Nothing wrong with togging that Ramones or Iron Maiden t-shirt you bought at the mall or putting a Bright Eyes sticker on the rear window of your car. Retirees, greasy-haired squealers, and hirsute, soporific hacks can’t subsist on 24-karat-gold-flecked prime rib and 100-year-old champagne alone. But while you’re showing your financial support for ridiculously wealthy New Yorkers, Britons, and Midwesterners, your friends here in the 817 who also happen to be in bands might be going hungry. By buying a local rock band’s t-shirt (for only pennies a month!), you can contribute to the local economy, your economy, while putting food in an emaciated hipster’s tummy. Who cares if you don’t like the music. Nothing says “I’m pretty hip” like a t-shirt emblazoned with “Addnerim,” “Calhoun,” “Hentai Improvising Orchestra,” or some other band that might be duly, coolly obscure to your non-817 friends.
So get online and make that purchase. A local-band t-shirt is a terrible thing to waste.