somewhere between being called the “it city” and now, nashville got really really annoying. more people moved here. more condos were built. more people. more cranes. more people…you get the idea. we are a growing city on steroids. it’s madness.
with this influx of people and traffic came this weird obsession with showing pride in nashville. hats and clothing popped up out of nowhere bearing nashville’s name or likeness. most of it i’ve shrugged at, but last week i saw a shirt that i absolutely had to have: this black nashville flag shirt from project 615. kudos to the designer that came up with it. if you don’t know the band black flag and their iconic logo, here’s what the original looks like:
black flag were one of the founding fathers of hardcore punk. like most other punk bands, they were all about a little anarchy. in the early 2000’s, nashville had some of that same rebel spirit which is a big reason why people started calling nashville “cool” and the “it city.” we’ve lost that in recent years. my hope is that one day we’ll get some of that swagger back that made us so special in the first place. this may be just a clever t-shirt, but i like to think it’s a homage to the pre-boomtown nashville. whatever it is i dig it and will wear it with pride.