How to wear your concert t shirt
On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I forced my boyfriend to drive me to literally every single vintage store in the entire city until I found exactly what I was looking for. Could I tell him what that "thing" was beforehand? Absolutely not. "When I see it, I will know." Such goes the mercurial activity of thrifting.
Well, I saw many many things that once setting eyes upon, I knew I had to have them. A vintage tweed Chanel suit jacket, cropped perfectly for my bracelet wrists; a vintage Armani jacket that I truly believe belonged to Clair Huxtable; a Chanel bag (a few Chanel bags); Levi's jeans; Souvenir jackets with moth holes the size of my life that cost five-thousand-dollars, meaning you'd probably get 1-2 wears out of them before they completely disintegrate; and alas, the hundred-dollar concert t-shirt, looking exactly how you would expect, thirty years after the concert.
I came home with none of the above, FYI.
But the items that stuck with me the most were the ridiculously exorbitant original concert tees. Some of them hung precariously on a clothing rack, looking as though the dead spirits of their wearers slithered in and out of them as you perused. Others were mummified in big glass cases to stop further decay. Obviously the better the band, the more valuable the t-shirt. And any band whose members were all dead? They weren't even allowed to be viewed by another human being straight on, but dangled above the ceiling in bulletproof boxes like the Mona Lisa.
I, too, have an original concert t-shirt. It's not from Woodstock or anything but The Black Keys concert here in Toronto, maybe five years ago? Here's my plan. I'm going to wear the shirt ONE LAST TIME and then encase it in gold and bury it in my parent's backyard. I'll leave a note to my children in my will giving them exact instructions on how to unearth it, years later. Or even better, pass onto their children and so on and so forth until either nobody cares or we can resell it for one million dollars.
My spirit will be slithering all over the place!
If you have a concert t-shirt lying around that you forgot about, I encourage you to bring it back into circulation! I love concert t-shirts with cutoff jeans, leather pants or even just bikini bottoms.
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