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T-shirt Art

T-shirt Art has evolved as a way to express opinion or craze for art on one's clothes. People love to wear opinions, places of interest, popular quotes, memories of alma mater and imprint it on t-shirts. Thus the T-shirt Art was discovered. It is a disparate range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving ingenious or technical expertise. Generally these actions encompass the creation of art itself. Until the 17th century, art was referred to as any dexterity or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage (after the 17th century), where aesthetic considerations are paramount, fine arts are unglued and distinguished from acquired and assimilated skills in general, such as decorative or applied arts.

Art may be characterized in terms of mimesis, expression, communiqué of emotion, or other qualities and characters. Art can be seen as 'a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science'. Contemporary art includes many different art forms, from traditional media such as paintings and drawings to more recently developed approaches that use digital and time-based media to create works that incorporate both sound and image. Art in the form of paintings and drawings can be done even on T-shirts. Contemporary times have seen the emergence of T-shirt art as an indulgence of the hobbyist too.

T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece 'union suit' underwear into separate top and bottom garments. The top was long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. With and without buttons, they were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments. A T-shirt is a style of fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is generally allied with short sleeves, a round neck line known as 'crew neck' and no collar. Typically made of cotton fibres knitted in a jersey stitch, T-shirts have a distinctive soft texture compared to woven shirts.

During the 1960s, printed or painted T-shirts gained fame for self-expression as well for advertisements, protests, and souvenirs. Contemporary varieties are available in many different designs, fabrics and styles including crew-neck and V-neck shirts. In the early 1950s several companies based in Miami, Florida, etc started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and various characters. Even the people started indulging in T-shirt art on their own by drawing cartoon characters or writing slogans as a means of protesting against social issues or promoting them. After the advent of the ringer T-shirts in 1960 it became a staple fashion for the youth. The emergence of tie-dyeing and screen-printing on the basic T-shirt further sealed the fate of this art form and T-shirts became a medium for wearable art, commercial advertising, souvenir messages and protest art messages. The most common form of commercial T-shirt adornment is screen-printing where a design is divided into individual colours. T-shirt art is now growing fast a hobby with many people taking it up passionately and creating new designs and styles.

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