A pink taxi

A pink taxi

December 9, 2011

TShirt Culture

"She wears short skirts, I wear tshirts" sings Taylor Swift.

My first personalized tshirt was yellow with a bird sticker glued on the front and my nickname YAYA, a name my nephew still calls me to this day, plastered on the back. I still have today, another personalized tshirt that my mother saved for me, with my name on the back. Even my sons have accepted to wear it for sentimental reasons.

As a teenager, I selected the imprint of a lipstick mouth on a white tshirt with a small Georgetown inscribed on it as a favorite that I wore in the 80s. I have not grown up, still wear tshirts to this day, while women my age prefer blouses.

Ofcourse I have a collection of preppy collared t-shirts, mandatory for golf, but also worn off the golf course. I have inherited the vintage Lacostes of my dad, from the eighties. There is something French, perhaps sentimental, about wearing the crocodile tshirt.

T-shirts are statements. I sport Madonna tshirts in allegiance, wear the flag of France during World Cup. I think its fun to wear Ed Hardy because Madonna wears them and he is a French designer after all. I have a preferred blinged geisha my husband gifted me.

I love the (Red) collection by the Gap because its for a cause and it has a poetic message, frequently an adjective: my favorite one is CULTU(RED), a goal I strive for daily. Not to mention the more "snobby" tshirts by Zadig and Voltaire claiming that ART IS A WORD or ART IS TRUTH.

My favorite tshirt remains a Norma Kamali gray with the effigy sticker of a large black winter tree. I wear it as a lucky charm.

And finally, there are the Petit Bateau, in their simple cotton bold colors, their recognizable round collars. I wear them with sentimentality, a reminder of the striped pink Petit Bateau undershirts of my childhood.


  1. A grandson coveted No.11,so I designed it in gold with a black background. Another's first words were " Not Yet", so I intend to have it inscribed for him when he visits in Christmas. Young talents in Beirut and Amman have worked on playing with Arabic words and saying them in English ,like "Wazafak" which in Arabic means: did you get the job? T shirt graffiti is a flourishing business with a statement to go with it.

  2. I was the first to coin the term Ya Ya. It's only natural my son follows in my footsteps.

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