8 Nov 2017

The Band T Shirt*


There's no debating that band t shirts are a staple in pretty much everyone's wardrobe these days, right? The concept of a band t shirt has such a rich heritage and stretches back to Elvis Presley's record company producing a t shirt as a promotional tool for four of his singles which then led to a flurry of artists creating their own merch including The Beatles and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, who had arguably one of the most iconic tees even to this day.

Fast forward 50+ years and it's still a huge part of the music/fashion crossover. In recent years we've seen Metal tees become increasingly popular with merch from the likes of Slipknot, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Metallica being readily available from outlets such as EMP. Kanye even used the Metallica font for his Yeezus merch! The band tee has also filtered into high end fashion in recent years when Raf Simons used Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover and Vetements released a Snoop Dogg tour tee for $920 (the world is crazy).

The trend is something I've been invested in for a long time, with a tee from The Specials being my first band tee. Since then I've gone on to pick up tees of The Streets, Lil Wayne, The Smiths, ASAP Rocky & Tyler and Jamiroquai.

There seems to be a lot of animosity with people wearing tees of bands that they don't listen to which I kind of understand to an extent, but on the other hand it's just a t shirt, isn't it? With that being said I don't think I could personally wear a tee of a band that I don't know purely because I'd live in fear of being called out and I know my stupid nervous self would collapse under the pressure!

This post was sponsored by EMP

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