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Smiley Face - Happy Yellow Gold T-shirt

Smiley Face - Happy Yellow Gold T-shirt

$ 8.95

A happy smiley face is printed in large black silkscreen on top quality yellow gold t-shirt. The Smiley has travelled far from its early 1960s origins, changing like a constantly mutating virus: from early-70s fad to late-80s acid house culture, from millennial txt option to serial killer signature and ubiquitous emoticon. The Watchmen features the Smiley as a key symbol, like the homicidal clown, that staple of American horror movies: a great counter-intuitive twist that pits the vapidity of everyday affirmation against an overwhelming sense of doom. The classic Smiley arrived in the early 1970s. Within a perfect circle, there is the simplest, most childlike depiction of a happy face: two vertical, oval eyes and a large, upturned semi-circular mouth. The choice of yellow as a background colour was inspired: it's the colour of spring, the sun, a radiant, unclouded happiness. The comic book market made use of the image in a failed DC attempt from 1973/4 called Prez: First Teen President featured the first sinister use of the symbol in the figure of Boss Smiley.

  • Yellow Gold t-shirt for adults printed with a Smiley Face design
  • 100% pre-shrunk cotton
  • Officially licensed product; High quality silkscreen won't crack or fade

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