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Rock & Roll T-Shirts – more than just fashion statements

Posted in Art, Fashion, Graphic design, Music by stylecouch on August 23, 2009

Launched in 2005, Worn Free is a rock and roll T-shirt label with a simple mission: to resurrect the coolest shirts of all time. Worn Free reproduces original tees famously worn by such rock legends as John Lennon, Joey Ramone, Frank Zappa, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Gram Parsons, Johnny Ramone and Joan Jett, among others – and regularly adds fantastic new images (of fantastic old shirts) to its catalog. Celebrating punk fury, hippie utopianism, psychedelic excess and art-pop whimsy – not to mention the eye-popping graphics of celebrated artists like John Van Hamersveld – Worn Free shirts express the insurrectionary spirit of rock and roll in all its forms.

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Emblazoned with slogans and images that form a secret history of cool, Worn Free T-shirts aren’t just fashion statements – they’re cultural signposts, part of a revolutionary past that laid the groundwork for modern pop culture … which makes them every bit as relevant today as they were in the turbulent, boundary-smashing ’60s and ’70s. That’s why you’ll see Worn Free shirts adorning today’s trendsetters – like Jennifer Aniston, Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher, The O.C.’s Mischa Barton, new Superman Brandon Routh, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols, “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), buzz band The Kaiser Chiefs, rising star Sienna Miller, country phenom Keith Urban, Heather Graham and many others.

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About the Ramones:

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When the Ramones hit the scene in 1974, people didn’t know how to take them, despite the fact that they weren’t really doing anything new. Essentially, the band was taking ‘50s and ‘60s pop music, but playing it much louder and faster. They were taking the music that influenced them, and in turn, helped to create and influence the American (and international) punk scene forevermore. When the band formed, he said, “I stopped listening to everything.” Johnny’s “Chatterbox” T-shirt gives props to the New York Dolls’ single of the same name, taken from the band’s second record, “Too Much Too Soon.” Johnny was wearing the T-Shirt as was on a concert in Denmark 1977.

You can get it at lostpropertee.com

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