Internet ‘stan culture’ and influencer celebrities have repopularized the concept of merch. Add that to the revival of ‘throwback’ fashion and ethos from the ’80s and ’90s, and you have an explosion of interest in the shapers of those eras.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have become icons and are an important force in the world of alt-rock.
Whether you’re a die-hard Red Hot Chili Peppers fan who heavily theorizes which physical bridge ‘Under the Bridge’ refers to, or you just discovered RHCP from The King of Staten Island, you love a good RHCP tee.
Not all Red Hot Chili Peppers tees are created equal, and we have the tea on that.
30 Second History of RHCP
Red Hot Chili Peppers was born in January 1983 as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. But the name we know and love, RHCP, didn’t show up until five months later.
Perhaps the most historically recognizable thing about RHCP is the eight-pronged asterisk logo. This logo has been associated with the esoteric symbol of chaos or star of affinity. Hilariously, it bears a keen resemblance to Kurt Vonnegut’s illustration of his rear orifice.
We love stan pop images that transcend their source and take on a life of their own.
RHCP started as a funky pop-rock band with Anthony Kiedis’s lead vocals often rapping raunchily. However, they managed to croon their way into some legacy ballads and eventually the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Through the flux of band members over the years, the death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak and the release of chart-topping records, RHCP has shaped generations and the entire genre of rock music.
And the socks. We can’t forget the socks that replaced the cartoon fig leaf if you catch our meaning.
Fans choose to honor their art and crazy genius in various ways; let’s dissect which fan you are.
The Type of Fan Your RHCP T-Shirt Makes You
The Classic Asterisk Logo
The asterisk logo was a spur-of-the-moment sketch by Anthony Kiedis in 1984 upon being requested by label management to design a logo.
It was beautifully featured in the 2016 RHCP Getaway tour in the largest, automated, kinetic light installation in concert touring history.
Both Kiedis and long-term, on-and-off guitarist John Frusciante have the asterisk tattooed to their left wrists.
The asterisk is core to RHCP Canon, and that puts you squarely in Rock Snob territory. You’ve loved the band forever, and you don’t trust these new kids on the block who don’t understand their huge impact.
Though it appears in various colors and iterations across concert years, you probably love the classic red asterisk with the band name encircling it.
Go you! Strong fan bases are built on people like you.
The RHCP Initials
We’ll just come right out with it. You’re the Undercover Fan.
You love RHCP and probably know a decent percentage of their discography. You’ve definitely been to a few live concerts. That said, you don’t want any overt symbolism cluttering up your minimalist cool.
You also dread making awkward small talk with fellow suits in the breakroom about your weekend shenanigans. That’s why your secret love for rock will remain just that secret.
You and your Scandinavian-chic apartment just want to rock out in privacy.
We hear you.
Here’s a tee for you.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Old Album Art
You’re here for the art and none of the fluff.
You definitely remember the infamous in-the-buff moment Flea had at Woodstock in ‘99. But more importantly, what stuck with you was how he riffed the bass like a god and the killer drum solo by Chad Smith.
You not only know all the lyrics, but you’ve charted the impact of their early albums, from the funk and metal success of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan to the game-changing Blood Sugar Sex Magik to their spiritual and melodic maturity in Californication.
You’re pretty highbrow about your love for RHCP discography, and we don’t blame you. You know your stuff.
The Greatest Lips and Californication
It happens to the biggest and the best rock bands. Once they license their music to films and TV series, they become accessible to audiences that knew nothing about them.
You’re a Baby Fan if you stumbled upon RHCP on an alternative rock playlist somewhere or a film.
RHCP Greatest Hits features blood-red lips as the album art.
Perhaps, however, the most iconic artwork is for Californication. The boiling swimming pool juxtaposed against the ultra-blue sky evokes the same feelings as the introspective, existential ballads on their biggest record.
So you’re a baby fan, and that has its perks. You get to discover an extensive and impressive discography of a highly influential rock band.
Dive into the music and the life events that drove the writing of RHCP’s most iconic songs, such as Under the Bridge, and the less known ones, such as American Ghost Dance.
Your Baby in RHCP Merch
The Die-hard Fan. No doubt about it.
It’s not enough that you love RHCP; you must bequeath the gift of their music to your descendants to come.
We see your child in that RHCP onesie. They’re drinking funk-pop and alternative rock in their milk bottles. They probably also listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers lullaby renditions.
By the way, you can get the RHCP lullaby renditions here if you’re not up to speed.
You probably also have a copy of Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis on your bookshelf and Audible account.
The difference between the die-hard fan and the purist or rock snob is that, to you, everybody is fair game for rock conversion. No whittling down the crop of new fans. If they have ears, they are welcome to the lifelong rock party.
Whichever type of fan you are, you obviously value the music that the Red Hot Chili Peppers create. Band Tees carries a cool selection of officially licensed RHCP merch. Official licensing ensures the royalties make it to the pockets of the most important people in music, the artistes.
Buy your quality, official RHCP band and concert merch at Band Tees.