1. "Metal Up Your Ass" (XL)
The classic "Metal Up Your Ass" shirt remains Metallica's boldest
societal statement, still guaranteed to provoke, even more than a decade
later. The image of the metal blade emerging from the toilet bowl is
uncomfortable no matter how many times you've seen it, and is funny
whether you think it is serious or misguided. I'm not sure which, myself.
2. "Master of Puppets" (XXL)
The album most connoisseurs acknowledge to be the band's best also
produced one of its most impressive t-shirts. A faithful reproduction of
the classic album art, the "Master of Puppets" shirt has been a
headbanger wardrobe staple since the mid-80s, as essential to the
lifestyle as beer and broken homes.
3. "Burning Flower" (XL)
This underrated classic from the Metallica "Binge and Purge line"
features a burning skull with a flower in its clenched teeth on the
front, and a burning heart on the back. Anyone who's ever loved,
headbanged, and lost, will know exactly where this is coming from!
4. "Sad But True" (L)
The stunning depiction of not one but two skulls on the classic "Sad But
True" shirt revitalized the Metallica line at the crucial juncture where
it may have lapsed into self-parody. Many attribute its success to the
fact that it could be given to one's girlfriend/boyfriend to illustrate
how two skullheads can bang together.
5. "Ride the Lightning" (XL)
Including another t-shirt with album cover art barely does justice to the
wide spectrum of artistic variety in the genre of Metallica t-shirts, but
it's hard to deny the classic, haunting electrocution imagery of the
"Ride the Lightning" shirt. What better way to tell the fuckers that
you'll just take whatever they dish out, as it were, "riding" the