100 years ago, people did manual labor, and the lack of a tan was the sign of a person of leisure. Today, a good tan lets people know you have either the time or the money to earn it.
So what does a paint-splattered wardrobe say? That you have time to be creative? That you wish you had time to be creative? Either way, paint-splattered pieces aren't just for artists anymore. They're showing up in dozens of fashionable lines (and a few that aren't so fashionable), including Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, and even J Crew.