Vintage Merch Part 1 – smelly old T-shirts

You’ve probably come to realise by now that I’m a bit of a hoarder? I prefer to think of myself as more of a ‘historian’ (at least that’s what I tell my wife!) Some of this old crap has survived for over 40 years. I’ve lugged it all with me from house to house / attic to attic, all in the belief that one day future generations might find it remotely interesting. I guess there was also the belief that some of this shit “might be worth something one day” but, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I could bring myself to part with any of it now unless somebody was to make me a ridiculous offer!

During another recent foray into the attic I decided to open up an old suitcase that was sat gathering dust. I could vaguely remember what was in the case but I was a little apprehensive about what state it might be in. Despite smelling a little ‘fusty’ I was pleasantly surprised with what I found and the condition of the items inside. Here is a selection of classic rock and metal T-shirts that I purchased and wore during my youth in the 1980s. If you don’t believe me I’ve included some pictures of me wearing my vintage merchandise ‘back in the day’ – except it wasn’t vintage then! Enjoy…

Me and my old pal Chris larking around in his room, c1984. The Marillion shirt was looking a lot less faded back then! (Oh, and check out that bullet belt – it weighed more than me!)
Me in the same Metallica T-shirt c1987/88
Me in the very same GnR T-shirt (far left) – The Newshouse pub, Nottingham c.1987
Me in that actual Rush T-shirt, 1988ish

These smell great after all these years! 😉
The magic suitcase full of goodies…

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11 thoughts on “Vintage Merch Part 1 – smelly old T-shirts

  1. Great post Ian and what I would give for that Saxon jumper super cool!…

    Keep it up, you have a great writing style.


    1. It’s looking a bit rough around the edges these days but not surprising after all these years! Thanks for your kind words Alex. Please stick around… 🙂

    1. Haha! I wish mate. They barely fit on one arm these days. I did try one for a laugh and ended up looking like ‘Daffid…the only gay in the village’ off Little Britain…. belly hanging out, the lot lol! 🤣

    1. Loved it mate! It’s become a bit of a labour of love pulling this site together but it’s killed loads of time during this year from hell!

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