What is it about band tees that you love?
I think it’s really cool when a T-shirt completely sums up a sub-cultural movement. For example, Black Flag are a punk band from California who were most active in the 80s, and their guitarist’s brother Raymond Pettibon did most of the artwork for them. It’s all iconic. [Their] once-black T-shirts are now a light grey from being worn in the California sun for 30 years – and they might even have a couple of blood stains on them from old shows! That’s what makes band tees special to me.
How should we take care of a vintage tee?
For a tee that’s thinning, it’s a good idea to wash it in a lingerie bag, and definitely don’t tumble dry it. A lot of vintage tees are still in pretty good shape. In this instance, wash normally; it just adds to the character.
FAVOURITE BAND T-SHIRT, EVER?
It would be really hard to narrow it down to just one! Recently, I got a Microsoft tee from LA [pictured]. There’s a nod to Matisse on there and it’s such a soft, well-fitted T-shirt. But this one was beaten just the other day when I received an early 90s Aphex Twin shirt – black-on-black and perfectly worn-in. A tee [that represents] the most genre-defining artist in electronic music of our generation.