Vintage T-shirts have been a North American fashion icon since the fighter pilots returned home from WWII wearing them decorated with war slogans as normal weekend attire. Often the pilots stationed in South Pacific during the war would mark up their undershirts that they wore under their normal uniform with all types of pictures and slogans. When they returned home many of the pilots continued to wear their marked up t-shirts around the house or out with their pals. This was during the 1950’s, the era of Ozzie & Harriet and Leave it to Beaver, at the time if you wore a undershirt without a dress shirt over it you were considered a rebel, or a derelict.
As time passed the T-shirt became a symbol of freedom, everyone from bikers, rockers, surfers and more began to make the t-shirt a part of their everyday wardrobe.
The following collection of images from THE SELVEDGE YARD show different rock stars and their fans from the 70’s wearing an assortment of different t-shirts with different sayings that prove that prove that sometimes a tee says it better
ca. 1970s --- Roadie Wearing <no Backstage Passes> Tank Top --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS
Deadhead Wearing Cannabis Shirt --- Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS
Kieth Richards wears a t-shirt asking Who the Fu*k is Mick Jagger
ca. 1972 --- An apparently unhappy Rolling Stones fan wears a t-shirt that reads, "I Need the Stones to Keep Me Happy," at a Rolling Stones concert. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS
ca. 1979, Toronto, Ontario, Canada --- Rolling Stones Fans at Concert --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS
28 Aug 1979, USA --- Country musician Hank Williams Jr. wears an "if you ain't a cowboy, you ain't shit!" T-shirt. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS
Ronnie Van Zant with the 'key to the city' given to him by the Mayor of Jacksonville seen hanging around his neck, ca. 1970s. Ronnie's t-shirt is even more notable-- Who the F*ck are the Rolling Stones anyway?
September 1982, Glen Helen Regional Park, California, USA --- Concert Promoter Bill Graham --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS
ca. 1979 --- Rock musician Ted Nugent wears a t-shirt which reads "can Ted Nugent survive in a John Denver world?"--- Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis
1979, Marin, California, USA --- Members of the rock group Grateful Dead are Bill Kreutzman (striped shirt), Jerry Garcia (black shirt and jacket), Mickey Hart ("God is Sound" T-shirt), Phil Lesh (white T-shirt), Bob Weir (Duke sweatshirt), and Brent Mydland. --- Image by © Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS
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