There are 3 simple rules to concert t-shirt wearing. Rules that are not to be broken unless you're under the age of 10.
Rule #1: Do not wear the t-shirt of the band that whose show you’re attending.
Yes, it shows support for the band. Yes, it creates a faux solidarity amongst fans. Yes, you look like a consummate dweeb.
Rule #1.5: You may wear the t-shirt of the band’s (or bandmember’s) side project.
If you go to a Social Distortion show, you can wear a Black Kat Kustoms shirt. Or if you attend a Rancid concert, you’re allowed to wear a Transplants t-shirt.
Rule #2: If you purchase a shirt at the show, do not under any circumstances put the shirt on at that same show.
If this rule is broken, words cannot describe the level of concert-going geekiness and shame that will forever surround you for the rest of your days.
Rule #3: If you purchase a shirt at a show, you must wait one full day before wearing it.
Wearing a concert t-shirt the next day to school may sound like it makes you look cool. Don’t believe that sound.
Rule #3.25: Rule #3 also applies to previously purchased (old) t-shirts of the band whose show you attended. However, Rule #3 does not apply if said shirt clearly indicates it was a previous show/tour.
Rule #3.5: If you purchase a shirt of an opening band, you may wear it the next day.
Social theory clearly shows that the level of coolness of knowing and liking opening bands cancels out any possibility of potential negative social upheaval for wearing said t-shirt.
These long-established rules of etiquette are put forth to repel the advances of the current spate of unrebellious youth infiltrating our live music venues. These young suburbanites often reveal their true nature by the fresh Manic Panic dripping down the back of their necks, texting in the mosh pit, dancing with a Red Bull -- and wearing their concert t-shirts completely wrong.
Don't be a 'burb kid.
Note: To those from the always eloquent and upright 2+2 Forums: Simply because I've published these already-established rules of etiquette to the electronic page, doesn't make me a douchebag. A jackass and a concert-snob, yes -- but not a douchebag.
Though I've never denied being one for other reasons.
(Besides, does this look like the face of a douchbag?) (Okay, don't answer that.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Posted by dave491 at 7:08 PM