I don’t usually post stuff like this on In The Mail Today, preferring to keep it to media and collection related items, but I was so giddy to receive these shirts that I decided what the hell!
They were ordered from Tee Exclusives, one of those sites that offers shirts on a countdown then once the order taking period is over they print only the stock that was pre-purchased and delete the design. Believe me I have enough t-shirts and frankly more than enough KISS tees to last me a lifetime but I broke down and went for it because of the graphics on them.
These are some images from KISStory that you don’t see too often but I unabashedly love the music from this time period of the band. There are very few shirts from the Music From The Elder era at all and I totally dig those costumes (except Paul’s) so the Ace shirt was a must as well as the one with the iconic (often hated) Elder table. The latter couldn’t be passed over if for no reason other than the rarity of it featuring late KISS drummer Eric Carr, as so few shirts with “The Fox” exist.
I knew these would be print on demand type shirts and for what they are the quality of the images, brightness of the colors, etc. came out pretty well. I’m glad to have some unique new KISS gear as I’m going to see them on tour in a couple of months as well as attending the Nashville Rock-N-Pod Expo (a convention of music podcasters, many of them KISS themed), and also sailing on the Kiss Kruise and hitting a Gene Simmons solo show later this year. Plus they’ll be good for wearing to all the shows by my favorite local tribute band, KISS Alike. So I know these won’t be gathering dust on a hanger!
The only negative thing I will say about these shirts is that I doubt that they are licensed which is a lame move on the creator’s part. I don’t see the usual copyright info on them and honestly it is doubtful KISS would ever approve such designs, preferring instead to forget some past eras (and members) of the band.