Some convey a casual, yet traditionalist message, as this classic Southern rock group does:
You can include a patriotic motif if you wish:
Also, your t-shirt can bear a cryptic, yet sensuous message:
You have to take the attitude that the band projected into account. Seriously, I would not have dated a guy that wore a Blink 182 or Insane Clown Posse t-shirt.
Wearing a Nirvana t-shirt can convey retro or old-fashioned attitudes. Typically, Nirvana t-shirt wearers wear bras and vote Republican.
There are some who wear t-shirts for polka bands. Are they individualists or just contrary? One thing for sure: he does impress the girls!
Wearing a band t-shirt for one of the new bands implies that you are current with music trends, and care deeply about new directions.
But respecting the classic bands wins favor with listeners in their 60's and 70's. Jim Morrison for Sainthood! Do you dare flaunt the iconic Rolling Stones' tongue? That's too hard core for me!
It's always impressive to show up wearing one of a rare or esoteric bands. Yes, this is a real one, a referring to a type of song mixing Hawaiian and English, I think.
Of course, a shirt for a Russian duo (T.a.T.u) in Russian makes for confusion. Is the wearer sympathetic to gays, knows Russian, or a secret admirer of Vladimir Putin? Most people would simply be confused at what seems to be nonsensical letters. For some, that is totally awesome!
But here's good advice to follow. Wearing a band t-shirt that you don't follow is like wearing a regimental tie while never having served in English regiment. Mark my words, poseurs are inevitably discovered as such.