Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is a dilemma for metalhead singer Matthew Chalk who has 600 band shirts

[Matthew “Chalky” Chalk owns more than 600 band T-shirts, which makes choosing what he will wear for Ausmusic T-Shirt Day a tricky proposition.

November is Ausmusic Month and today is the 20th Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, when people are encouraged to wear a shirt featuring an Australian band to show their support for the local industry.

Chalk is a musician, band promoter, and a metalhead from Tasmania, and while his collection of T-shirts includes many Tasmanian and Australian bands, he also has T-shirts from metal bands he loves from around the world.

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“Last year for Ausmusic T-shirt Day I wore a T-shirt from a Melbourne death-doom band,” he told ABC Radio Hobart.

“I like to wear something less common and I will post a photo on Instagram,” Chalk said.

The live music industry was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, with most gigs cancelled since March.

Even as restrictions in many parts of Australia ease, most venues will only be able to host a limited number of patrons to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Ausmusic T-Shirt Day will also highlight the mental health of those working in the music industry with calls for donations to Support Act, a charity that helps those working in the music industry who are facing hardship on the grounds of illness, injury and mental health issues.

Obsession began at 10

Chalk was given his first band T-shirt when he was 10, a Metallica Master of Puppets T-shirt.

Soon after that he bought his first, featuring Guns N’ Roses.

Wide angle photo of a man wearing a black metal t-shirt, holding another t-shirt standing in front of a white wall
Some of Matthew Chalk’s T-shirts are worth hundreds of dollars.(ABC Radio Hobart: Rachel Edwards)

“It was a cool shirt with a skull wearing the same hat as Slash, with a tongue hanging out and blood dripping off the tongue and guns and roses. All the usual stuff.

“It was a tough T-shirt for a 10-year-old.”

Asked which T-shirt he would buy next, Chalk said “it is a dangerous, dangerous question”.

“I contribute to a few ‘best albums of the year’ lists so I am always accumulating cool albums, and if I stumble across something that blows my mind I have to have their shirts.

“I have messaged a band recently because I couldn’t find any merch.”

Band T-shirt etiquette

He has approached people on the street, enthusing about their T-shirts, only to be rebuffed by the other T-shirt wearer who did not understand the significance of the shirt they were wearing.

“I’m one of these people who gets angry when I see people wear shirts and they don’t know the band,” Chalk said.

Black and white photo of three men performing on a stage in a metal band
Matthew Chalk sings in Mephistopheles.(Supplied: Gethin Hill)

“If I see someone in the street or at a gig wearing something that is rare I get a kick out of it.

“I’m not a stickler or an elitist. You don’t need to know all the names of the band members, every album, every song.

“If you’ve heard them and you like them, even one song and you’ve loved it, that’s enough.”

How to wear 600 T-shirts

Chalk said he used to wear two band T-shirts and a long sleeved one, but then bands started making hoodies too.

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“It’s common now for bands to have hooded jumpers, but it wasn’t common at all [back] then,” he said.

“So if you wanted to deck yourself out and be warm in Tasmania you’ve got to be wearing a few layers.

“I probably have bought more T-shirts in the last 12 months than I have for a long time because of the whole COVID scenario.

“Everyone is doing it tough, so if I can support a bunch of bands by buying their merchandise at least it makes them feel better, that they are not just sitting at home wishing they could be playing live, wishing they could be touring the world.”

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Lewis Hamilton will not face investigation over Breonna Taylor T-shirt

Lewis Hamilton wore the T-shirt before and after the Tuscan Grand Prix

Formula 1’s bosses will not investigate Lewis Hamilton’s decision to wear a T-shirt highlighting police brutality at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix.

Governing body the FIA was considering whether the matter contravened its rules but a spokesman told BBC Sport an investigation had been ruled out.

The FIA will, however, seek to clarify its guidelines as to what is permitted for drivers pre-race and on the podium.

Hamilton’s T-shirt said: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

Taylor was a black woman who was shot eight times in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, by US police in March.

The shirt, which the Mercedes driver wore during the pre-race anti-racism demonstration and on the podium, also said: “Say her name.”

The FIA was caught by surprise by Hamilton’s actions – previously he had worn a T-shirt saying “Black Lives Matter”, while those of all other drivers have said “End Racism”.

It had been considering whether Hamilton had breached article 1.2 of the FIA statutes, which says: “The FIA shall refrain from manifesting discrimination on account of race, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophical or political opinion, family situation or disability in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect.”

The FIA is also a signatory of the Olympic charter, which forbids any “kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda”.

Taylor was one of a number of victims of incidents involving police violence in the US whose names have become rallying cries for equality and justice.

Hamilton said after winning the race on Sunday: “I’ve been wanting to bring awareness to the fact there are people being killed on the street.

“And someone was killed in her own house and they were in the wrong house and those guys are still walking free.”

F1 and the FIA have mounted an anti-racism and pro-diversity campaign this year, which includes anti-racism demonstrations before every race.

Hamilton has been at the centre of the demonstrations, as the sport’s most high-profile figure and its only black driver.

His stance has been backed by his Mercedes team, who painted their cars black this year to represent their support for anti-racism and diversity.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said on Saturday that Hamilton had the organisation’s full support in his desire to highlight racial injustice and that it was up to him what T-shirts he wished to wear to demonstrate that.

“No question – it is entirely his decision,” Wolff said. “Whatever he does, we will support. The team is fighting against any kind of racism and discrimination and it is Lewis’s personal fight for Black Lives Matter and with all the support we can give him. It’s his call.”

Wolff added: “Black Lives Matter is something that is important to all of us and we have supported Lewis all the way.

“The much broader movement is obviously the fight against any kind of racism and discrimination and we as a team and as a corporate have always put an emphasis to fight against that injustice.”

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F1 news 2020: Lewis Hamilton, Tuscany GP T-shirt, FIA investigation

Formula One’s ruling body is considering action against world champion Lewis Hamilton after he wore a T-shirt highlighting police brutality at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix.

The six-time world champion and series leader, who won the race, wore a T-shirt bearing a message that said “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” before and after the race, during an anti-racism ceremony and television interviews.

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A spokesman for the International Motoring Federation (FIA) told the BBC the case against Hamilton is “under active consideration”.

Hamilton had previously worn a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt at every race without any comment from the FIA.

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Jonathan Isaac refuses to kneel, wear Black Lives Matter T-shirt

Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac became the first player who refused to kneel during the national anthem as the NBA restarted its season.

The league resumed on Friday from a four-month break because of coronavirus and teams showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept across the globe.

Every single player wore Black Lives Matter shirts and took a knee during the anthem on day one, but Isaac didn’t follow suit before the Magic’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on day two.

The power forward took a stand — literally — and was the only player not wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt while the anthem was played. Instead, he wore his team trackpants and jersey.

Speaking after the Magic’s 128-118 win, Isaac referenced his religious beliefs while explaining his decision.

“I believe that Black Lives Matter. Kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives,” he said.

“I support black lives but not that way. My life has been supported by Jesus Christ. The gospel gives us force.

“I knew it was going to be a tough decision, one that people would have questioned. I’ve leaned on God’s word and his plan for me.

“People have opinions, but I took my decision. We’re protesting and doing things to get something done. But we need to see all the things and all the answers are in the word of Jesus.”

Isaac said his teammates respected his decision while Orlando coach Steve Clifford added: “I support him, his teammates support him, the organisation supports him, so that’s part of living in our country.”

NBA players have been vocal in their support for racial equality and wanting an end to police brutality in the wake of the shocking death of American man George Floyd while in police custody.

LA Lakers superstar LeBron James has been among the most outspoken stars and he continued to push the message after coming up clutch with the last basket of the game to give his side a two-point win over the Clippers yesterday.

“There’s been progress but in the past when we’ve made progress we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit,” James said.

“We can’t do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.

“We’re dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality. Not only in my neighbourhoods and not only with black people, but with people of colour and it’s something we want to continue to have people’s ears open too.

“We have ears now but we cannot stop.”

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After the majority of Orlando players took a knee, the Magic and their owners released a statement in support of the protest.

“The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organisation fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of colour,” the statement read.

“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.

“We know this is not about the military, the men and women who serve honourably to keep our communities safe for all, or those who have paid the ultimate price to provide freedom, including freedom of expression. We’re confident the entire Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals.

“This is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players — today and in the many days ahead — in the pursuit of lasting and impactful change.”

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‘Friend it like Beckham’: Matthew Perry applauds Joey and Chandler T-shirt | Ents & Arts News

Friends star Matthew Perry has given David Beckham’s style his stamp of approval, after the ex-footballer shared a photo of him in a Joey and Chandler T-shirt.

The former footballer shared the snap of his countryside stroll with wife Victoria on Instagram, writing: “Afternoon walk”, followed by a heart emoji.

Matthew Perry played Chandler Bing in Friends

While David normally opts for rather formal countryside attire (his penchant for a tweed flat-cap is well known) his appreciation of the long-running US sitcom had prompted a rather more casual look.

The selfie, which showed him wearing a black T-shirt with a still from the show, was quickly liked over 2m times.

The season three scene is a favourite among Friends fans, from the episode “The One Where No One’s Ready”.

In it, a naked Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) puts on all of Chandler’s clothes to pay him back for stealing his underwear.

It spawns Joey’s famous line: “Look at me, I’m Chandler. Could I be wearing any more clothes?”

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Among those loving David’s work was Perry, who re-shared the post on his own feed, writing: “This guy has really good taste. Whoever that is.”

Perry quickly followed his comment up with “Guys, I know who it is! I was just joking.”

Actress Zoe Kravitz clearly appreciated his humour, writing “lol”.

David’s family got in on the action too, with his 15-year-old son Cruz seeming to take the credit for the top, writing under his dad’s post: “Guess who bought him the shirt”.

Fashion focused Victoria was less interested in the top, and more worried about her husband’s choice of accessories, commenting: “Nice necklace super bold!”, followed by the embarrassed face and crying with laughter emojis.

Others were also quick to get in on the fun, with one fan site writing under Perry’s post: “He’s sexiest man alive!!! the other one is David Beckham.”

While another, Gill Foley, punned: “Friend it like Beckham”.

David is not the only fan of the show in his family, and just last month shared a photo of him and his eight-year-old daughter Harper wearing matching Friends hoodies.

He said the eight-year-old had surprised him with the gift, adding Joey’s famous catchphrase: “How you doin?”

Courtney Cox, who is friends with David, commented on the snap at the time, writing: “Aww so sweet!”.

David and Victoria have become countryside royalty of late, sharing plenty of snaps of them walking around country lanes and fields during lockdown.

The family have spent the last few months isolating at their Cotswolds home, minus their eldest son Brooklyn who is in America with his girlfriend, pursuing a career in photography.

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