Oh, the sixties. At times I lament the crazy shenanigans that, unfortunately, I was not alive to witness–one being the pop art movement that this rad Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground t-shirt commemorates. While it would have been fun to get on my soapbox and incite a cultural revolution of my own, this movement admittedly changed the artistic and cultural landscape more than my crazy and I ever could have. While I probably could do without this rubbish that humans allegedly landed on the moon (a transparent ploy used to boost morale that was probably filmed in a Hollywood studio), the changing conceptions of what art “is” or “is not” is a sight I would have liked to see, and maybe pick up custom tee like this while I was there. You know, because time travel is a hobby of mine, along with extensive psychic practices and being a squib.
The movement favored producing massive quantities of images traditionally used as advertising materials that were then re-contextualized as art. The American mass-market got a taste of its own medicine, which paved the way for all sorts of obnoxious, abstract questions: If it appears in a museum, gallery, or framed on someone’s wall, does that make it art? If it does not, does that mean it’s not art? If an artist belabors a piece for years, does that make it more “art” than an artist who spends a minute on a piece? Sometimes when I catch myself pondering the philosophical while staying at home on Friday nights staring at walls, I wonder what would have happened if Andy Warhol was still alive and we gave him a million t-shirts to print on, like this one. Would literally wearing American commercialism, acknowledging its prevalence over our lives change anything? Or would Andy Warhol think I’m a moron and screenprint a giant banana on my face? The image on this custom tee, one of the many images Warhol produced on a larger scale, was used for Nico and The Velvet Underground’s album cover. Honestly, I have no idea what on earth a banana has to do with The Velvet Underground. Who knows. They probably don’t even know. However...if I may...and maybe I’m attempting to make this way more meaningful than it actually is, but the design on this custom tee is part of a period of psychological change in relationship to art and the enigmatic instigator who brought it about, rather than just a cartoony banana. So, when someone comes up to you on the street and asks why you’re wearing a banana, just spout off some nonsense like that to shoo them away.
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