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HEAVY METAL FASHION is
the style of dress, body
make-up, hairstyle, and so on, taken on by many fans of heavy
or, as they are often called, metalheads.
To those with a trained eye, normally others within the metal
subculture, relatively subtle differences in clothing can speak
volumes about a person's tastes and, more critically, show whether or
not they are a poseur,
a judgement that is almost universally dreaded by metalheads.
clothing associated with heavy metal has its roots the Biker,
subcultures. Heavy metal fashion includes elements such as leather
jackets; hi-top basketball shoes (more common with old school thrash
metallers); motorcycle boots, work boots or combat
blue or black jeans, and denim
jackets or kutte
vests, often adorned with badges, pins and patches.
style and clothing of metal has absorbed elements from influences as
diverse as the musical influences from which the genre has borrowed:
modern metal fashion is a combination of punk,
(particularly for female metalheads), military
and even various historical fashions. It is from this linking of
different sub-styles of clothing and music influences that one can
sometimes determine a person's specific taste in music simply from
overall appearance. However, such signs are not, in the majority of
cases hard and fast rulings. This uncertainty is what makes the first
key aspect of the metalheads' identity below so important.
influence of modern military fashion on heavy metal fashion is
significant with metalheads been known to wear modern military
clothing like field jackets and articles of camouflage and olive drab
green uniforms like shirts and/or trousers to wear alongside their
black T-shirts and black combat boots. This influence could be due to
the impact of the Vietnam
on popular culture in the United
during the 1970's and the 1980s with images of American Vietnam
veterans wearing their old combat uniforms in civilian life during
this period of time as well as the memories of the conflict were
still fresh in the minds of many Americans during the 1970s and
1980s. Some of the influences of modern military fashion and the
Vietnam War can be seen by the fans and bands of thrash
with the members of thrash metal bands of the 1980s like Metallica
wearing bullet belts around their waists on stage (It is likely that
the thrash metal bands got the idea of wearing bullet belts from
bands such as Motörhead,
who have incorporated the bullet belt as part of their aesthetic
since their inception, since the majority of thrash metal bands in
the 1980s were influenced by Motörhead and the like).
key and basic element of metal fashion is the outward display of
one's musical taste. This can be accomplished in several ways.
band shirt is widely regarded as something akin to the 'minimum
uniform' for a metalhead. T-shirts for metal bands are almost
universally black, with only those bands popular enough to have fans
beyond the metal community normally bothering to print T-shirts in
other colours, though some print white shirts, normally as a
statement against conformity. They come in two varieties: the normal
T-shirt, and the longsleeve
which will often feature designs down the arms as well as on the back
and front. These shirts display on their front the name of a band,
often accompanied by the band's logo or an album cover, and the back
some tour list, lyrics, slogan, or another image.
is a strong stigma against bands who wear their own T-shirts, which
is seen as in bad taste at best, and highly egotistical at worst. It
also must be noted that to wear a T-shirt for a band you have not
heard is considered extremely bad taste, and to some, wearing a
T-shirt for a band while owning none of their albums may be highly
is less common, but not at all unknown, for metalheads to wear
T-shirts other than band shirts. Brands of alcohol (particularly Jack
whisky), makes of Motorcycles, and humorous or obscene epithets are
the most common. Again, black is the normal colour.
must of course also be noted that not all metalheads wear T-shirts:
some may wear sleeveless
or even no shirt, depending on taste and geographical location.
are small shaped pieces of fabric that carry a design: normally, at
least in terms of metal fashion, a band logo or album cover. They are
normally displayed on kutten.
The traditional "patch jacket" is a black jacket, usually
long sleeves, though denim jackets (More common in the UK) are also
used, they are rated more on the punk style. Backpacks,
etc. are another popular place on which to display them. A more
unusual location is on another article of clothing, particularly
names are also sometimes displayed in the form of badges, which are
displayed in much the same way as patches, although obviously the
range of locations in which they can be placed is greater.
most commonly worn types of jackets that metalheads wear are black
leather jackets, blue denim jackets, trenchcoats and army combat
jackets like field
(e.g. the M-1965
used by the US
smocks, and parkas (usually in olive drab, black, or in camouflage
patterns). In warmer weather, metalheads have been known to wear
button-up flannelette shirts and button-up army shirts (usually in
olive drab, black, or in camouflage patterns) unbuttoned so it acts a
de-facto jacket when the weather is not too hot or not too cold. When
the weather gets cooler, they would button up their flannelette
shirts and army shirts.
seen at concerts, metalheads are typically seen showing off their
patch jackets and leather vests. It has become a tradition to some to
do so at every concert, especially for those in the older styles of
metal. Again, this particularly applies to fans of older metal, with
groups like Judas
who have encouraged this look.
most common form of leg-wear is tight or semi-loose fitting (not
baggy) black or blue denim jeans (sometimes ripped), although leather
trousers are also popular, as are camouflage-patterned combat
trousers and kilts. Metalheads have also been known to wear cargo
trousers and cargo shorts in warmer weather when jeans and leather
pants are considered too hot and uncomfortable to wear.
most popular hairstyle associated with metal is long, natural hair,
(although sometimes dyed black, especially amongst black
fans). The long and messy hairstyle adds to the experience of
Other hairstyles sported by metalheads include dreadlocks
(possibly inspired by Rob
and military-style haircuts. Power
fans and bands have adopted a variation on the long-haired style that
involves hair even longer than the metal norm, often curled.
completely shaven head is also a popular among some fans and
musicians, such as David
singer Daniel Heiman (former) singer of the Power
and guitarists Scott
had a shaved head (with tattoos
on both sides) during Pantera's period of mainstream popularity in
the early 1990s. However most metal artists sport the shaven head
look because of their hair being too thin or being partially bald.
is popular for both genders. Almost always silver, popular items
include rings (often adorned with metal imagery such as skulls,
flames, spikes, iron crosses etc.) Also
Jewelry such as the Ankh,
Birds and the Scarab.
Silver neck-chains (thin when compared, for example to bling
Jewelry) or pendants, often of a religious or anti-religious nature:
(inspired by Black
are popular. This taste in pendants offers a marked difference
between the metal and goth subcultures: goths will often wear crosses
even if they are not religious, and will wear the benign, un-inverted
Chains are also common, normally two are worn, one longer than the
other. This has recently benn popularized by frontmen such as Alexi
studded bracelets, gauntlets or armbands, wrist-bands and sweatbands
are also very popular.
often engage in some form of body modification, the most popular
being tattoos, which will often employ the imagery of metal, metal
lyrics or even band logos or mascots. Piercings are also not
uncommon, although facial piercings, especially amongst male
metalheads, are not particularly common, especially when compared to
other subcultures such as emo.
concert T-shirt is a T-shirt
that is associated with a concert
or a concert
tour, usually rock
musical groups often promote themselves by creating and selling or
giving away T-shirts at their shows, tours, and events. A concert
T-shirt typically contains silk
screened graphics of the name, logo, or image of a musical
performer. One popular graphic on the rear of the T-shirts is a
listing of information about the band's current tour, including tour
cities (sometimes specifying venues)
and corresponding dates.
of the most popular
colors for concert T-shirts is a flat black.
Fans purchase or obtain these shirts to wear to future concerts,
often with jeans, dark colored trousers
or skirts. Fans may
wear the shirt of one band to a concert of another to show their
taste in a particular type of music or loyalty to another band or
type of music. Band and/or concert T-shirts are promotional items and
materials, and therefore, irrelevant at a band's own event.
for the female metalhead shares much in common with elements of goth
fashion, combined with what is simply a feminised version of male
metalhead fashion. The heavy monochrome makeup of goth is relatively
popular among female metalheads, far more so than it is amongst the
male metal fan, and jewelry and accessories can be similar as well,
although female metalheads tend to borrow from the classic goth look,
rather than Cybergoth,
Goth etc. One exception to this is female black metal fans, who
sometimes dress in the somewhat elaborate Victorian or medieval
dresses normally associated with some elements of the goth
subculture. In recognition of the increasing number of female fans
which metal increasingly attracts, many bands, especially larger
ones, have started doing babydoll
versions of their shirts, or even new designs specifically for the
female market. Skirts are normally black of some sort (sometimes
leather), or punk-style kilts.
is also more common for female metal fans to sport facial piercings
and more elaborate ear work such as scaffolding.
metal fashion has seen a recent resurgence in the UK (and to some
extent in the US). Mainstream pop fashion retailers have picked up
what is accurately labelled as a cross between heavy metal fashion
and are successfully marketing it under the labels 'goth' or 'rock'
fashion. This typically consists of t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts
with heavy metal, nu
logos, paired with baggy 'skater' jeans, chains, and dark colours.
This is largely the result of the increasing popularity of nu-metal
in the UK and the USA. Styles utilizing these products are
pejoratively known as "mall-goth", reflecting the
mainstream consumer outlets through which these articles of clothing
are made available.
style of dress that is a cross between heavy metal attire and skate
or punk attire is associated with the genre of music known as
Hardcore and is popular in East Coast US cities such as New York
City, Boston and Philadelphia.