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Start-up T-shirt brand Don't Talk to Me About Heroes is giving a brand new lease of life towards the images of some of our greatest music photographers.
The website was setup by Aki Paphides, a picture designer and brother of rock journalist Pete Paphides. Paphides says that, like a kid, he was this type of music obsessive that he would recall the names from the photographers who took pictures of his favourite bands and would follow their work.
When establishing the website, he had a 'hit list' of those he remembered, such as the likes of Brian Griffin and Richard Mann. Don't Speak with Me About Heroes has now registered 23 music photographers for its T-shirt range, many of whom have released images that have not been published before. T-shirts cost £25 with the revenue split 50/50 between your site and also the photographers.
"You aren't seeing images like this anymore," argues Paphides, citing the truth that, previously, photographers had time for you to build relationships using the bands they followed and earn their trust.
It's easy to forget that Keith Richards wasn't always Jack Sparrow's dad or just how stunning was Debbie Harry. It's easy to forget how immense the arrival of punk and hip-hop were. It's easy to forget that John Lydon didn't always sell butter or Iggy Pop, insurance.
Taking home a brand new album had a real sense of occasion, the anticipation, handing over hard-won cash, poring over outer and inner sleeves while the record played its way into your psyche.
Likewise, the weekly fix of the NME, Sounds or Melody Maker, whether read alone having a cup of tea along with a record on or disseminate to share was an event to be relished. Inevitably, the very best pictures were eliminate and stuck around the wall.
These photographs in the Sixties right through to the current represent a vanishing era when a great photograph was the merchandise of skill and vision and artistry. Only now does the technology exist to do them justice inside a medium apart from traditional print.
The t-shirts are printed direct-to-garment with the punch and clarity of the print on paper, you'll want to frame these t-shirts not wear them. Don't do that. Benefit from the anticipation, the appearance and the unwrapping after which put them on. Wear them and love them until they're threadbare and disintegrating, then frame them.

Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 3:20pm