pattern.  Tie-dye t-shirts were made popular by hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s and by musicians of the time who wore them such as Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin Wearing Tie-Dye at Woodstock

Tie-dyeing is achieved by folding and tying a t-shirt to achieve patterns when it is dipped into the dye.  The ties prevent parts of the shirt from being dyed, forming white and dye-colored patterns on the t-shirt to achieve the decorative effect.

Nigerian Tie and Dye via Ogun State Government

Although popularized in the United States in the 1960s, tie-dyeing origins can be dated to pre-Columbian designs from 500-800 A.D.  Early forms of tie-dyeing can also be traced to Nigeria, Japan and India.

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver is a surfing sportswear brand founded in 1976 by two surfers from Pasadena, California, Robert McKnight and Jeffrey Hakman.  Quicksilver was borne out of their desire to start a business that could finance long days on the beach. McKnight and Hakman decided to fulfill their goal by obtaining the licensing rights for Quicksilver, a six year old company based in Australia which also was started by two surfers.

Quicksilver Shorts

Quicksilver had gained trend status among surfers in Australia and McKnight and Hakman hoped to achieve similar success with the Quicksilver name in the United States. In negotiations over dinner with the Australian owners for Quicksilver’s U.S. rights, Hakman had to fulfill one condition: eat the large paper doily under his plate, which he promptly did.

Jeff Hakman Today

From that point forward, McKnight and Hakman began making surf wear under the name Quicksilver. By selling in department stores and specialty boutiques throughout the U.S., Quicksilver has over the years become a market leader in surf wear.

As the business became a surf wear empire, McKnight explained, “I thought I could make a few shorts and stay near the beach and party.” Despite his humble plans, McKnight soon found himself guiding the fortunes of a rapidly growing and flourishing global enterprise.

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The Tank Top


Tank Top Worn by David Lee of The Legendary Shack Shakers - Photo Via Bog King

A tank top is a collarless and sleeveless shirt which has wide shoulder straps and no opening in the front. It is often worn as an undershirt or by athletes as the top part of their uniforms.

The Tank Top's Ancestor: 1920s Wool Tank Swimsuits - Photo via SoJones

The term for the shirt was entered into the American Webster’s Dictionary in 1950.  The word tank top stems from the “tank swimsuit” which is a one-piece lady’s swimsuit that was worn in the early to mid-20th century in “swimming tanks,” which is what swimming pools were referred to in those days.

Ribbed Knit Tank Top - Photo via RL Hyde

The white tank top undershirt, made of ribbed knit, is often referred to as a “wife beater” in the U.S.  It is called this because the type of man who would dubiously wear the shirt with nothing over it would also probably have the bad judgment to engage in domestic violence. Tank tops can also be called singlets or vests in British English.

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Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Tie Dye T-Shirt via aegidian

The tie-dye t-shirt is made by resist dyeing the fabric resulting in a pattern.  Tie-dye t-shirts were made popular by hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s and by musicians of the time who wore them such as Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin.

Janis Joplin Wearing Tie-Dye at Woodstock

Tie-dyeing is achieved by folding and tying a t-shirt to achieve patterns when it is dipped into the dye.  The ties prevent parts of the shirt from being dyed, forming white and dye-colored patterns on the t-shirt to achieve the decorative effect.

Nigerian Tie and Dye via Ogun State Government

Although popularized in the United States in the 1960s, tie-dyeing origins can be dated to pre-Columbian designs from 500-800 A.D.  Early forms of tie-dyeing can also be traced to Nigeria, Japan and India.

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I ♥ NY T-Shirt

A Rainbow of I ♥ NY T-Shirts - Photo via Arlene Senser

The I NY logo t-shirt is an iconic part of American popular culture. The logo was first used in 1977, when the New York State Department of Commerce ordered an advertising agency to develop a promotional campaign for the state. Graphic designer Milton Glaser agreed to produce the logo for free since everyone believed the campaign would last for only a short time.

He's Loving NY - Photo via Kevin Klöcker

The trademarked logo, which is based on the American Typewriter design type, has been reproduced on t-shirts and sold throughout New York City since the late 1970s. People commonly mistake the logo for representing the City, whereas it has always been used to promote New York State.

They Heart NY - Photo via Ed Yourdon

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The Harley-Davidson T-Shirt

A T-Shirt Shows Harley-Davidson Loyalty

In recent years, Harley-Davidson t-shirts have often been produced by the company itself and have a HD logo label attached.  There has also been development in t-shirt design for ladies, with Harley-Davidson logos emblazed on tank tops, fitted t-shirts and halter tops.

The famous t-shirts are favored not only by Harley riders, but also by anyone who wants to look rebellious and cool.

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A Motorcycle Shop's Name in Mesa, Arizona on the Back of a Harley-Davidson T-Shirt

Klassiska Harley Davidson t-shirts är i regel svarta och har HD:s logo och en motorcykeldesign på framsidan av tröjan och en logo, namnet och adressen på en återförsäljare eller verkstad för motorcyklar på ryggen.

På senare år har företaget Harley Davidson börjat producera HD t-shirts med en HD-logo själva. HD T-shirts för tjejer har också utvecklats med HD-logon prydandes tank tops, tajta t-shirts och så kallade halter tops.

Dessa berömda t-tröjor gillas inte bara av de som kör Harley, men också av alla som vill se rebelliska och coola ut.

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