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2003/147/4 T-shirts (5), RAT party, featuring printed designs by Billy Yip, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1988. Click to enlarge.

Five t-shirts ‘RAT party’ designed by Billy Yip.

Made by Yip, Billy in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1988.

During the 1980s in Sydney’s inner-east, a series of more than 35 parties organised by the Recreational Arts Team (RAT) formed a key element of an emerging subculture. The core of the self-styled Recreational Arts Team was Jac Vidgen, Billy Yip and Reno Dal. Vidgen, an energetic party-thrower who had come to Sydney from Brisbane, became the de facto promoter and organiser of these so-called RAT parties. Yip was an artist with a wildly creative imagination who developed well co-ordinated themes a...

Summary

Object No.

2003/147/4

Object Statement

T-shirts (5), RAT party, featuring printed designs by Billy Yip, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1988

Physical Description

T-shirts (5), RAT party, featuring printed designs by Billy Yip, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1988

Short sleeved t-shirt made of white cotton jersey. The front is screen printed in orange and blue with a graphic of a bird with outstretched wings, there are a number of small human silhouettes in the top part of the bird and in the tail is a graphic of a Japanese woman wearing a kimono, 'ERATCIPATION' is printed in blue beneath the bird. Printed in black on the back are the words 'RECREATION ARTS TEAM RAT PARTY'. The t-shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Short sleeved t-shirt made of white cotton jersey. The front is screen printed in black with a couple of large blow flies at the shoulder and the words 'RECREATIONAL ARTS TEAM RAT PARTY'. The back is printed in orange, black and blue with a graphic of a child's head surrounded by an orange ring rising from an orange and black block containing tribal and religious imagery. The word 'SUPERATURAL' is in orange and black above. The t-shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Short sleeved t-shirt made of white cotton jersey. The front is screen printed with two large rats in red carrying serviettes and cutlery, the words 'EAT.RAT A PARTY IN AID OF ETHIOPIA HORDERN PAVILION, SATURDAY SEPT. 10TH, 9PM TILL DAWN WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD!!!'. Printed in black on the back are the words 'RECREATIONAL ARTS TEAM RAT PARTY'. The t-shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Short sleeved t-shirt made of white cotton jersey. The front is screen printed in pink, green and blue showing a rat wearing a rocket backpack riding a motorised scooter, he carries a flag with the words 'RAT PARTY' on it. The words 'RAT ON THE ROAD AUSTRALIA'S FIRST TRAVELLING DANCE PARTY!' are under the image. Printed in pink on the back are the words 'RECREATIONAL ARTS TEAM RAT PARTY'. The t-shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Singlet made of white cotton jersey. The front is screen printed in purple, yellow, orange, grey and black with a rat and '1987'. Printed in black on the back are the words 'RECREATIONAL ARTS TEAM RAT PARTY JJJ logo'. The singlet is machine sewn and unlined.

Marks

Superatural t-shirt: white fabric label inside centre back neck 'SIZE: 44/100% COTTON/PEACOCK BRAND/MADE IN CHINA...care instructions on reverse'.

Eatrat t-shirt: white fabric label inside centre back neck illeg.

Travelling t-shirt: white fabric label inside centre back neck illeg.

Singlet: white fabric label inside centre back neck 'SIZE: 40/100%/COTTON/PEACOCK BRAND/MADE IN CHINA...care instructions on reverse'.

Production

Notes

The t-shirts were made by various manufacturers and decorated with designs by Billy Yip in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Jac Vidgen, Billy Yip and the Recreational Arts Team, 2003

Acquisition Date

17 October 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

Five t-shirts 'RAT party' designed by Billy Yip. 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2019, <https://ma.as/319666>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/319666 |title=Five t-shirts 'RAT party' designed by Billy Yip. |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=23 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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