Back when I was growing up in the early ’90s, the band t-shirt was a damn-near art form. M friends and I would carefully select which metal bands to rep on our weekend trips to Adventure Land on Long Island, hiding any illustrated boobs, Satanic imagery, or swear words from our parents who caddied our pimply faced asses back and forth. From Testament to Manowar to Megadeth, only the freshest Spencer’s Gifts-bought threads would make the cut for our b-level theme park excursions.
Now, band t-shirts are a god-damn novelty, so it’s only fitting that some inoffensive pop stars and easy listening artists get the heavy metal band shirt treatment.
The shirts, featuring the likes of Celine Dion, Mumford & Sons, Bieber and others, were created back in 2013, and were for sale for $30 for a bit. They’ve resurfaced online today, for probably no other reason than it’s the middle of winter, we’re all kinda bored, and they are still cool as fuck.
Definitely Adventure Land-material right here, but only if we had shitty taste in music.
Writes Dangerous Minds: “These designs have been bouncing around for a couple of years. If only they were actually for sale! Apparently they are not. I think they were designed by a David Ward although it may have been that his role was only to find a retail home for them. It seems highly probable that the designs elicited some unwanted legal attention, that would be my guess. Oh well!”
Here’s a look at some of our faves, spelling mistakes and all…