1986 Monkees 20th anniversary shirt

Here they come, walking down the street!  Again!

This concert tee marks the era of a huge resurgence of popularity for the Monkees.  Following the re-airing of their popular TV show on cable, they found a whole new generation of fans and reuinited to record more songs.   Whether your favorite song is “Daydream Believer” as sung by Davy Jones,  “I’m a Believer” sung by Mickey Dolenz,  or “Auntie Grizelda” sung by Peter Tork, you can rest assured that this shirt pays tribute to each Monkee who performed these timeless tunes.  Click here for more views and details.

NOTE:  Mike Nesmith not included!


1992 Petra “Unseen” concert tee

We have here a 1992 concert t-shirt from the Canadian band Petra.  Classic concert tee format with the band’s faces on the front and tour dates and cities on the back.  Interestingly, this band is celebrating its 40th year in 2012, which means that this shirt commemorates the band’s 20th anniversary tour!    Click here for more views and sizing information.



To piggyback Joni’s post, I too have always been a fan off the illustrious concert tee/wrestling tee/wildlife tee, but these black cotton treasures have always caused a bit of a conundrum for me: How can I wear this and look cute rather than careless? When the most mesmerizing t-shirt finds don’t always come in a flattering, fitted size, it can be quite a challenge.
A few weeks ago, though, inspired by a passing cyclist, I put together this little en-semb, consisting of:

1) A big, black Samhain tee
2) Some skinny-ish jeans
3) A vest
4) A good pair of boots

Success! With the right ingredients, you too can pull off a boyfriend-ish shirt!
Start with any black t-shirt. Black tee = automatically bad ass. (Though you’d be hard pressed to find anything more bad ass than this electrified Diamond Rio tee.) Slim jeans and a vest, like this vintage velvet number, can give some shape and structure to an otherwise oversized garment. Be sure to leave a button or two undone though, to properly exhibit your shirt’s undoubtedly awesome graphic. The length of the shirt lets you conveniently conceal the inevitable skinny jean muffin top, while the the recently resurfaced rolled t-shirt sleeve trend lets you show off your guns. Slip on some cute flats or a pair of commandeering boots and you’ve got yourself an outfit. So long as you don’t go crazy with your color palette, you can do no wrong.

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Voila! My personal favorite of the fall!

Vintage Concert T-Shirt a Go-Go

I’m wild about old concert t-shirts. My first stop at every thrift store is always the men’s t-shirt rack, and I will browse through every single one until my arms are fatigued, buying up pretty much any concert tour or wrestling t-shirt I come across. Half of them become gifts to my boyfriend or daughter. Valuable ones get collected into a special, “someday I’ll do something awesome with these” box, and the rest get refashioned into something else… a dress, a back-patch, a wall-hanging, whatever! Collecting t-shirts is such a fun and inexpensive hobby, and if you’re crafty, you can recycle even the most worn out, ugly ones into something groovy.

Lucky for me (and my fatigued arms), Monster Vintage makes it easy to browse from the comfort of my laptop. Here are a few groovy finds from the Vintage Concert Tee category, perfect for pretending you were there:

From the first of many reunion tours– KISS Alive! From the 1996/1997 KISS Alive World Tour. This awesome KISS shirt is only $19.99 and is perfect for rocking and rolling all night, and… yes, you guessed it… partying every day. For the uninitiated, KISS concert tour shirts are highly collectible and often appreciate in value, so you might not want to cut them up into tank tops just yet…

Who doesn’t love Dolly? From her 1985 tour, this hard-to-find t-shirt is for serious collectors of Dolly merch, coming in at $149.00. The price is higher due to its rarity and unusually excellent condition.

Finally, we have an example of a long-sleeve concert t-shirt from the 80s. This one is from Loverboy’s 1984 American tour. Somewhere out there is a die hard Loverboy fan who would give his right arm for this t-shirt… although then the right sleeve would just hang there limply and that would be weird, but nevertheless the price is right at $69.99 for a collectible 80s concert tee. Appreciate my restraint from making a Def Leppard joke just then.

So have some fun and poke around Monster Vintage’s collection of righteous retro concert t-shirts!

Cheers! Joni