Being a fan of musical artists is an active experience. You are never simply just a fan. Rarely do you simply sit there and mindlessly listen to their songs, bobbing your head along as you leave their albums on in the background while you write that paper or clean your apartment. If you love a band enough, you follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even Snapchat. You breathlessly await concert tickets to go on sale so you can snap them up the minute they are released.
And, of course, you buy their t-shirts. There are a myriad of different ones sold by various artists. The ones you choose to buy, no matter who you are, make a statement. Here are just a few of the most popular artists, and what wearing their band tees says about you!
The Bands and What They Tell Us About You
“I <3 Britney,” your shirt says? Well, “I’m an old-fashioned party girl who isn’t afraid to embrace my love of pop,” it says about you. Let’s be perfectly honest; everyone loves Britney Spears – but it takes a special kind of person to own up to their love enough to put it on a t-shirt and wear it proudly.
From her late nineties hits (that we still love to blast on road trips!) to her sultrier, more mature hits from the late 2010s, Britney Spears is the secret true love of all pop fans. A Britney baby tee is the perfect aesthetic to help you unashamedly own your love of one of this century’s most beloved singers.
Johnny Cash Original T-Shirt
This particular t-shirt is officially licensed, and there are a multitude of personas one can adopt with this shirt. The person who owns this shirt owns their love of country music: The kind of music that throws back to the original greatness of American living, rather than super stylized twangs catering to a teenage southern audience.
Cash is one of the greats, and it is time the world recognized it – or rather that it recognizes that you know it. On the other hand, maybe you simply grew up listening to Johnny Cash with your parents and are embracing your love of an old childhood favorite.
Beatles Flag T-Shirt
We like to think of the Beatles as the original “British Invasion.” To be fair, there have been many after them in the realms of music, film, and television, so it is more of a continual colonization rather than a one-time invasion.
Featuring an understated version of the original 1964 Hard Days Night album cover with the British flag placed in mosaic form over it – and “The Beatles” stitched off to the left. This shirt is the perfect way to declare your love of one of the most famous bands of all time without being flashy about it. This shirt is for the Beatlemaniac who does not feel the need to proclaim all they listen to is “real music.”
Journey Escape T-Shirt
Officially licensed by Journey, this particular t-shirt screams “I Love Karaoke” – but only if you look closely. Emblazoned with an official screen-printed Journey logo and image, the logo is tough to make out. “I love Journey, but I do not want people to know it right away.” Its “Don’t Stop Believing” stitched at the bottom outs you as someone who loves to scream ‘80s hits into the karaoke machine after a few drinks. This is the perfect t-shirt for those who want to proclaim their membership of the Journey fandom as subtly as possible.
Avenged Sevenfold is one of the most popular metal bands around and, again, one that, for whatever reason, many metal fans will shame you for liking, simply because of their mainstream appeal. This understated tee features the official Avenged Sevenfold skull and wings logo in white against a black background. The wearer of this shirt could not care less what so-called “true metal fans” think!
Paired with a cool leather jacket, you can subtly declare your love for one of the most beloved metal bands of the century. Also, wearing it as a snug baby tee adds to its appeal; you are not just wearing another band t-shirt, but one that is designed to look as good as anything else you might pick out to wear for yourself.
Whether you like it or not, the bands you represent with your t-shirts say a lot about your personality. But how you elect to present those bands – in other words, the specific t-shirt you choose – can say even more.