Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Smiley Face That Launched 1000 T Shirt Lines

A rendition of the smiley face dates back to the late 1930s, but the most recognizable and popular version is that of American artist Harvey Ball. Ball was commissioned to create a smiley face for a client in 1963. Seven years later, Bernard and Murray Spain, two brothers from Philadelphia, turned the yellow circle with black oval eyes, into a pop culture phenomenon. Okay, I’m over today’s herstory lesson.

While the pop culture trend of the graphic tee lasted a short time in the 70s it returned with a vengeance some 30 odd years later. Today, everyone has a tee-shirt line including…yeah well you know, shirt happens. Anyway, I’m so over the “Ed Hardy” tee, but far from disliking a humorous graphic tee like the ones that I found at SnorgTees. With slogans that go from dry to raunchy humor and everything in between, this is the next trend to stick around for a while.

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