The humble band tee. We’ve all seen them, we all want one. Whether it is the band you adore or you’re just in it for the graphics; they’re trendy, cool, COMFY and collectible.
We have an awesome collection of vintage band t-shirts on our website which you can go and check out, but first a bit of history. T-shirts themselves didn’t really become popular until the 1950s and 60s, when they were popularised as an everyday item of clothing as opposed to undergarments.
Apparently, Elvis Presley was one of the first musicians who had t-shirts printed and sold with his face/brand on (by fans originally), but this sparked a trend quickly adopted by many of the big bands of the time. Merch contributes a considerable amount to a musician’s income, so you can see why many artists would have quickly jumped on the bandwagon, so to speak.
It’s not surprising how popular the t-shirts became, here was a way to showcase the band you loved, immediately single yourself out as part of a group who liked the same things, and more than anything, have a great piece of memorabilia! The value of some of these t-shirts nowadays is astounding, one tee from the Led Zepplin Knebworth gig went for $10,000 dollars in 2011. If nothing else, a band tee could be a great investment.
Here are some of the best from our website right now: