indie rock shirts, a personal catalog

Inevitably it happens. On the street or at work or at some social gathering: “What’s that shirt about?” “Oh, it’s a band.” This happens a lot.

Even after I pruned my t-shirt collection down by about a dozen shirts last year and earlier this year (and my parents chucking a few dozen when they moved last year), I still have far too many. And a lot of them are rock shirts. I like giving artists money and sometimes I already have their album so I’ll get their t-shirt. Or sometimes it’s just an amazing design and I really want it.

Anyway, I wanted to catalog my shirts here; these are all the music related shirts I have as of the end of September 2008. I didn’t do anything fancy to take photos of them, just hung them up on hanger and snapped a shot. And, yes, some of them are a bit wrinkled.

bands

  • shirt: Pedro the Lion w/ blurry blue photo
  • stock: white Hanes heavy weight 50/50, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert in Cambridge, Ma, 2001?

  • shirt: Soft Drugs circle
  • stock: grey American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: Undertow webshop, 2007?

  • shirt: Centro-matic hawk
  • stock: grey Gildman heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: at SxSW (Friends bar), March 2008

  • shirt: Laura Veirs, Saltbreakers
  • stock: blue/ navy American Apparel 3/4 sleeve baseball, M
  • when/ where obtained: concert, June 2007, Cafe du Nord

  • shirt: David Bazan, black cloud
  • stock: grey Gildman heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: Undertow webstore, March 2008

  • shirt: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane over the Sea
  • stock: grey/black American Apparel ringer, L
  • when/ where obtained: Orange Twin webstore, late 2003ish

  • shirt: John Vanderslice, army bag
  • stock: grey Fruit of the Loom Best, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, the Independent, May 2006?

  • shirt: Polyphonic Spree, the Fragile Army
  • stock: light blue/ black stiching Alternative Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Great American Music Hall, July 2007

  • shirt: Sufjan Stevens, Greetings from Michigan
  • stock: navy Fruit of the Loom heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Great American, July 2004

  • shirt: Headphones, wave forms
  • stock: blue, Gilden Ultra Cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Cafe du Nord, May 2005

  • shirt: the Grievance Committee
  • stock: Hanes Beefy-T, XL
  • when/ where obtained: made with ink jet transfer, summer 2000
  • note: unrealized band to be my post-rock outlet

  • shirt: Jeff Miller Something Different
  • stock: off white Gilden Ultra Cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: directly from the artist, 2006ish?
  • note: design continues on back

  • shirt: Superchunk Here’s to Shutting Up
  • stock: brown Gilden Ultra Cotton, XL
  • when/ where obtained: present from friend, 2003ish

  • shirt: Magnolia Electric Co., wheat
  • stock: brown American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: present from parents, August 2008
  • note: the Small Stakes’ Insound 20 design

  • shirt: Matt Pond PA maple leaf
  • stock: royal blue Fruit of the Loom Best, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Middle East Upstairs, March 2003
  • note 1: probably the most worn shirt in the bunch: the print is flaking and there’s a small hole
  • note 2: a green version of this shirt exists: a friend of mine has it and still wears it too

  • shirt: Seldom scallion (or windsock?)
  • stock: light blue Port and Company, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Cambridge, MA, 2002

  • shirt: Mountain Goats, Get Lonely Tour 2007
  • stock: black Fruit of the Loom Heavy Cotton, M
  • when/ where obtained: concert, the Independent, March 2007
  • note: Merlin Mann sold me this shirt

  • shirt: Or, the Whale, narwhal (version 1)
  • stock: light blue, American Apparel, :
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Great American, August 2007
  • note: apparently later runs of this shirt lacked the flourish above the lettering

  • shirt: Styrofoam, talk bubble
  • stock: bright green American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Cafe du Nord, June 2008

  • shirt: the One Am Radio, “Hrishi Hirway and…” headless man
  • stock: light blue American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Fort Oregon, June 2006?

  • shirt: Pedro the Lion, faceless lion
  • stock: navy Fruit of the Loom heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert, Slim’s, December 2004?

  • shirt: Sufjan Stevens Come on feel the Illinoise
  • stock: green American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: Asthmatic Kitty webstore, mid-to-late 2005

college radio

  • shirt: WMUC, “I Love WMUC”, cat
  • stock: brown Fruit of the Loom heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: present from friend, 2003?

  • shirt: WMBR, skyline
  • stock: light brown Gildan heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: yearly fundraiser webstore, early 2005
  • note: shirts were hand-screened at WMBR by DJs

  • shirt: WMBR vintage font
  • stock: green Fruit of the Loom heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: station, fall 2002

  • shirt: KZSU, 60th Anniversary Logo
  • stock: light blue Gildan heavy cotton, L
  • when/ where obtained: station, summer 2007
  • note: I was in charge of getting these printed

record labels/ record stores

  • shirt: Newbury Comics, shamrock
  • stock: grey Alternative Apparel vintage soft, L
  • when/ where obtained: Newbury Comics, July 2007

  • shirt: Barsuk Records logo
  • stock: blue/ navy American Apparel malange
  • when/ where obtained: Barsuk webstore, mid 2006?

music festivals

  • shirt: Noise Pop 13, 2005
  • stock: grey Fruit of the Loom Lofteez, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert (Polyphonic Spree), Bimbo’s, February 2005

  • shirt: Noise Pop 2007
  • stock: grey American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: concert (Ted Leo), Great American, February 2007

misc

  • shirt: I am a Record (Chinese)
  • stock: grey One Two Three, L
  • when/ where obtained: Hong Kong street vendor, October 2007
  • note: I had Chinese-speaking coworkers confirm this says “I am a record” before I would wear it.

  • shirt: Funkalicious
  • stock: navy Threadless, L
  • when/ where obtained: Threadless webstore, March 2007

  • shirt: knockoff Small Stakes Nada Surf
  • stock: green, unknown brand, M
  • when/ where obtained: Taipei street vendor, Shilin Night Market, September 2007
  • note: see also for more info

  • shirt: I am a rocker. I rock out.
  • stock: navy American Apparel, L
  • when/ where obtained: Diesel Sweeties webstore, May 2007



2 Responses to “indie rock shirts, a personal catalog”

  1. Aaron M says:

    I still rock the Soft Drugs and Headphones shirts almost weekly. You also reminded me to order the Magnolia Electric Co shirt from insound! You’ve quite the collection sir.

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