Everything You Need to Know About T-Shirts in 1000 Words

The History of the T-Shirt in 1000 Words

The History of T-Shirts in 320 Words

One-piece “union suits” are cut into separate top and bottom pieces. The top part of the union suit is long enough to be tucked into the waistband of bottoms. Miners and stevedores use the T-Shirt to combat the hot environment. The United States Navy makes the T-Shirt standard issue at around 1918 and are used as undergarments worn under uniforms. The T-Shirt appears in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for the first time in 1922. During the Great Depression the T-Shirt becomes the default garment for many workers. The Wizard of Oz releases the first promotional T-Shirt in 1939. Presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey was the first to put a political slogan on a T-Shirt and it said “Dew-It With Dewey.” Charlie Brown first appears in a T-Shirt in 1950. Following World War II it is common to see veterans wearing T-Shirts with their trousers as casual clothing. Marlon Brando turns the T-Shirt into a fashion statement after wearing one in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951. In 1955, James Dean appears in Rebel Without A Cause in a white T-Shirt making it the symbol of rebellious youth.

Tank tops, A-Shirts (wife beaters), muscle shirts, scoop shirts and v-necks are developed as variants to the T-Shirt. Plastisol ink is developed in 1959 allowing variety in T-Shirt designs. Screen printing becomes the most popular form of T-Shirt printing. Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara graces the T-Shirt of many activitsts in the 1960’s. John Sebastian and Janis Joplin popularize tie-dyed shirts. Jacqueline Bisset appears in the movie The Deep in 1977 and is seen surfacing wearing a white T-Shirt and a bikini underneath – the Wet T-Shirt is born. Thermochromatic dyes are introduced in the 80’s and change color when subjected to heat. In the 90’s, Hip Hop afficianados wear T-Shirts that extend to their knees. Threadless revolutionizes the way T-Shirts are designed and sold online in the 2000’s with their crowd sourcing model of business.

Charlie Brown

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10 Interesting T-Shirt Facts

1. An acre of cotton is enough to produce 1200 T-Shirts.

2. 2 billion T-Shirts are sold annually worldwide.

3. Six miles of yarn is used to make one T-Shirt.

4. 91% of Americans have a “favorite” T-Shirt.

5. In a T-shirt survey, 62% of those responded owned more than 10 T-shirts. In the 18 to 24 age group 79% owned over 10 T-shirts and 19% owned over 30.

6. 8 million dollars worth of Farrah Fawcett T-Shirts were sold in 1977.

7. Cotton accounts for about 40 percent of total world fiber production.

8. Fiber for one cotton T-shirt requires 256.6 gallons of water.

9. The U.S. cotton industry accounts for more than $25 billion in products and services annually.

10. Cotton creates over 400,000 jobs in the United States.

20 T-Shirt Blogs, Forums, and Communities

CotyGonzales.com is the site you’re currently reading! I feature daily T-Shirt posts and a weekly video podcast (Co-Tee TV). I am dedicated to showcasing indie tees and reviewing T-Shirts that are sent to me.


Hide Your Arms is run by true T-Shirt connousiuer Andy Bowness and aims to cover all aspects of the independent clothing industry, bringing you news and point out items of clothing, with a focus on long-sleeved goods like hoodies, track jackets and sweatshirts.

hide Your Arms

A T-Shirt Blog is maintained by Micah Monserrat, a man with a passion for T-Shirts with solid design. He only posts tees that he loves. It’s his own personal wishlist. A very awesome, T-shirt-only wishlist.

A T-Shirt Blog

T-Critic by Karl Long has been around since 2006 and has one of the largest followings in terms of readership. Post frequency is rare.


Cottonable was founded by Rangga Rahimsono and was started back in 2006 to spread love for the art of T-shirt design inspired mainly by everything that happens around us: from indie, geek and street culture to mainstream influences.


Best of the Rest T-Shirt Blogs

Pop Culture Tees is the brainchild of Liz Fulghum and features new designs from the hottest retailers and indie artists, tips ‘n tricks, and interviews from industry experts, Pop Culture Tees delves into the world of creative t-shirt design.

Tee-Junction is part blog, part social shopping t-shirt enthusiast community in teedirectory, tee-junction is updated daily with info on the latest and great t-shaped threads.

Taddict is run by a self-proclaimed T-Shirt junkie and provides honest reviews of his favorite tees and indie brands.

addic[tee]d since 2005 addicteed.com filters and features t-shirt artwork and artists from all over the world.

In My Short Sleeve in my short sleeve is run by Kim Nunley, who loves nothing more than trying to decide which t-shirt to wear each day.

Loving This Tee features product reviews, up-to-date news and tee deals.

Troundup is a regularly updated blog run by a lad named Colin.

Tee Hunter relentlessly hunts down and showcases the best tshirts, brands and designers in the world.

I Love Your T-Shirt is a Belgium based T-Shirt blog.

Compe-tee-tion tracks all the biggest news in the t-shirt design competition world, from reviews of new releases to information on new contest opportunities.

Grafitee is a French based T-Shirt blog – you’ll find lots of unique T-Shirts here.

T-Shirt Reviews Blog shows off cool shirts and gives you the chance to find something unique and expressive to wear.

T-Shirt Forums and Communities

T-Shirt Forums and Communities

Emptees is a place where the world’s best designers and tee enthusiasts can come together on common ground to show off, talk about, and love tees. Emptees features a young, energetic and passionate group of T-Shirt enthusiasts.

Threadless Blogs is the place to go if you want to be in the in over at the number one T-Shirt contest site in InternetLAND.

T-Shirt Forums is an online forum and newsgroup to discuss custom t-shirts, starting a business, screen printing, embroidery, dtg, heat transfers, relabeling, and much, much more.

For a large list of 30 T-Shirt blogs check out this one over at Color Overload – it’s so large it’s broken up into Part 1 and Part 2. For an enormous list of 160 T-Shirt Blogs check out this impressive list over at Hide Your Arms.

8 Iconic T-Shirts

The White T-Shirt

Rebel Without A Cause White T-Shirt James Dean

The Che Guevara Political T-Shirt

Che Guevara

The Tye-Dyed T-Shirt

Tie Dyed T-Shirt

Frankie Says War!

Frankie Says War

I Heart NY

I Heart NY

The Tuxedo Shirt

The Tuxedo Shirt

John&Paul&Ringo&George (Experimental Jet Set)

Experimental Jet Set




  1. Victor says

    epic post Coty!
    i think you left nothing out…
    keep up with the good work. thumbs up from Mexico!

  2. says

    Very awesome info and great lists! It was a very good read. Also, thank you so much for including Loving This Tee in your blog list, Coty! :)

  3. says

    Wow! This is awesome. And I’m especially grateful for the inclusion. Thanks very much! It’s a great post and very informative.

  4. says

    This is an amazing post. You’ve covered just about everything anyone interested in tees could ask you to cover. Really great job!

  5. says

    great list coty, was a little disappointed to not see iamthetrend.com listed under the t-shirt blogs, but overall great post


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