Death to false everything

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Ok, so I could have lived withouth them skeleton hands, but apart from that? Cleen, crest-looking print that mocks the “trve” black metal elite – I have to say I rather like it. My hand kinda twitches in the direction of my credit card, but I’m under strict “buy nothing” restrictions at the moment so I guess I’ll have to wait and see until pay day. This is part of Shirts & Destroy‘s Trublack collection. Get it here.

Russian vikings

scaldBeing from Sweden, for me, shirts having anything to do with vikings is kind of a no-no. The only ones buying viking shirts in Sweden are tourists and closet racists (I’m sure there’s a few really nice rednecks too, but you get the picture).

This, however, is a shirt for long since defunct Rusian doom band Scald (a band I know nothing of, I can only hope they weren’t racists). I stumbled upon this design when googling other stuff and I must say I really like the cross between the vikings (and the runes) and the ornamental, middle east-feeling lettering at the top. Since I found this in a forum post for a Russian distro, made in 2008, I’m guessing your chances of buying this are pretty slim.

Gay for Satan

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What can I say? Holy crap, despite my shocking levels of straightness, I find myself wanting to wear this. I won’t say any more, because there’s little more to add. Good stuff, get it here.

Eken is dead

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Yeah, so, while browsing the blog of Weird, I came across this video and instantly spotted the red shirt pictured above. Since it was a Descendents rip off and since I couldn’t figure out quite what it said, naturally I went into obsessive mode. So now, after some googling, I can tell you that this is a shirt by the band Eken is Dead (don’t ask, I have no idea) and if you feel like it, you can listen to them (and, I assume, buy their shirts) at their facebook page. To be honest, I think the band sucks, but I like the shirt.

No one cares about your stupid fucking dog

stupid_dogFlying Coffin. Just because I don’t post about them all the time, doesn’t mean they stop doing cool things. I’d love to wear this shirt, dog owners do get on my nerves quite a bit. Sure, the design is very very simplistic, but in this case, it’s sufficient. Instagram commenters are already demanding a version that says “your stupid fucking kid”…

Second hand t-shirts – there’s a lot more to them than you’d think

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If you visit stores in Stockholm that sell second hand or even ‘vintage’ shirts, it quickly becomes apparent that someone is bringing in american shirts by bulk. There is just no way that so many used american shirts would end up here by themselves and even the scenario where a Swedish person would go on a buying bonanza, hitting every thrift shop in California, seems unlikely (not to mention not very cost effective). However, that’s where I’ve stopped thinking about it in the past, who cares, right? Well, the other day I stumbled upon this episode of a podcast I’ve been listening to lately, Planet Money, and if – like me – you’re interested in t-shirts, I think you would find it pretty interesting:

Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

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Not  only do you get an explanation to where these shirts come from and how they end up here, but you also find out what happens to all the other used shirts people give to charity – the ones that aren’t cool enough for european vintage stores. The episode starts with a story that actually sends shivers down my spine, and there’s a moment just after the 14 minute mark that made me whisper “nooooo!” to myself, but don’t worry – it’ll turn out ok in the end. Before you read anymore, listen to the episode, ok?

Great, you’re back. Good huh?

There’s a few thoughts I have on this:

* I bet you could find some really really cool shirts if you went looking in Africa and similar places. I remember a story about Swedish metalheads and die hard Iron Maiden fans Erik and Per Gustavsson (aka ‘bröderna hårdrock’ aka Hellbutcher and Tyrant) watching a documentary about some jungle tribe when they suddenly spotted a true collectors dream super rare Iron Maiden shirt that one of the tribe members were wearing. I doubt, however, that this method wold be financially viable.

* As someone mentions in the comments to the podcast, the thing that does not get mentioned in the episode, is what the flood of second hand clothing is doing to the domestic African clothes manufacturing industry. It’s not doing good things.

* It’s easy to laugh at the criteria the African vendors judge shirts by, it all seems kinda crazy. However, us Swedes are not much better. I see shirts for church bazaars and plumbing companies all the time when I look at what’s called vintage shirts here (and from what I’ve seen of the u.k, they’r not much better) – as long as it’s American, it’s cool. And band shirts… don’t get me started. I don’t know if it’s the Swedish vendors that can’t tell a true vintage band shirt from a cheap knockoff from 2004 or if they bet on customers not being able to tell, but for some reason they all seem to be going at the same price.

Anyway, Planet Money also did a five episode series on the global shirt economy – what goes into producing and exporting shirts. This may sound dull but I didn’t think it was. I may or may not write something about that series too, but there’s no real reason for you to wait for me to do so, right? You’ve got the link to their podcast archive above, go check it out for yourself.

Oh, and one more thing – and this is a big one. The Bat Mitzvah shirt mentioned in the story, the one with Betty Boop on it? The internet being the internet – the original owner of the shirt and the woman who’s Bat Mitzvah it was from – have now been identified and contacted. I love stuff like this!

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Night Watch

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You just have to love that logo! What is Night Watch? Go find out for yourself, but I guess it’s one of those things that grew. In this case it started as a low brow art zine and then got bigger. I have to admit I still haven’t read the actual zine, but my finger is caressing the buy button as the new issue (#5, the puke issue) was just released – it seems to have som fan-fucking-tastic artwork in it.

Not only do they make zines, Night Watch also has some merch, including shirts. The one above is dirt cheap at 10 bucks! The one below to the left is a pre-order shirt featuring the cover art of the puke issue and at 20 bucks, it’s not exactly breaking the bank either.

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Mixing Alfred E with GG Allin? Yes please!

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