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Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed

jungluthr
Sat, 19/09/2015 - 06:41

This is a very unique Australian tour (according to the tag the shirt was screen-printed in Australia), Once Upon the Cross longsleeve. What makes this so unique, as far as I know, is that it is either one of very few, or actually the only shirt design ever made for "Once Upon..." with the inner, uncensored art of Jesus being autopsied, printed against a large white background. The white background, especially on a black shirt, frames the Jesus art and makes it "pop" just like it does on the inside of the CD and on the original LP inner sleeve.

All other shirts from this album that I've seen have cut out the Jesus image and placed him against the black background of the t-shirt itself, making it look like almost every other Deicide shirt; or, the shirt depicts the bloodied white sheet from the actual album cover- which was a concession to censorship in an attempt to get it on more record store shelves (and actually turns out to make the album art more interesting overall, leaving something shocking to be revealed inside). However, on a shirt this image just looks like a bloody white sheet to anyone unfamiliar with the album and its inner art.
All this being said, in my humble opinion, this particular shirt is not only the best Once Upon the Cross shirt ever made but arguably the best, or at least most graphically interesting, Deicide shirt ever made.

The screen printing has seen better days. The white on the front is faded with small chipping of the ink, same deal on the back print. The black shirt itself is faded and soft- which doesn't bother me at all.
Finally, it must be noted that this shirt is autographed by Glen Benton on the front, where he also drew a "Trifixion". The Trifixion is more clear than the autograph these days due to fading.

I, memorably, had the pleasure of seeing Deicide in 1993 at The Bayou on K st. in Washington DC when they were touring in support of Legion. But this Once Upon the Cross shirt was an eBay purchase.
If anyone from the tshirtslayer community can provide more info on this shirt- like, is it only an Australian tour shirt or was this sold elsewhere on that tour?- it would be much appreciated.

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Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed
Rare Deicide Once Upon the Cross Australian Tour Longsleeve, Benton autographed

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