How to Dress Like a Metal Drummer
As much as you would love to deny it, you'll have to admit it at some point. Metal drummers look cool. You may want to dress like one yourself but not quite know how. In reality, it's fairly simple. You may even have the clothes in your own closet. Follow these steps to dress like a drummer from the Metal scene.
Research some Metal drummers. Before you can start dressing like a Metal drummer, you need to know what one or two actually look like. Now days, concerts aren't the only place you can see or meet a band. Websites like Google and Youtube give you an opportunity to see these drummers for free. Feel free to take advantage of this and start looking at pictures of:
- Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
- Mike Wengren (Disturbed)
- Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
- Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
- Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
- Your favourite Metal drummer
Get the hair. Metal drummers usually have fairly long hair. If you don't have or like long hair, short but thick hair will also work. They have this type of hair so when they headbang at the "break-down" of their songs, it will fly everywhere and look awesome. Due to all the headbanging and all the time they spend on tour, these Metal drummers' hair is usually un-brushed and a bit scruffy/messed up. You don't have to leave your hair un-brushed but headbanging and letting it fall out of shape never hurts.
T-shirts. Any Metal band t-shirt will do but drummers are sometimes known for being the funny and creative person in the band. For this reason, and to back up this stereotype, drummers are known for wearing shirts with funny quotes or pictures on them. Don't be afraid to wear something with a swear word or inappropriate language on it, they do wear shirts like that too. Anything that you stand for or believe can be worn on your t-shirt too.
Jeans. Skinny jeans, black jeans or distressed jeans all fit in with Metal drummers. They sometimes wear slightly looser jeans so they can use their double bass and hi-hat pedals easily. Whatever jeans you can find work well, as long as they are dark. Distressing and laddering jeans are two very popular techniques amongst Metal drummers, and the Metal scene as a whole.
Shoes. Shoes are obviously a must. The Metal and Punk scenes like to wear combat boots so they can stand firm in a mosh pit. While combat boots do look cool, they're not very practical when trying to use your double bass and high-hat pedals. Metal drummers like to wear Converse shoes and well-fitting Vans shoes. Vans slip-on shoes tend to slip off when you use your pedals but if they fit well on you, go for it.
- Watch some interviews and behind-the-scenes videos too see how Metal drummers dress off stage.
- Drummers are known for being the loud and rebellious type, try to create this image while still looking "metal".
- If you're not a Metalhead, real Metalheads may look down on you.