Thursday, November 13, 2014

Band T-Shirts

While some deplore Millenials, Gen Xers, or even Boomers wearing band t-shirts, these have become a staple of casual wear for many individuals because they're inexpensive, hearken back to good times, and project some form of attitude or other.   It may helpful to provide the gentle reader with some clues as to how to interpret these shirts.

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. 


MarkD60 said...

My law is that the only place you can buy a band T Shirt is at the concert.

Sinner Bob said...

You are kidding about Nirvana fans, right?

Linda Kay said...

My hubby is into golf shirts with the logo of whatever golf club he visits. Funny that he always gets comments on them. We also have to have the latest ducks unlimited.

John Hill said...

Any band t-shirts that I might wear would just scream -- OLD GUY!

John Hill said...

Maybe -- cool old guy!

TexWisGirl said...

i was raised on polka music. no shirts, though. :)

John Hill said...

Never tried polka without shirts. Could be interesting.

Mike said...

I'm impressed by the amount of time you put in gathering all those pictures. As a prize how about I send you a Culture Club t-shirt with Boy George and his signature hat on it?

Chuck Bear said...

I'm glad Alabama Shakes is big enough now to rate a t-shirt.

Bilbo said...

The only band t-shirts I own are from Jimmy Buffett. I hear that Mike's band t-shirts have pictures of guys wearing animal skins and beating on rocks.

Anonymous said...

I have lots of U2 t-shirts, 2 x weddings parties anything, 1 x the cure, 1 x dick diver, 1 x soul asylum....I guess I like band t-shirts (all my other t-shirts are surf wear)

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the "key"

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Anemone said...

What about the Butthole Surfers? (areal group)