Saturday, March 28, 2015

Vintage 1988 Monsters of Rock T-Shirt

file under: back-in-the-day

rare, hard to find original Van Halen / Monsters of Rock t-shirt
year: 1988
tag: Screen Stars ⬅(click on the link to learn more about Screen Stars 
material: 50/50 cotton-polyester blend
size: large
condition: excellent
value: $250
note: this is one of the rarest and most difficult to find of all the different Monsters of Rock t-shirt designs that were printed. Acquired a few years back from the original owner who had the t-shirt neatly folded and tucked away from the light of day at the bottom of her dresser since 1988. Because the condition is so absolutely perfect, my guess is she bought the t-shirt after the lights came up and the show was over and once she got it home, maybe wore it around the house a few times before storing it away for the last 27+ years. The black Screen Stars garment is only lightly faded overall, the Van Halen graphic both front and back are still as vibrant as they were over 2 1/2 decades ago. There's no holes, rips or stains. Good luck trying to find this design for sale. Not sure why so few of this one were printed, especially since it' the best design of all the Monster tees in my opinion.

Front close-up

Back with dates and locations

Back close-up

Gnarly crowd

Kirk of Metallica in front of massive Monster's crowd!