Punk rock is all about rejecting the mainstream and standing out from the norm. Or at least that’s how it started out. However, if you really want to stand out from the norm, why not do it in a Black Flag shirt? “That’s totally the norm,” you might be thinking. “There’s gutter punks and skater kids everywhere wearing Black Flag shirts.” And yes, the iconic four bar Black Flag logo has been around nearly as long as the band, which is celebrating their 40th year. In fact, it’s probably right up there with the Misfits’ skull logo as one of the most recognizable in rock music. However, that gutter punk’s Black Flag shirt probably didn’t cost $265 and come from Barneys New York.
The shirt, made by R13, is “crafted of black brushed Japanese cotton-cashmere jersey,” and has “decorative elongated zippers” at the sides. It costs $40 more than the Joy Division shirt also available, likely because of the zippers. Who is the audience for this shirt? Likely someone that couldn’t name a Black Flag song if their live depended on it, and might not have ever been in a mosh pit. Probably people that are stylists for celebrities too. And perhaps a former punk rocker that grew up, got rich and is trying to rekindle their youth, when $265 was an ungodly amount of money. By the way, $265 is still an ungodly amount of money for a T-shirt. Hopefully Black Flag is making some money off it. If you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket, you can pick your shirt up here.