There seems to be an urgent need deep in our psyches to let others know what is important to us and what precepts we live by.

Professional writers, from novelists to journalists, have a corner on this market, but that doesn’t matter to Joe Blow, the truck driver, or Jasmine, the yoga instructor, who find a way to unleash their feelings and philosophies upon the world through the emblazoned words on their extensive T-shirt collections.

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