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FizzyT, July 31st, 2013

After nearly four decades of being plain, in the 1950’s t-shirts began to be used as a surface for printing. I’m not sure who invented the printing thingey, but here’s what Wiki says ‘In the early 1950s several companies based in Miami, Florida, started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and various characters. The first company was Tropix Togs, under founder Sam Kantor, in Miami. They were the original license for Walt Disney characters that included Mickey Mouse and Davy Crockett. Later, other companies expanded into the T-shirt printing business, including Sherry Manufacturing Company, also based in Miami.’

So today’s marvellous example of the t-shirt through the ages is going to be a classic Mickey Mouse Disney number. I always thought the whole Disney thing was a bit too cutesome, but now I see it is historic. That makes it ok then.

FizzyT, September 11th, 2012

Conservative MPs have displayed great outrage at t-shirts on sale at the Trades Union Congress’s annual conference this week. The t-shirts are all a bit (!) anti Thatcher and have quaint little slogans such as “Hey ho, the witch is dead” and “A Generation of Trades Unionists will dance on Thatcher’s Grave” next to a gravestone with Thatcher on it. The packaging urges the wearer to don the t-shirt in the event of Thatcher’s demise, and not a moment before.

Rather unsurprisingly, Ed Miliband has been called to distance himself from the TUC and condemn the organisation that produced the t-shirts, which is affiliated to the TUC. An air of disapproval prevails.

Although not a big fan of the Milk snatcher myself (although thought Meryl was fab in the Iron Lady), t-shirts celebrating the demise of frankly quite a knackered old lady seem a bit too vitriolic even for me. Thoughts?

FizzyT, August 2nd, 2012

A story sure to warm your cockles in the Shropshire Star today. Neil Phillips of Oswestry has been wearing a t-shirt with a different slogan every darn day of the year for an ongoing art project about social media and how people communicate.

The slogans all read a bit like tweets, and are just fairly things that Phillips has thought up. I particularly like the one that reads “I think I’ll have a saag aloo chana phal for tea” which is about as random as a t-shirt slogan can get. Phillips says  “I had a few T-shirts before this project with random phrases on it. Last summer I was talking about them and somebody said I should do a T-shirt for every day of the year.It was a joke idea but I thought. ‘I could do this’.”

Phillips plans to exhibit all 366 of his be-sloganed t-shirts at the end of the year. You can check out his Facebook page on or Totally awesome!!

FizzyT, July 12th, 2012

Yesterday we brought you news of hipster artist Wil Fry’s new t-shirt design based on the new Mr Kim Kardashian (aka Kanye West) Yeezee trainer for Nike.

And here is the controversial label tee that kick started the whole Wil Fry t-shirt phenomenon. Covered with the images of designer branding from some of the world’s most famous fashion houses such as Chanel, Dior, Jil Sander, Lanvin to name but a few, Fry sold the tee on his website for a mere $30….a  reaction to the over inflated prices charged by the top names and a comment on the issue of copyright infringement. He also only made one of the tees which is a shame really, as it’s really rather fun.

I love the idea of t-shirt printing as a medium for sartorial satire….wonder what he’ll come up with next?

FizzyT, July 3rd, 2012

The big celebrity news this week is the impending divorce of freaky, sofa jumping, suspiciously youthful Tom Cruise and his soon to be ex-wife, cutesome and loveable Katie Holmes. Of course, noone really knows what goes on behind closed doors, but with Tom such a leading light in the not at all scary church of Scientology, it’s lots of fun speculating.

What are their plans for Suri? How does Tom stay so young looking? Why does he go for wives 11 years younger than the one before? Why does he just play himself in every single film? Ah, the eternal questions which will never fully be answered. Still, it seems as though it’s time to make a TEAM KATIE or TEAM TOM t-shirt. Which one will you go for? Sweet and innocent Katie, or evil Tom (who probably isn’t that evil, he just jumped on a sofa once and that was almost the same as  torturing small yet appealing squirrels.

Which t-shirt? You decide!

FizzyT, June 29th, 2012

I rather like this very girly summer t-shirt by leading Canadian brand Hatley. A sweetly nostalgic retro-y print of a selection of gorgeous ice creams (check out those sprinkles!) on a buttermilk-y background, and the most child friendly slogan probably ever, proclaiming “Ice Cream for Breakfast”……oh yes! It is made from 100% cotton and features little ruche-y capped sleeves with a layered hem. This is a classic little number, and is only £11.99, so none too pricey. Now, anyone got a bit of sunshine!!!

FizzyT, December 30th, 2011

After reading somewhere in the paper that most of the sales shoppers were from far away lands and were thus not paying any VAT on their shopping, I thought I might invoke a bit of the Lord Kitchener spirit and make a t-shirt inviting shoppers to spend a bit more, just to bolster the economy a bit. Not that it needs it. It’s all fine, dandy and about to dance a jig. Honest. But just in case, y’know……

FizzyT, December 22nd, 2011

I love these t-shirts by  Tourne de Transmission, a whole new take on the slogan genre. The t-shirts are montages of slogan and artwork, inspired by the layout of panels in  old newspapers, or plates in ancient books. The designs come courtesy of UK designer and PR expert Graeme Gaughan, and are making waves in the fashion world due to their sharp lines, air of mystique and arty black and whiteness. The letters MMX incorporated into the logo are Roman numerals for the year 2010, when the brand was created. A label to watch.

FizzyT, December 9th, 2011

Whilst the rest of us are making our modest Christmas lists, good old shrinking violet Katie Price is making her festive demands via the medium of t-shirt communication.

Her trip to LA is being well documented, probably by her own press team, and she was recently spotted wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “All I want is everything”, whilst out and about.

In these recession hit times, it’s good to see a girl for whom less is never, but never an option!

FizzyT, December 6th, 2011

How much do I love this skull print t-shirt by Alexander McQueen? The trademark skull gets a spooky reinvention and looks almost tie dyed on this slubby navy cotton t-shirt. It’s past most peoples’ budgets, at a whacking £280 available from Net a Porter, but is truly fabulous and is one of those pieces which would last for years and years and years.

If that’s just a leetle bit too pricey, however, then take a look at this one from River Island available at ASOS. For only £18 it won’t blast the budget as much as the McQueen one, but has a McQueen-y feel to it.

Two different tees, two madly different budgets, quite a similar look, really. But one is Alexander McQueen, and that just makes it about 15 times more expensive. I still love it though!