Continuing the debate about wearing random old school band T shirts without getting the connotations of the logo we spotted pop star Plan B wearing a Skrewdriver T shirt in a photo session for men’s magazine Shortlist. The shirt is a reproduction of a famous Gavin Watson documentary photograph and is not an official band shirt.
The photos were of Plan B giving it some attitude in a big spread for the magazine so we can only assume that the stylist at the shot decided to get him to wear the T shirt with infamous Nazi band mentioned on it to give the session some ‘edge’.
Obviously Plan B, who has been making some political commentary of his own recently and is one of our more articulate singers or the photographer or oddly the magazine itself didn’t seem to understand the history of the band or the T shirt or what it could be perceived as saying.
The T shirt doesn’t look like an official Skrewdriver t shirt because its from a Gavin Watson photograph which in itself is documentary and is more like a copy with the band’s name written across the shirt top and smudged in the photos just enough to make you not quite notice what it says at first. In front of the shirt is a skinhead.
Obviously they chose the shirt to add attitude to the photo session and no-one is claiming that anyone is a Nazi sympathizer and it should also be noted that the original Skrewdriver of the first album were a fairly decent punk band who were not nazis atall at the time and it’s only after they split up that frontman Ian Stewart’s right wing views moved to the forefront and became part and parcel of the reformed with a very different line up version of the band and they became standard bearers of the far right forever tainting their name.
The whole affair puts light onto the recent debate about wearing old band t shirts as fashion items, with Black Eyed Peas wearing Black Flag t shirts and David Beckham with his Crass t shirts- most people said that it doesn’t matter about wearing old band t shirts and having no knowledge of the culture and generally it doesn’t but this time a little bit of research would have been useful.
What do you think? Does it matter? Should you wear what you want? Does a little bit of research come in handy? Is it actually a nazi t shirt? Or a copy of a photo making it not official? Does context mean everything here? Some people have been confusing skimheads with Nazis in this debate- the whole affair throws up lots of questions…