Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Every Shirt LIX: Thrones

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shirt: Thrones
size: XL (US)
vintage: 2009
provenance: band

The last in this three-day burst of shirts from last week, this one comes (despite the absence of any tour dates) from the jaunt that Thrones did in the first half of 2009. The shirts they had back in '02 were debatably cooler, but if I remember correctly, this is markedly less hipster, which, all support-music-not-rumors considerations to the side, is still an important attribute for a metalhead. Also, I was broke in 2002 and not enormously disposed to buy stuff from bands other than Sigh, who were sold out of shirts by the time they got to Boston, so this is kind of a moot point in the last analysis.

I didn't think to ask Joe what the hell the animal head in the center of this shirt was, and even if I had, I would not have done so in order to avoid stamping 'TOOLBAG' indelibly on my forehead. It probably evokes the Thundercats for a lot of people, with other strong indications of a bear (c.f. "Nuts and Berries" and "Oso Malo" from the Sperm Whale collection/LP) or maybe a pig, but also a possibility of an ill-defined lion, which was also a theme of the shirts available seven years ago. Or maybe not; exhausion and drink can do funny things to you, even more so when passed through a time filter deep enough that every single molecule in your body has been replaced.

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