#182 Ugly & Tacky
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Not just ugly sweaters…
If you’re going to go all out with tackiness this Christmas, besides the ugly sweater you can wear matching pajamas & outrageous slippers, too.
Not just for humans, either
Everyone wants to get into the act. Dogs, cats, even dinosaurs. This animatronic T‑Rex got into the Christmas spirit at the Natural History Museum in London. See full size photo & read the article by Maria Cramer in the New York Times. Image: Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Who started this tradition, anyway?
The following facts are excerpted from these interesting articles:
Christmas sweaters have been around a long time, but they haven’t always been ugly
The first “official” Ugly Sweater Day was in 2002 to raise money for a friend’s cancer treatment
Ugly sweaters have been around for as fashion itself. They weren’t always made purposefully — maybe someone made a mistake in their knitting or something.
Mass market ugly sweaters made their purposeful debut in the 80s. Bill Huxtable (Bill Cosby) made them popular on The Cosby Show, then Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) added his own twist in 1989 with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Ugly sweaters went out in the 1990s until two men from Vancouver threw the first official tacky holiday sweater party to raise money for their friend’s cancer treatment. The rest is history, spreading far & wide like an ugly (but fun) fashion statement.
There’s a National Ugly Sweater Day (of course)
Every third Friday of December (December 17), people dress ugly & tacky on National Ugly Sweater Day. Read the history of this day at nationaltoday.com as well as details about these statistics:
23% of people will buy an ugly sweater
9% of people have celebrated
Uglychristmassweaters.com made $5 million
& even an Ugly Christmas Sweater store
Grandma won’t make an ugly sweater for you? Take a cyber sleigh ride to
for your own personalized, custom, or off the ugly rack sweater. Be the most unfashionable guest at your next Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.
Sweaters may be ugly & tacky, but may your holidays be classy & happy
Production notes for #182 Ugly & Tacky:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator
Text: Chaz just took up knitting
Ampersand: Berlin Sans (shape model for artwork)
Illustrations: depositphotos.com (modified)
T. Rex photo: Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
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Chaz DeSimone is the creator of AmperArt and owner of Desimone Design. He was adding serifs to letters when he was just a little brat scribbling on walls. Now he’s a big brat and his entire career is design, so long as each project requires the most sophisticated, logical, captivating results. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project, pick his brain, or just talk shop.