Cult Dressing: A Modern Take

Cult Dressing: A Modern Take

Saurabh Chhabra  |  22 May

Circa way before you were born; things were a stark contrast from the present day. Groups of people, congregations of ideas were referred to as ‘cults’. The idea behind cults was the plausible deniability of notions that strayed from the standards of societies. However, this did not stop the cultists from formulating the base for their beliefs.

Dressing according to your beliefs, has always been the way of mankind; it is the way humans have distinguished between types and thinking. The ‘KKK’ was easily recognizable for their white supremacy by their signature white-cone headgear and white gowns; this does not account for the horrendous nature of their cult. It is a neutral way of understanding that whatever ideal they might hold, a group of people with a similar goal, will always dress the same.

In the present day, cults have taken on a new name, groups or clubs, but the baseline remains the same. There is a cult/group for everything. It is not limited to the archaic ideas of witchcraft, satanic verses, and unacceptable Scientology groups. It is the up and coming way of interacting with people who share the same vision and ideas as you. Take for example the counter culture that emerged from the Beatnik Revolution, the generation that exercised ‘flower power’, known as ‘hippies’. These inhabitants of the 1960s propagated a style of dressing that is still prevalent in the 21st century.

Modern technology has done mankind a favour, dressing according to a belief or a group is as easy as taking a print out, literally. The present scenario, when it comes to groups and clubs, includes customised wearables, like t-shirts and hoodies, which represent the organisation. Printing technology and techniques are so advanced that designing a great custom t-shirt can be done seamlessly and quickly. A great custom t-shirt needs a group and a great group t-shirt slogan, and that’s all. A logo, a quote and a great creative design, and it can be made in a matter of hours.

Read on to know some creative t-shirt design ideas or youth group t shirts design ideas for your brand or collective.

Presently we can classify some modern day cults as follows:

  1. Biker Gangs: It is an age old tradition in every Hollywood movie to portray a group of bikers with leather jackets and their logos stitched on them. It is not just a wearable, but a lifestyle. There is much scope for creative t-shirt design ideas for bikers because this culture is an old one. Go for quotes like, ‘ride or die’, ‘some do drugs, others pop bottles, we solve our problems with wide open throttles’, ‘four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul’ etc. Being a biker group, there is no chance that there is no motto. Hence, the best way to go is getting your motto printed on the t-shirts along with the name of the member it must be worn by.
  2. Book Clubs: This isn’t a new thing either, for as long as literature has existed, so have book clubs. To take this age old tradition to the next level, getting customized wearable for the members is a great way to go. As group dressing up ideas go, the reach is endless, because literature is endless. Get a nice quote printed by the individuals’ favourite book/author, along with their names, to give your club the identity it needs, in a crowd.
  3. Martial Arts Groups: Martial arts is something every individual with a mind to be able to defend themselves, opts for. Fighting styles are as old as time, and their growing popularity in the present day is baffling. Some avenues to explore include Maui Thai, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, and Kali etc. Every art has its own culture and every art has its own instructions. However, it isn’t quoted that stand out in the crowd; it is the representation of the art itself by the collective, and there are enough custom t-shirt ideas for martial groups that will get the team in frenzy. Get your team logo printed on a custom t-shirt and represent what you stand for.

The age of information has softened the blow on cultist beliefs and organization, so name that group of yours and give it some clothing. The scope is endless.