WEAR ME OUT
Iconic rock tees
by KOD Staff
2013 marks one hundred years since the introduction of the T-shirt by the US Navy to hide sailors’ chest hair. 50 years ago, savvy merchandisers decided to stick bands names on them and sell them at gigs as a cheap souvenir. In the decades since, millions have worn them to identify and be identified with the bands they love.
Run DMC: The "Run-DMC" logo has become a classic example of design.
The Sex Pistols: The Pistols first used the Union Jack on posters for their debut single in 1976. The distressed flag was also worn on stage, becoming synonymous with the burgeoning Punk movement.
Who The Fuck Is Mick Jagger? Keith Richards donned this tongue in cheek t-shirt in 1975 for the Rolling Stones' Tour of America.
Led Zeppelin Zoso T Shirt: Worn here by Jimmy Page, the meaning of the mystical Zoso shirt has never been fully explained.
Nirvana: The ubiquitous ‘happy face’ was allegedly influenced by the logo of a strip club called “Lusty Lady” located in the band’s hometown, Seattle.
Aerosmith: Made famous by the father of geek chic, Garth Algar, this classic T-shirt is a must-have for both fans of Aerosmith and of Mike Myers ‘90s comedy hit, Wayne's World.
CBGB: World famous CBGB was a music club in the East Village that became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. Its classic logo has entered into popular culture as a symbol of NY Punk music.
The Rolling Stones: The famous ‘Tongue and Lips’ lick was designed in 1971 by John Pasche, and was directly influenced by Jagger’s famous kisser.
The Clash: In Milan, in 1981, Joe Strummer wears a Clash t-shirt. The band was anti-establishment and fans who wear the t-shirt align themselves with 70's punk rebellion.