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Iceni Magazine | July 14, 2020

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These are the top 50 most iconic t-shirt designs of all time

These are the top 50 most iconic t-shirt designs of all time

The Rolling Stones ‘tongue and lip’ logo is the most iconic t-shirt design of all time, according to a poll.

The famous motif was created in the 1970s and was said by designer John Pasche to resemble Mick Jagger’s own lips and capture the band’s rebelliousness.

It beat off competition from the well-known silhouette of Che Guevara, which came in second, and the popular Hard Rock Cafe logo in third.

The Nike ‘Just Do It’ motto bearing the famous Nike ‘Swoosh’ placed fourth.

The research of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned by Day2 [] dry wash, a dry shampoo for clothes.

A spokesman said: “Our research has shown we’re a nation obsessed with tees.

“Since the US Navy first wore them under their uniforms in the 19th century, they have become a staple in our wardrobes, and our lives.

“But while it’s clear we have an emotional attachment to them, we were surprised to find that so many Brits will actually go out and buy a new t-shirt because it’s easier than washing one they already own.”

Also appearing in the top 10 were the Superman S logo, the 1980s ‘Frankie Says Relax’ design popularised by the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the classic ‘I Heart NY’ print.

Other popular t-shirts include the triangle refracting light, also seen on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and the Batman logo.

The yellow smiley face beloved in rave culture, Harley Davidson’s logo and the classic ‘…and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ design also feature in the list.

The study also found Brits typically buy five new tees a year and wear their favourite on average five times a month.

These are the top 50 most iconic t-shirt designs of all time

However, one in six admit to buying a completely new t-shirt on occasion rather than washing one they already own.

A third of those polled, via OnePoll, said their t-shirts hold lots of important memories for them and 36 per cent feel sad if they have to get rid of one given to them by a loved one.

One in three still wear their favourite t-shirts even when they have holes in or are damaged.

Men are the most sentimental about their beloved tees with a quarter never throwing them away – no matter how old they get – compared to less than a fifth of females.

It also emerged the average Brit typically wears a t-shirt only twice before washing it and put an average of three washes of clothing on per week before spending 43 minutes a week doing the ironing.

The spokesman for Day2 added: “Day2 is the perfect solution to our laundry dilemmas, transforming a creased tee that’s been left on the chair-drobe into looking just-ironed, feeling just-washed and smelling fresh in minutes.

“Beyond that, it’s helping to banish that throwaway attitude to clothes that’s being fuelled by the rise of fast fashion, encouraging consumers to re-wear, wash less and show their clothes some love.”


1. Rolling Stones ‘tongue and lip’
2. Che Guevara
3. Hard Rock Cafe
4. Nike tick/Just Do It
5. Superman
6. Adidas (with stripes on the sleeves)
7. Frankie Say Relax
8. Mickey Mouse
9. I ‘heart’ NY
10. Coca Cola
11. Batman
12. Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon)
13. FCUK (from early 2000s)
14. Union Jack
15. Yellow smiley face
16. Harley Davidson
17. AC/DC
18. Nirvana (smiley face)
19. Star Wars
20. Peace sign
21. Guns ‘N Roses (Appetite for Destruction)
22. Ghostbusters
23. Bob Marley
24. David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust)
25. Jack Daniels logo
26. “…and all i got was this lousy t-shirt”
27. NASA
28. Led Zeppelin
29. Choose Life
30. Pepsi logo
31. Ramones (presidential seal)
32. KISS
33. Planet Hollywood
34. John Lennon’s New York City t-shirt
35. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
36. Woodstock Festival
37. The Godfather
38. Chanel
39. Anarchy symbol
40. Gucci
42. FBI
43. Aerosmith (as worn by Garth in Wayne’s World)
44. Thundercats
45. Austin 3:16
46. Punisher skull
47. Transformers – Autobots
48. “Hello, my name is…”
49. Save Ferris
50. CBGB

Article By Rob Knight


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