SMORGASBORD 30TH ANNIVERSARY
February 3rd, 2016 by Tim

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YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPE ART
May 1st, 2014 by Tim
YOUTH OF TODAY - "WE'RE NOT IN THIS ALONE" FISTS/ROPES SHIRT

YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPES SHIRT

Following the two other Youth Of Today shirt art entries we did, I questioned Porcell about the Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design and the alternate version of that art that was used on a flyer. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design was done by an art director out of a Rhode Island merch company, that had no connection to hardcore. I can’t recall the name of the merch company, but they also did Gorilla Biscuits shirts and those famous, “This Is Not A Fugazi Shirt” shirts. As for the Living Room show flyer with the fists/chains, that must have come after the the shirt design, but was based on the shirt. – Porcell

LIVING ROOM SHOW FLYER

LIVING ROOM SHOW FLYER

THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

Following the theme of the Youth Of Today – “Youth Crew 88” shirt design post, I got a little info out of Porcell regarding the original Youth Of Today X’ed fist art. Anyone that’s familiar with Youth Of Today, is sure to be familiar with their classic X’ed fist logo. The art has appeared on countless shirts, stickers, pics, flyers and plenty of tattoos and here’s what Porcell had to say about it…

The original Youth Of Today X’d up fist was done by this Mahopac, New York kid named Herbie Straight Edge. Herbie originally drew the fist on the back of a gas station type jacket. Herbie became a skinhead and started drinking so he gave the jacket to Cappo. We traced the fist art off the back of the jacket and used it for Youth Of Today. -Porcell

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

YOUTH CREW 88
April 10th, 2014 by Tim
ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

A few days ago, I was flipping though a pile of my hardcore shirts and I came across my original Youth Of Today “Youth Crew 88” shirt. I had to stop and stare at it for a few minutes just to soak in how much of a well done and classic design it is. 

Every time I see a Youth Crew 88 shirt, I can’t help but to think back to the first time that I ever saw one. It was March 19th 1989 and I was standing in line for a show at Club Pizazz in Philadelphia. It was a Soul Side, Krakdown, Insted, Vision show, (Soul Side and Krakdown never showed up.) 

Regardless, there were a ton of people there and the line to get in the show was massive (or at least it seemed so at the time.) I remember standing in that line and watching multiple people walk up wearing those Youth Crew 88 shirts and just thinking, “wow, that new YOT shirt might be the coolest one yet!” And YOT had no shortage of cool looking shirts prior to this one, but something about how clean and simple it was just made it stick out.

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Over the past 25 years  since seeing the YOT “Youth Crew 88” shirt for the first time, it’s remained a favorite of mine. When I came across my original the other day I started wondering who might have designed it. The thought had never crossed my mind, but for whatever reason, it occurred to me that it looked like something Alex Brown might have had a hand in. Instead of letting my curiosity get the best of me, I shot a quick email to Porcell to see if I could get the lowdown. Porcell did indeed confirm, Al Brown was the man behind the classic Youth Crew 88 shirt. 

I decided to shoot Alex an email to see if he had any memories he could share and here’s what he had to say…

It was designed prior to Youth Of Today’s 1988 summer tour at the apartment that Porcell, Ray and I were sharing in Brooklyn. I don’t remember what the inspiration for the design was but I must have wanted it to look like some sort of team logo. I was really into the way the first couple of SSD records looked and I suppose that could be cited as a motive for the typeface I used; something bold and clean. I think that Ray or Porcell probably had some input but they most likely left me to do my work without to much interference.

As for the heavy Youth Crew theme with “Youth Crew 88” on the front and “Youth Crew Across America” on the back, I think we all thought it was just sort of a cool moniker to attach to our group of friends and musicians. To throw it in everyone’s face was always fun too. As for the photo that was used; again, can’t remember who’s decision it was to use that particular pic but it’s a pretty great photo and it’s easy to see why we used it.

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART

SUPREME MOSH TEE
February 20th, 2014 by Larry

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In what is most likely a “used without permission” photo, Supreme, has this interesting new “Mosh Tee” in their Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. The shirt features the photo taken by Bri Hurley and made famous from originally appearing on the back cover of Revelation Records’ first release, the Warzone “Lower East Side Crew” 7″.

See the shirt HERE.

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THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
February 13th, 2014 by Tim
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION'S - OUT OF STEP DESIGN

THE UNDERGROUND FACTION’S – OUT OF STEP DESIGN

Insted bassist, Rich Labbate has been hard at work with his company, The Underground Faction, for three years now. Rich is constantly adding new shirt designs to The Underground Faction catalog and just added this brand new “Out Of Step”, Dischord/DCHC/Minor Threat inspired design recently. Take a minute to check out the site and see below for The Underground Faction’s story. –Tim DCXX

“The Underground Faction was founded in 2011 and is 100% DIY. It is fueled by musicians, artists, and animal rights advocates with a vision to create, inspire, and bring awareness to the things we find important to us.

This clothing and life-style company caters to all walks of life while pulling from underground subcultures – punk rock, skateboarding, hip-hop, underground art, indie-rock, vegetarian/vegan, compassionate living, free thinking, misfits, to name a few.

Through collaboration with like-minded artists we create t-shirts, hats, bags, stickers, and other cool stuff.

The future is (y)ours, let’s keep it that way…”

http://www.theundergroundfaction.com

BOSTON 1980
December 14th, 2013 by Tim

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Pretty cool Philin Phlash Boston 1980 photo being used on a new t shirt by a company called Good Road. Click on photo above for link.

CHAIN MERCH AVAILABLE TODAY
July 26th, 2013 by Tim

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All the remaining Destroy LA Chain merch goes up for sale today at noon PST, grab it while you can… chainofstrength.limitedrun.com

AT DAWN THEY SLEEP
May 5th, 2013 by Tim
JEFF HANNEMAN OF SLAYER, 1985, WITH AN AGNOSTIC FRONT "SKINGHEAD" SHIRT | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

JEFF HANNEMAN OF SLAYER, 1985, WITH AN AGNOSTIC FRONT “SKINHEAD” SHIRT | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

MEMORIES OF TOMORROW
April 24th, 2013 by Tim
ORIGINAL SUICIDAL TENDENCIES HAND DRAWN SHIRT, T SHIRT AND STICKER

ORIGINAL SUICIDAL TENDENCIES HAND DRAWN SHIRT, T SHIRT AND STICKER

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ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SHIRT AS SEEN ON THE BACK COVER OF SUICIDAL’S DEBUT LP