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More on band T-Shirts August 20, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Still, there was another report in the Guardian about how those wearing the shirts often don’t have any affiliation or even knowledge of a group. This, of course, explains all those Kiss T-Shirts in ALDI last year.

I used to feel a bit uneasy about band T-Shirts. I never felt entirely comfortable wearing them, it seems like too overt a statement of attachment and an oddly exclusionary one. And yet, and yet, as time went on I’ve softened a bit. The thing is where to wear them? Gigs? Not a chance. Festivals. Urghhhh… Daily wear? Seems a waste.

Here’s a quote from the piece…

If someone in their teens sees these T-shirts as fashion statements, those in their 30s and beyond are more likely to view one as statement of identity, like wearing football colours. I am 39 and have six band T-shirts, all for bands or musicians that I love: Prince, the B-52s, Larry Levan, Hot Chip and – yes – New Kids on the Block. I tried – and failed – to buy a Frank Ocean T-shirt at his recent Lovebox gig. I am also the proud owner of a Beyoncé “I Got Hot Sauce in My Bag” tote bag. The idea of wearing something with the image of, say, Phil Collins or Green Day or Lorde – none of whom have ever featured on my Spotify account – for purely aesthetic reasons is an alien concept. No judgment, but I would feel like I was faking it. And I work in fashion.


Steve Birnbaum, 35, sees both sides. The documentary film-maker set up Band of Shirts, an Instagram account documenting people wearing band T-shirts in New York, two years ago, with captions telling the stories behind their T-shirts. He says he encounters more and more young people “wearing T-shirts but they’re not a fan of the band. I don’t censor [what they say] and feel bad sometimes; they get abuse online for wearing the shirt.” He says he understands why people feel so strongly. “Music is so personal so if someone doesn’t know the reference it feels disrespectful to you,” he says. “If someone is wearing a punk T-shirt but knows nothing about Misfits, it comes down to being a poser. Some people have punk as their lifestyle – no wonder they’re angry.”

I get that, but then again, uniforms of any kind can be constricting.


1. dublinstreams - August 20, 2017

What about wearing music/image tshirts over the age of 40?


Dr. X - August 20, 2017

I saw a German lad who must have been sixty if he was a day wearing a U2 Joshua Tree t-shirt this afternoon.


dublinstreams - August 20, 2017

obviously bad taste then.

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2. Lamentreat - August 20, 2017

There was a sudden wave of Ramones t-shirts a year or two ago that was surely pure fashion-driven: American Apparel or someone like that must have bought up the rights. My reactions went quickly from outraged to slightly apathetic to genuinely apathetic. Some battles are just lost.

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3. roddy - August 20, 2017

What about those wearing Che T shirts who would literally shit themselves if they knew the realities of Guerilla warfare.


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