It marks a desire to be seen differently, but also to fit in; it signifies a split from your parents, but also a wish to be part of an alternative group of peers, even if you haven't met them yet. Iron-on transfer sheets should not be used with a laser printer, as it will melt the transfer. Pull one over your head and it points out an allegiance, however confident or timid the wearer. Set your iron to its cotton setting and iron your logo onto your chosen T-shirt.
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The idea of branding yourself with a musician's name wasn't new, according to Kugelberg. Band T-shirts were a later extension of that. The band T-shirt reveals contradictory impulses in its owner, especially when that owner is a teenager. It marks a desire to be seen differently, but also to fit in; it signifies a split from your parents, but also a wish to be part of an alternative group of peers, even if you haven't met them yet.
On our blog, Stevie Chick claims, tongue in cheek, that his T-shirts reveal "exquisite taste and enviable cultural nous"; Sarah Drinkwater confesses to using her Blur Mile End Stadium T-shirt to pretend she had attended the gig , when in fact she cried off at the last minute, afraid of her father's reaction if he found out she'd been; Andrew Denney was too scared to wear his Pet Shop Boys T-shirt, fearing it might mark him out in darkest Cheshire.
Kugelberg thinks T-shirts are status symbols. It's what brand you slap across your chest. More than anything, band T-shirts are about communicating hidden messages. In hindsight, I know how much meaning I inscribed to my Oasis Shakermaker T-shirt, worn to my first day at college, bought with paper-round money. Dick Hebdige's sociological classic Subculture: The Meaning of Style framed these feelings in academic lingo: That explains why band T-shirts are often embraced by alternative genres, and why after tie-dye, the rock T-shirt market was dominated by the black cotton of heavy metal.
The grunge boom did similar business, but irony also came into play, with naff logos of soft rock bands such as Boston worn as signs of self-awareness. Later, this trend was adopted by the mainstream, and soon band T-shirts trickled into high street fashion. David Beckham, at the peak of his turn-of-the-century fame, was pictured wearing a T-shirt bearing the Crass logo picked out in diamanté studs.
Here, T-shirts were simply the vehicles for the communication of a vague kind of "cool", unrelated to the messages the original wearers had wanted to convey. Sometimes, T-shirts would become better known than the band. Ramones probably sell a great many more T-shirts now than they did records in their heyday. Twenty years ago, it was James — thanks to a T-shirt with a flower on the front , and the band name spelled, letter by letter, on the body, sleeve and back.
James's singer, Tim Booth, knew why the shirts appealed. We'd been going for seven years; we'd only been played on John Peel. At their gigs, Booth would stare out at seas of the shirts. But [Sit Down] was all about people who felt like outsiders coming together — and that was what the T-shirt suggested, rather than what it said. But why do we still cling on to band T-shirts as adults? It's partly nostalgia, Kugelberg says, but it goes deeper than that. It's about using moments of our frivolous youth as comforters.
Gather up some rubber bands and prepare a shirt for the dye. First, wet the shirt and lay it flat. With your fingers, scrunch and wrinkle the fabric, gathering it into a tight disk. Wrap several rubber bands around the disk. The tighter you bind it, the more white there will be in the final shirt. The size of the dots on this shirt depends on the size of the beads or beans you use to make them. Gather a handful of plastic beads or dried beans. Cut plastic wrap into squares that are about four times larger than the beads or beans.
Place a bean or bead inside the shirt, then place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the shirt. Working with just the front layer of the shirt, wrap a rubber band tightly around the plastic- and shirt-covered bead or bean, as shown. Repeat to make more dots. Wet the tee before dyeing it. This spiral pattern shown on the yellow shirt will have you and your kids doing the twist. Choose a spot in the center of the shirt, between the armpits; with your thumb and forefinger, press down and twist the fabric clockwise.
Try to keep the resulting folds at approximately the same height, creating a shape like a flat cinnamon roll. Wrap the shape tightly with rubber bands, as shown. The tighter you bind the shirt, the more white there will be in the design. Tie-dye doesn't always mean groovy spirals and circles—you can make straight-line stripes, too.
Starting at one side, gather the tee to create accordion-like folds that run vertically from neck to hem. This circle shirt couldn't be simpler to create. At the center of the tee between the armpits, pinch just the top layer of the tee.
Pull the fabric up into a point, letting the rest of the shirt fall away. Smooth the fabric down evenly from your pinched point, creating a skinny cone shape. Wrap a rubber band tightly around it. Move the rubber-banded ring up or down to make the circle smaller or larger. For a wider line, wrap a few bands around the same spot.
Or create a bull's-eye by adding bands above and below the first one. Parents may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.
Photograph by Allie Cottrill. Pinterest Photograph by Allie Cottrill. Fill the bucket with 1 gallon of cool water. Even onesies look, um right on target, with this design. Lay T-shirt flat and fold accordion-style from bottom corner.
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