Promotional clothing is not a new concept. It’s been used by businesses, charities and people for many decades for various purposes. Businesses use printed t-shirts to advertise their business in general or new products or services. Charities print their logos on shirts with the name of a cause to raise money. People, however, wear them for an unlimited number of reasons.
Think about the t-shirts in your closets. There are probably a few new ones, but there are also bound to be some ragged ones you just can’t seem to let go of for sentimental reasons. Dig deep in the drawers, and there’s a good chance you take a walk down memory lane through the last few decades.
Just about anywhere people go, they manage to buy themselves or someone in their family a promotional t-shirt. Who has been to the Hard Rock Café and not purchased a t-shirt? The restaurant and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1971 in London and now is found around the world. People wear the t-shirts as symbols of exactly how cool they really are
The power of promotional clothing should not be underestimated. Sometimes though, people choose custom polo shirts or t-shirts because they have a clear message. At some unknown time over the last 20 years, someone started selling shirts that said, “I went shopping and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” That spawned a t-shirt revolution and the shirt started showing up everywhere. Gripe…gripe…gripe…but all in fun!
There are other popular printed t-shirts in history. Remember the Frankie Says Relax t-shirt in the 80’s? Some thought it really meant relax but it turns out that it meant something more sophisticated in the bedroom, if you get the meaning. Frankie Goes to Hollywood was a British dance group, and the catchphrase made for a great printed t-shirt.
Through the decades, some promotional clothing has stood out from the crowd. You may just be the next person who wears a new phrase or picture and it will go into the t-shirt hall of fame.
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