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Band t-shirts

Post by Jangloid Mark » Mon Apr 19, 2010 03:19

Back in the day, I bought a fair amount of band t-shirts...mainly at gigs. Back in the day, they were 6 or 8 quid, or 2.50 if you bought a bootleg outside.

Realising that a lot of my old band shirts are now faded (I threw a lot out recently), I've thought of buying some new ones.

Shirts for many of my current favourite bands are basically non-existant :(

There are shirts for the - for want of a better word - bigger bands I like do exist....but, having a look round tonight, the prices are astronomical. With postage, you're looking at 20 quid a throw - when did that happen?

This thread is meant as a general discussion on band t-shirts generally, but, I also ask...does anyone know of an online (or otherwise) shop that sells these things at an affordable price?

Also, what are your favourites? Which do regret not buying?
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Apr 19, 2010 07:21

I used to have one of those Ride 'Play' t-shirts when I was a teenager, that were actually quite pretty. I saw one going on ebay the other day for nearly £40, which is fucking mental.

I feel a bit old to be wearing band t-shirts these days. Don't ask me why.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by Pablo » Mon Apr 19, 2010 07:30

I worry about the whole band t-shirt/approaching middle age thing as well.

I don't think I'll let that stop me buying the Strangeways Here We Come shirt I've had my eye on for a while
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by caramarydaisy » Mon Apr 19, 2010 09:23

i always get band tshirts off band/label websites. im a bit funny about wearing them tho sometimes, no big slogans or names please.

i think my biggest crime to band tshirts is giving them away when i go thru a phase of thinking i wont wear them anymore. i did this with an old hefner tshirt (at the time was too small) and a b&s tshirt (too white).. and i regret doing it now as theyd both probably fit or be worn again!

i only have a couple at the moment - a lovely lilac mirah one with flowers, a grey tacocat speculum vest, a beige 'last nite the gossip saved my life' one, and three blow tshirts, grey 'hands', green 'sign language', and a bright green one with brown geometric stripes.
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Post by sweepingthenation » Mon Apr 19, 2010 09:47

I worked out doing a clothing audit last week that I have seventeen useable band T-shirts, most of them being just for show at festivals and all of which look faintly ridiculous on someone like me. At Latitude last year someone stopped me every day and took a photo of what I had on that day, for some reason.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by tompony » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:13

I'm not entirely sure what I would wear if I didn't have a good selection of band t-shirts. Maybe film jumpers or some kind of book vest.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by aorta » Mon Apr 19, 2010 21:52

I have the No Age shirt from the cover of the Get Hurt ep.

That's the best cover art; people who are not in the band wearing shirts that other people can purchase.
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by boney » Mon Apr 19, 2010 23:20

I've found the average band/label t-shirt to be just over a tenner... which given how much a fusspot I am is a godsend. I think the Weepop t-shirts were about £8.... I got a few Ghost Box (hauntological record label) t-shirts at £12.95 a pop. Deerhoof one import pack with a 7" for about £12 combined. I find it really cost effective.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by wyvern » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:51

Even though I had to pay £15 for a Primitives T-shirt last night, I still think they are good value compared to 'stadium rock wankers' T-shirts. You know what I mean. The best value I got were 3 Rolo Tomassi shirts for a tenner. Sale!
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by Damian » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:07

I've got 14, which considering I had 1 or 2 a few years ago, and I normally spend my money on beer and not t-shirts at gigs, is no mean feat. Some of them were giving to me though, but the rest probably cost a tenner or less, so not too bad.

My favourite is a Deidres dinosaur one, but the button came off the eye ages ago and I've not bothered to fix it yet.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by islandhopper » Tue Apr 20, 2010 21:38

I have a Deirdres ghost dinosaur t-shirt. Think I'll have to model it at indietracks this year!
I also have a Standard Fare one, a Tullycraft one with bats forming a heart (not as nice as the Tullycraft balloon t-shirt I lost in the great 3 minute indietracks travelodge flit of 2008 though), a Camera Obscura Let's Get Out of This Country one that I'm not all that fond of and an Edwyn Collins one from last year that's essentially one of his drawings of a grey heron, but is incredibly nice.
There's also old Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian ones that are sadly now too small to even contemplate wearing. I'd especially love to get back in the b&s one though - it was the maroon one with the outlines of two hipster figure (one smoking and the other giving the finger I believe).

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by indiansummer » Wed Apr 21, 2010 09:05

Wow, i've got a few. In fact i'm not sure i wear much else. Off the top of my head:

Shellac, Dinosaur Jr, Mission Of Burma, Shins, The Cost Of Living, The Tim Version/Dukes Of Hillsborough, Springsteen, Best Fwends, Party Garbage, Vivian Girls, Tokyo Adventures, Cat Power, J Church, The Fall, Bootleg Beatles, Built To Spill, Sleater-Kinney, Failures Union, Crocodile God (if yr own band's shirts count)... possibly more.

fuck, too many. I'm disappointed to acknowledge that i'll never ever fit into my Rocket From The Crypt t-shirt again. :(
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Post by indiansummer » Wed Apr 21, 2010 20:02

EEEK, i forgot to mention my Slayer and GWAR shirts! FOR SHAME
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Post by cupcake_love » Wed Apr 21, 2010 20:12

i don't have a lot of band t-shirts, but today i'm wearing my liechteinstein one. i love that a lot.
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by andyroo » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:49

Yesterday was the day I finally had to accept that my Shonen Knife t-shirt has finally become too threadbare to wear, even around the house.

A sad day for rock and roll.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:57

andyroo wrote:Yesterday was the day I finally had to accept that my Shonen Knife t-shirt has finally become too threadbare to wear, even around the house.

A sad day for rock and roll.
My J Church shirt is going the same way. :(

A sure sign that belt buckles and the backs of basses bring bad botheration to the t-shirts inbetween.
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by indiehorse » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:54

I used to wear nothing but band t-shirts. That was back when I wasn't very interested in clothes. Now I just like to wear things that look pretty.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Apr 22, 2010 13:02

My Super Furry Animals tee that I bought ten years ago (Mobile phone, with animal head, "SFA OK" and illuminous digital panel) is my all-time favourite. Fitted lovely up until a few years ago but sadly with weight gain ever since, now looks more like it's painted on me.

I still keep it as a weight loss incentive. One day... one day.
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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by carney » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:37

Just discovered the first hole in my ca. 2003 Camera Obscura t-shirt. Boo.

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Re: Band t-shirts

Post by tompony » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:40

If you can find the other two then you might even be able to put it on!

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