Saturday, April 04, 2009

Every Shirt VI: Coffins

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shirt: Coffins white skull
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2008
provenance: band

Despite the band's origin, this is a US-sized shirt; it's not economical for Asian bands to ship merch as well as themselves and their axes over when playing limited engagements in the States, so Coffins or their label had these printed up and ready to mate up with the band when their pre-MDF tour started in Montreal. Additionally, if Japanese shirt standards are along the lines of what I encountered in China and South Korea, getting enough made in the right sizes might have been a bit of a hassle had the band done it themselves locally. The US size XL basically does not exist, and there are a lot of metalheads (yeah, self included...though see tomorrow's shirt) who don't fit into anything smaller.

As mentioned originally in the notes on the show, I purchased this shirt entirely in Japanese, which may or may not have thrown the band for a loop. Learn different languages -- it can be useful, and it can cause bonus cognitive dissonance if you use them in weird contexts!

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