Heavy metal is back; perhaps more in grey now than black, but back none the less. As committed fans dust off their records and tweak their air guitar strings, hopefully in private, they will also be ensuring that they have a printed tee to show off their chosen denomination of rock. The heavy metal t-shirt has recently been an almost archaic vintage relic of past years of rebellion, something that trendy teens wear even though they don’t really know the difference between Iron Maiden and The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee; Meatloaf, or an edible loaf of seasoned meats usually served with peas.
Now it’s not about diluted vintage, instead it’s time to bring out the big guns with some bona-fide heavy metal appreciation. My guidelines would be the scarier the t-shirt looks, the better. Flame engulfed scenes and rearing horses are all good, as are lightening bolts and skulls. Ideally, I think you’d want to remain faithful to just one band of your choice and make sure that you have their name in a prime viewing position on your shirt. This will prevent people from thinking you are only trying to be fashionable and don’t actually know anything about heavy metal. However, it’s equally acceptable to have some fright-inducing statement like “Rock and Roll ain’t Noise Pollution” if you really can’t decide which band to support.