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The Top 5 Most Iconic T-Shirt Designs of All Time

There are a few simple things that can make a person happy. It could be a nice cold cup of lemonade on a hot summer’s day, a movie with a happy and wholesome ending, or a good walk in the park with the pets surrounded by family. Whatever it is, it is enough to make anyone smile.

Oh, I forgot one more thing... A good T-shirt design.

As years progress, a good T-shirt design can become timeless; even a piece of history. That’s the story for the 5 T-shirts below. What began as a simple design on a piece of scrap paper is now a work of art printed on a comfortable T-shirt for all to see.

What are the 5 most iconic T-shirt designs of all time? Let’s dive in!

1. The “Mickey Mouse” Tee

Above you’ll see the beloved animated character Mickey Mouse, otherwise known as Steamboat Willie. Mickey Mouse was created almost 100 years ago and since then has come to fame in all of our hearts.

No matter if you’ve been to Disney World or not, we have all seen this image at least once. With its age and popularity, it’s earned its spot as our #1.

2. The “I Love NY” Tee

Hailing from the Concrete Jungle, the “I Love NY'' T-shirt has made its way to being seen everywhere. A simple design that was first crafted on a piece of scrap paper in 1976, has now become truly iconic.

This masterpiece has made it from the mind of Milton Glaser to the big screen in movie theaters across the world, all the way back to our closets and dresser drawers on a T-shirt to be worn for years to come.

3. The “D.A.R.E.” Tee

In 1983, Daryl Gates founded what we know as “D.A.R.E.” An educational program to keep kids out of trouble and steer them toward making good decisions.

Well, someone made a phenomenal decision to put this design on a T-shirt and now they are available in stores and websites worldwide.

What a great idea and T-shirt design.

4. The “Superman” Tee

Superman, otherwise known as the Man of Steel, has stolen the hearts of people around the world. What began in a comic book published by DC Comics back in 1938 is now printed on the hearts of T-shirts of every color.

No matter your age, you know this design.

5. The “Coca-Cola” Tee

The last design on our list has brought many people together, created many memories, and quenched many thirsty folks.

The oldest and arguably most famous brand of all time, Coca-Cola, began in 1886. For the past 136 years, this design has not only made it into our refrigerators but also our clothing stores as a very popular T-shirt.

Why Not Create Your Own Iconic T-Shirt Design?

At 1StitchAtATimeShop, we can help you design and print custom embroidered shirts that could make it on a list as you see above.

No matter the idea, simply click Start Designing to send us what’s on your mind and we’ll begin the process.

We’d love to answer any questions you have and help make your idea come to life. While you’re at it, take a look at our past blog posts to see what else we’ve worked on to get some inspiration flowing. We’re excited to hear from you.

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