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Wednesday, Aug 22 2007
The T-shirt, once a lowly undergarment worn by the armed forces, has come a long way, baby. Alternately a vehicle for personal politics, a billboard, or an art canvas, the T-shirt may, indeed, be the most prominant and controversial piece of underwear-turned-outerwear since the codpiece. The current world record for most T-shirts worn at one time is held by Aaron John Waltke of Bloomington, Ind., who managed to don 160 of the suckers at once. If you plan to try and break that record, Space Gallery's Third Annual Graphic Content T-shirt Show is probably not the place to start. These are T-shirts you'll want to protect from over-stretching. Every year, the gallery invites local artists and designers to submit their "wearable art" -- much of it one-of-a-kind -- and opens the doors for a frenzied party/reception. Last year's show featured more than a thousand T-shirts, at prices ranging from $1 to $100 (the average shirt runs $15, the gallery says). The artists receive 90 percent of the sale price. Just think -- we may be living in the Golden Age of T-shirts! Get your piece of machine-washable history today, and support an artist while you're at it.
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