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There is nearly enough Aussies on here for a takeover, so with that in mind lets do it...oops that's not what I meant!

What I meant was, where are you all buying t-shirts, hoodies etc from these days?

I used to buy stuff from Heavy Metal Merchant in Perth. The guy that runs it originally got metal kudos for being the bass player in Perth band Allegiance back in the 90's but since the pandemic his stock levels have gone to crap. He rarely has larger sizes (over XL) and it almost seems like if it's not Metallica or Slayer it's there is no new stock.

Utopia used to be okay but they've never been cheap and they also seem to have little variety in sizes.

Artists First have some metal bands but not many.

There is a multitude of places that either come up as "australian" but are just drop shippers or there are a number that are unauthorised shirts with little more than a copy of a popular album cover on them.

Many overseas options, including labels, are limited due to massive postage rates since covid. Although I do note that some more respectable labels and places are once again offering postage options that don't cost more than the shirt itself. (The highest postage I have seen for one long sleeve shirt is $128 USD).

It's almost got to the stage that using one of those design your own shirt companies and lying about who owns the copyright, or changing the image enough to not be a copyright issue, is the most affordable and practical option in this country. I ordered a shirt from a mob in QLD last year (not a band shirt and one I did have full copyright over) with a front and back print, sleeve print and it arrived to me in less than 2 weeks in a compost-able bag for less than $40.

So where are other Aussies getting their merch? Or have we just given up?

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Not an Aussie...but how much merch do you need? Merch/shirt acquisition is not a regular thing for me. I get my shirts at shows mostly, like this coming weekend at MDF I'll grab a couple I'm sure. But in between not so much. I did buy a bunch of shirts from Hells Headbangers last year, I think I grabbed 12 or 14 all in one shot, and with the ones I already have that'll last me many years til I need any more. I've never felt obligated to wear one every single day, although I probably do find myself wearing them more often now since my wife died and I rarely if ever have to go out anywhere where I have to pretend to be respectable anymore. 

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I'm a Fat Bastard Utopia never seem to have sizes over XL in stock and I don't know if they order in anymore. I know they used to back in the 90's but also back in the 90's they used to have a shit load of stock. Doesn't appear Tommy Gun have much of an online presence.

I don't need any merch, but shirts wear out so I want merch, or at least the option to buy merch. In the last few years I've had to throw out shirts that are more than 30 years old because they've fallen apart beyond what is respectably safe to wear. But I'm always on the look out for a shirt, a hoodie, not so much patches these days but if something takes my fancy I'll buy it. I don't go to shows, well not international shows, because it's too much hassle getting to and from the city and I don't believe any band is worth the $150 ticket price many ask. I do occasionally get friends to buy concert shirts for me if they go but in general my t-shirt shopping is restricted to online when I'm bored.

 

 

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I buy 2-3 a year mainly as replacements.

 

Current stash:

AC/DC (wife got it, pretty fucking crap design too)

Bathory

Carcass

Morbid Angel

Motorhead

Iron Maiden  (singlet)

 

A Metallica one shrunk 20% and became a pyjama top for wife - clearly not pre-shrunk cotton!

1 minute ago, KillaKukumba said:

Doesn't appear Tommy Gun have much of an online presence.

 

Tommy Gun don't do online period.  Hence I get stuff when I go down to Hobart every so often.

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I had to stop my wife buying my shirts because she'd be looking at those $15 Kmart ones that just have a band logo on them. Although in saying that my last two birthdays she's managed to find a Lemmy shirt and a Pink Floyd shirt which are worth wearing in public :)

In the last 12 months I've had to throw out a range of tour shirts, Rest In Peace, Fear Of The Dark, Justice For All, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Suicidal and AIC, Meatloaf. It's weird to think that some of those shirts have lasted longer than most of my friendships and relationships!

 

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They've obviously had a good run.  My wife forces me to throw out old clothes.  i also have a massive fucking head and a lot of mine get stretched out as a result.

I've asked her to stop buying me t-shirts.  She nearly got me a Pink Floyd shirt except my 9 year old daughter said "dad doesn't own any Pink Floyd."

I literally asked my wife how after 16 years of being together she didn't know I don't like Pink Floyd despite us talking music for most of those and despite me never ever playing Pink Floyd ever!

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Most of mine have had a good life. Looking back maybe I should have preserved some, but then it's not like there was any real benefit to preserving them. I suppose if they were signed, or one of a kind or something maybe preserving them would have been worthwhile but they weren't so I just wore them. I did at one point, maybe about 10 years ago, have three drawers full of band shirts because I refused to throw any of them out. No real idea why I refused to throw out a holey shirt I didn't wear but over the last 10 years or so I've gotten better and throw them out before the second drawer fills up.

My wife wouldn't dare even suggest I throw out clothes, she's got three tallboys, and 80% of the walk in robe taken up with her clothes. I have one tallboy and about 10 hangable items!

 

 

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42 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Not an Aussie...but how much merch do you need?

I've got more than enough and these days will only buy a shirt  - if I like it - at a gig, and there haven't been many gigs for the past two years.

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13 minutes ago, KillaKukumba said:

My wife wouldn't dare even suggest I throw out clothes, she's got three tallboys, and 80% of the walk in robe taken up with her clothes. I have one tallboy and about 10 hangable items!

Ha, my situation is same.  I have maybe a fifth of the walk in robe and 7 out of 8 draws in a tallboy.  I have a single tiny chunk of shoe rack that fits my 3 pairs of shoes that I own!

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Gumboots, stealies and a pair of sneakers covers pretty much everything I need and they all live on the patio :)

My battle jacket is still hanging in the cupboard but I haven't worn it since about 1992. Whereas I wear t-shirts every day so they do wear out. Hoodies not so much I only tend to wear them for about 2 month of the year but I haven't got any metal hoodies now. I have got a few long sleeves, including an Allegiance one which the guy from Heavy Metal Merchant gave me in 91, but I don't wear them that often. I'm really just a shorts and t-shirt kind of person.

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