“What Goes Around Comes Around has been purveying rock tees for 20 years; being in the vintage business means that I, personally, need to have different pieces than anybody else.
I probably have around 100 tees; I love rock ‘n’ roll, and how it translates into fashion. My standards are even above our store’s. They’re not human.
I like when things are distressed, it’s part of the vintage allure. Sometimes I’ll find my 11 year-old son playing football in a $500 tee because he ‘likes the way it feels.’ There’s a standing order not to wash certain things in my wardrobe —
I had to set some strict ground rules after a few abuses of my closet.”
“When PINK FLOYD — my favorite band — released THE WALL, they only toured in two places [in the U.S.]: LOS ANGELES, and at NASSAU COLISEUM, in Long Island, where I grew up.
This shirt is specific to the few dates they performed at NASSAU in 1980. I got it recently, and I don’t often add to my collection.”
“The Fillmore East is basically the most epic venue when it comes to rock music. Everybody played it.
This is a jersey that was worn by the staff there.
It’s super special.”
“I’ve been able to get three period Jimi Hendrix shirts in my personal collection.
When he died, in 1970, bands weren’t selling merch for profit. It was before the era of concert tees. This could either be a promotional shirt — something the label would give to radio stations or stores like Tower Records — or one [you’d find] in the back of a fanzine.”
“Back to my Pink Floyd roots.
This is the shirt for the band’s 1977 ANIMALS tour. The coloring is kind of unusual. Who would think to use baby blue?”
“This is the original version of a New York Dolls tee that’s been copied multiple times. I got it from a big time collector — we find most shirts [like this] in the U.S., but there’s a lot of American vintage in Japan, too.
And there have been times when I’ve chased people to buy the shirts [off their back].”
“I’ve probably seen more than a million shirts in my life, and in my 20-year career, I can say I’ve never seen anything like this tee.
It looks like an unlicensed design that someone silk-screened in their garage. Who knows how many were made.”
“This is an Atlantic Records promotional tee for Led Zepplin’s HOUSES OF THE HOLY album, which was released in ‘73. It’s legendary.”
“I love this. It’s a promo tee for John Lennon’s WALLS AND BRIDGES album. That’s a sick shirt.”
Photography byMolly Hodson
As told toAnthony Rotunno