Informative, illuminating, insightful and erudite, Slogan T-Shirts: Cult and Culture is completely unique. Featuring interviews with a wealth of credible fashion insiders, cultural commentators and creative luminaries, from Holly Johnson (of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) to Katharine Hamnett, it offers a multi-faceted approach to the question of what makes the slogan T-shirt so rich, layered and culturally relevant... because slogans are never simply just words; they are emotive and evocative, suggestive and provocative.
Slogan T-Shirts: Cult and Culture explores the vast spectrum of slogan use on T-shirts; its function as a message delivery system; its expression as an artefact of language; and its role as an emblem of political, social, recreational and sartorial trends. The book unfurls as a cultural library of perspectives, nuanced positions and eclectic sources and each interview offers a cultural snapshot within the versatile framework of slogan T-shirt culture. The book also glances into the inner worlds, inside stories and mechanisms of those involved in fashion, design and the production of media.
Beautifully designed, visually seductive and packed with influential innovators from the last three decades, every page of this book is a source of inspiration.
Freelance writer, stylist and creative consultant, Stephanie Talbot has studied visual theory, screen theory and architecture at post-graduate and doctoral level. She also muses about life not far from her doorstep in East London - where she lives with her beloved dog - on her acclaimed blog, www.thehouseofneonweather.com.
Introduction Part One: Commentators: GLENN ADAMSON, The slogan T-shirt as a postmodernist device; SAM BULLY, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's use of slogans on T-shirts; PUNK with JON SAVAGE and JAMIE REID; SHEHNAZ SUTERWALLA, The slogan T-shirt as a site of resistance; DR MATTHEW WORLEY, The slogan T-shirt as a subcultural tactic; ERIC ROSE, Vivienne Westwood enthusiast; HOLLY JOHNSON, Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman; CHRIS SANDERSON at The Future Laborotary, The slogan T-shirt as a lifestyle tool; CHRIS COLEMAN at WGSN, The slogan T-shirt's relationship to trends and appropriation; JULIAN VOGEL at Modus PR, The slogan T-shirt as a marketing tool; NEIL BOORMAN, The slogan T-shirt's relationship to branding ; DANIEL PEMBERTON, Expresses a counter position; SCOTT MADDUX, The cult value of the slogan T-shirt; SIMON LEE at Simon Lee Gallery - The relationship between the slogan T-shirt and high art; LARISSA CLARK at Environmental Justice Foundation - The slogan T-shirt as a campaign tool; SHUMON BASAR - The slogan T-shirt as a political tool; HOWARD BESSER - Political slogan T-shirt collector; DR MATT COOK - The slogan T-shirt's relationship to queer culture; DR CLARE ROSE - The morals of language on slogan T-shirts; FIONA CARTLEDGE - 90s slogan T-shirt culture; PHILIP DE MESQUITA - Former Camden Market vendor and entrepreneur; ROBIN BENNET at A-non - The slogan T-shirt's presence on the festival circuit; MARK WIGAN - The slogan T-shirt's relationship to club culture; ROGER BURTON at The Contemporary Wardrobe - The vintage value of the slogan T-shirt; MICHAEL KOPELMAN at Gimme 5 - Stussy T-shirt; NAMALEE BOLLE at SUPERSUPER! - BOY T-shirt; NAVAZ BATIWALLA at Disneyrollergirl - Martin Margiela T-shirt; ALEX FURY and PAUL HETHERINGTON at SHOWstudio - discuss their downloadable T-shirt project; ZACHARY PULMAN - discusses the Tourist T-shirt; MATT SNOW - a visual chronicle of the screen-printing process Part Two: Designers; KATHARINE HAMNETT; BARNZLEY ARMITAGE; VEXED GENERATION; 6876; YMC; SCOTT KING; GERARD SAINT at BIG ACTIVE; EXPERIMENTAL JETSET; 2K BY GINGHAM; ANTONI AND ALISON; IAIN R WEBB; I LOVE BOXIE; CASSETTE PLAYA; KAREN SAVAGE; DR NOKI; JEREMY DELLER; IAN WARNER and OLIVER MILLER at SLAB Magazine; DELAY NO MORE; TOBY MOTT; TOPSHOP