Repurposed to Remember: bands t-shirts

Repurposed to remember: band t-shirts

One of the issues being a music obsessive is that it has permeated several areas of my life. From the walls of my childhood bedroom to the clothes I wore, music has consumed me. Here’s to documenting some of the clothes.

Nowadays the band/artist/logo adorned clothing I wear is far less than in high school. With age and style maturity the majority of band t-shirts have fallen, casualties of adulthood. The saddest aspect of all of this is that I threw out or donated so many metal t-shirts prior to having this documentation revelation. I’m sad all the Pantera, Testament, Wolves in the Throne Room, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne, Fear Factory, In Flames, Tool and so many other t-shirts were long gone years prior to this post.

Though the shirts in this post no longer live in my basement, tucked away suffocating in tubs, they can live on through the internet. Every t-shirt in this post has been donated. Perhaps if you’ve visited the Goodwill in Richfield, MN you could be wearing my old t-shirt right now. It looks good on you. You look lovely today.

Thank you, David, for the inspiration.

Some of the metal years

Opeth - Still Life album cover t-shirt, 2009
Opeth - Still Life album cover t-shirt, 2009
Opeth - Still Life album cover t-shirt, 2009 (back)
Opeth - Still Life album cover t-shirt, 2009 (back)
Opeth - Blackwater Park, 2001 Tour, Logo t-shirt
Opeth - Blackwater Park, 2001 Tour, Logo t-shirt
Opeth - Blackwater Park, 2001 Tour, Logo t-shirt
Holy Grail, demon design from Crisis in Utopia tour, 2010
Holy Grail, demon design from Crisis in Utopia tour, 2010

Rhymesayers and Atmosphere

Rhymesayers Entertainment logo, 1998-1999
Rhymesayers Entertainment logo, 1998-1999
Rhymesayers Entertainment logo, 1998-1999 (back)
Rhymesayers Entertainment logo, 1998-1999 (back)
Atmosphere Midwest Music, 1998-1999
Atmosphere Midwest Music, 1998-1999
Atmosphere Midwest Music, 1998-1999 (back)
Atmosphere Midwest Music, 1998-1999 (back)

Doomtree

Since 2004-2005 I’ve been a huge Doomtree fan. Call it local love for hip-hop or just having good taste, I amassed a very large collection of Doomtree merchandise over the last decade. Here are the t-shirts that remained when the idea to photograph and donate them surfaced. I’m kinda of sad I could photograph the Cecil Otter, Hand Over Fist, and P.O.S shirts that I either donated or threw out due to bustedness.

I’m starting the Doomtree list with rarer, lesser seen, designs.

Doomtree, Owl Rat, 2007
Doomtree, Owl Rat, 2007
Doomtree, Deer Teeth, 2006
Doomtree, Ram Teeth, 2006

This ram design is an interesting timepiece because it lists out all former/founding members of Doomtree (minus Bobby Gorgeous). Tom Servo moved out of Minnesota and left Doomtree around 2004/2005, I think. Emily Bloodmobile is a known mystery, but not mentioned anymore. Turbo Nemesis is somewhere out there doing something awesome, I’m sure. MK Larada is designing up a storm.

Doomtree, Deer Teeth, 2006
Doomtree, Deer Teeth, 2006

This Deer design was gifted to me by Lazerbeak, I think. At the first Blowout I lost a t-shirt I purchased and Beak was nice enough to gift me a replacement. I don’t remember this design being on sale at shows – maybe it was a handful of test designs from BLK?

Doomtree, Wings and Teeth logo Blowout 2, 2006
Doomtree, Wings and Teeth logo Blowout 2, 2006
Doomtree, Freddie Mercury Stone Cold Crazy Wings & Teeth, 2-in-1 design, 2006 (outside)
Doomtree, Freddie Mercury Stone Cold Crazy Wings & Teeth, 2-in-1 design, 2006 (outside)
Doomtree, Freddy Krueger Claws Wings & Teeth, 2-in-1 design, 2006 (inside)
Doomtree, Wings and Teeth: The Art of Doomtree, 2010
Doomtree, Wings and Teeth: The Art of Doomtree, 2010
Doomtree, Wings and Teeth: The Art of Doomtree, 2010 (back)
Doomtree, Wings and Teeth: The Art of Doomtree, 2010 (back)
Dessa, portrait wings & teeth, 2006
Dessa, portrait wings & teeth, 2006
Sims, black ambigram logo, 2005
Sims, black ambigram logo, 2005
Sims, black ambigram logo, 2005 (back/side)
P.O.S is ruining my life, 2006
P.O.S is ruining my life, 2006
P.O.S is ruining my life, 2006 (back)
P.O.S is ruining my life, 2006 (back)
Sims, silver ambigram logo for Lights Out Paris 10th anniversary vinyl release, 2015
Sims, silver ambigram logo for Lights Out Paris 10th anniversary vinyl release, 2015
Sims, silver ambigram logo for Lights Out Paris 10th anniversary vinyl release, 2015 (back)
Sims, silver ambigram logo for Lights Out Paris 10th anniversary vinyl release, 2015 (back)

Miscellaneous

Saul Williams, Said the Shotgun to the Head, 2003
Saul Williams, Said the Shotgun to the Head, 2003
Antony & the Johnsons, I am a bird now, 2005
Antony & the Johnsons, I am a bird now, 2005
Antony & the Johnsons, I am a bird now, 2005 (back)
Antony & the Johnsons, I am a bird now, 2005 (back)
Bon Iver, Greetings From Bon Iver, Bon Iver, 2011
Chelsea Wolfe, black on black logo, 2013
Chelsea Wolfe, black on black logo, 2013