Who Invented It: Song Dynasty
Year Introduced: 960 AD
Screen printing dates back to China's Song Dynasty, before being adapted by other Asian countries like Japan and spreading to Europe in the 18th Century. Its proliferation was largely due to the availability of silk mesh. Around 1911, American screen printers Roy Beck, Charles Peter and Edward Owens produced the first photographic screens after much experimentation, then in the '60s artists like Andy Warhol popularized the method on pieces like his brightly-colored renditions of Marilyn Monroe. Decades later, every other streetwear brand would use it as the backbone of their business.