#182 Ugly & Tacky

#182 Ugly & Tacky
#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

T Rex wearing Ugly Christmas Sweater

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 nation​al​to​day​.com as well as details about these statistics:

23% of peo­ple will buy an ugly sweater

9% of peo­ple have celebrated

Ugly​christ​mass​weaters​.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: deposit​pho​tos​.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 chaz@​desimonedesign.​com to dis­cuss your project, pick his brain, or just talk shop.

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