Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke in an interview with Clash and explained his thoughts about the persons out there wearing Metallica t-shirts without knowing any of the band’s music. He said:
“[Laughs] Right. Well, let me tell you that when I designed the logo on a napkin in our little rehearsal room in Norwalk, California, never would I have thought it would be like Maytag or Volvo or something.
The barbed logo, the name, it’s almost household. Never would I have thought that. But in our silly thinking back then – you know, ‘We’re going to conquer the world and that’s it. We want our logo on everyone’s body at some point – it makes a good tattoo!‘ [Laughs]
I love graphics, graphic designing. If I wasn’t in a band, that’s probably what I would have been doing. I was loving designing t-shirts and logos. My mom was a graphic designer and decorator, so it made sense that I liked the art part as well, so I get to do both in this.
And merch puts a big smile on my face. When I see some kid out on the street with his parents and he’s got a Metallica shirt on, whether he’s heard of us or not, it’s a statement, you know? It is a statement, so I love that.”
Click here to entire interview on official website of Clash.
Recommended for you: James Hetfield Slams Kylie and Kendall Jenner: “Show Some Respect”