The Many Definitions of Art: What’s Yours?

While art is officially defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”, in truth, it has a different meaning to everyone. A subjective experience, art takes on many forms, whether it’s a painting, poem, or sculpture made of found sticks; if it’s significant to its creator, it can likely be called art. Considering we are lucky enough to surrounded by incredible art created by our community every day here at Threadless, we thought we’d ask the artists behind this week’s new tees their personal definition of art. Read on to find out their answers, and shop this week’s new tees here!


I define it as a form of self expression, a way to get all those little ideas out of our heads on to something tangible – whether it’s a canvas, wall, or a t-shirt. Everyone has their own opinion on what art is, and that’s what I love about it; there’s no rule book. – citizen rifferson, London, United Kingdom

“Nap Time, All The Time”

There’s no possible way to define art! Art is everywhere, you just have to open your eyes to it. – Nan Lawson, Los Angeles, CA

“Song Of The Llama”

Art is creativity. Build a snowman. Paint on stuff. Name your cat. That’s art. – Joel Robinson, Salem, Oregon

“Forbidden Love”

Art is the ‘universal language’ that everyone speaks. Through art we can communicate, no matter our native language, colour, religion, or origin. Through art, everyone can talk and be understood instantly. – Lucas Savelli Verdura, Capital Federal, Argentina

“Builder’s Downfall”

Anything that amazes people in one way or another. It doesn’t make sense to put boundaries on it or attach expectations to it; that just limits the ways you can be amazed. – Mathijs Vissers, Uden, Netherlands

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Shawn Gauthier

Content Manager & Writer at Threadless. Into the usual stuff like words and music and internet animals.