In November of 1999, the hard rocking anti-establishment band Rage Against the Machine played two shows at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. Graphic artist Winston Smith thought his poster design represented the band perfectly. However, the legal council of Bill Graham Presents took one look at the poster and foresaw lawsuits by the largest corporations in the world. Although the posters were printed, they were never distributed to the public…until now!
The Vault's retro and vintage pin collection ranges from round, metal, campaign-style mementos of specific concerts, events and political statements to square tokens of promotional album imagery. Many bear the likeness of a performer, album cover or the salient graphic from a poster that advertised an event. Vintage pins from as early as 1966 tout the coolest shows and hottest rockers, while our retro designs bring the greatest icons of image and sound to the lapel and knapsack.