80s Zipperhead Philadelphia Punk Rock Shop Cartoon t-shirt Large


Chest 20.5 in.

Length 25 in. 

Content: Feels like cotton blend

Tag Brand: Blank

This amazing shirt comes from the legendary Philadelphia punk shop, Zipperhead. The store is immortalized in the lyrics of Dead Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl" with the opening lyrics "One Saturday I took a walk to Zipperhead..." Located on South Street, the shop was opened in 1980 by Rick Millan, who was inspired by a trip to Europe where he saw the punk scene in full effect. The store's iconic exterior featured a zipper as well as an array of metal ant sculptures which can still be seen today. However the shop itself closed in 2005, it spawned a successor, Crash Bang Boom, located just around the corner and owned by two former Zipperhead employees.

The interior of the store was as bizarre and exotic as its exterior. Characterized by a counter full of Manic Panic hair dye, an array of leather and studs, and an impressive t-shirt wall sporting bands such as the BuzzCocks, The Dead Kennedys, The Clash, and Blondie. The counter even featured an aquarium containing a live tarantula. This was the setting for the Dead Milkmen's music video for "Punk Rock Girl" which was aired on MTV, bringing more attention and notoriety to the store. With the TLA located just across the street Philly punks were able to catch a show in the evening and then shop for clothes in the morning.

This shirt is an authentic piece from this historic store, circa 1986.    

This shirt fits like a modern unisex adult Large. There is a light spot on the front, see pics. 

 

 

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