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.)


WendyB said...

Oh, what's the point of the t-shirt if you DON'T wear it the next day? :-)

Eli said...

All this red tape is exactly why I will never wear a band shirt ever.

the iron chic said...

In my mind, there is nothing ironic about a Culture Club t-shirt.

Jello on Springs said...

What I can't stand is when a person wears a band t-shirt to the bands concert and isn't even a huge fan. It really irks me but I think I'm still mad at the tall girl with the big curly hair who took my spot at this yyys concert, had their t-shirt and when Karen O came over and practically gave her the mic to sing along to one of their old songs she didn't know the words to it all. That should have been me. Grr. End of rant lol.
But seriously I love your skirt.

Ryan said...

Truer words have yet to be spoken.

Stararah said...

I don't own one band t-shirt. Of course, I don't really go to many concerts either.
I'm sure I'd break all of the rules if I did, though.

Sarah said...

I break number seven all the time. Usually the only time I ever wear concert tees is the day after the concert, and that's only because I'm either a)too hungover to put together an actual outfit and that's the most convenient or b) ridiculously excited still

Tru said...

very funny ive definetly broken some of those rules though

Hannah Cheeto said...

Whoops! I broke rules #6 & 7!

morgan said...

I love your new header picture!!!
yea...if I actually owned band tees.. Im pretty sure that I would not follow the rules!

Anonymous said...

IS there any rule regarding wearing your own band's shirt? Apart from not wearing it whilst playing a show?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for at least rocking small town Gainesville, FL with Against ME! :)