Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Concert T-Shirt Etiquette
I also bought this Against Me! t-shirt at Value Village for $1.99. Against Me! isn't my favourite band in the world, but I just had to rescue it from the pits of thriftdom. I always shudder to think about what happens to cool clothes I see in thrift stores and decide not to buy. Like the Flinstones t-shirt I mentioned a few posts ago.
Anyhow, buying a band t-shirt reminded my of this hilarious article on 'Concert T-Shirt Etiquette'. Who knew?
1. When wearing another bands t-shirt, try to keep the same genre or influence.
2. The ironic concert t-shirt is the big exception. If you wear a Culture Club or Michael Bolton t-shirt to a Cure show you will get many compliments.
3. There is a sliding scale of the obscurity of the band vs. the genre.
for example: A Tapes ‘n Tapes shirt could be worn to any rock show.
4. When wearing a old concert t-shirt to a newer tour by the same band, it is prefered to wait at least eight years. too soon will show you to be lame, but to follow this guide will give you street cred as a long time fan.
~It should also be noted that a shirt purchased off EBay can break this rule, therefore a stain or hole of some sort is required.
5. It is also a violation to wear any shirt of any band members former band or side project to the current incarnation of that band members show.
6. It is a violation to wear the shirt you just bought at that same concert. Especially when it is over whatever you had on before.
7. You may not wear a new concert t-shirt for 2 weeks (especially the next day)
~The exception to this is when you saw a show out of town and wear the shirt at home the next day.
8. It is a violation to wear a concert t-shirt you purchased from the band at a second show on the same tour.
9. No Beatles, Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix t-shirts, unless you actually went to one of their concerts.
10. It is a violation to wear a concert t-shirt that has been signed by any member of the band.
Honestly, SO FUNNY. I completely agree with #9. I hate seeing 12 year olds walk around in Jimi Hendrix or The Doors t-shirts that their mommies bought them at Bluenotes. I always break rule #6, though. Its almost a status symbol of coolness to wear your concert t-shirt the day after. Oh, and I definitely broke rule #1 when I wore a Bad Religion t-shirt to a Coldplay concert. (My friend made me go, I swear.)