Earrings for Pantera

Here’s another questionable thing I’ve held onto for ages:

It’s an autographed photo of the band Pantera before they were famous.  In a frame with no glass. And no backing.

I acquired this in 1982, when they were hanging out at Hastings (Hasting’s?) records in the Ridgmar Mall to promote their debut album, Metal Magic.  My buddy Suzie and I didn’t know who they were, but they were a rock band, and we therefore loved them instantly.  The album cover art was a picture of a panther’s head on a man’s body drawn by a… like a teenage boy.  It seemed very homemade, like my Patriotic Fever record a few posts back for the 12 of you keeping up who I love more than anyone.

The band members were asking girls for their earrings.  Suzie and I either weren’t wearing them or the ones we were wearing were shitty.  So we went shopping in the mall for earrings to give to the band Pantera.  We went to Miss Bojangles, Accessory Lady — all over.  We found just the right ridiculous dangle ones.  They thanked us and were real nice to us, even though we did not buy the album.

My dad got me Metal Magic for my birthday or something, and boy, was it terrible.  There is an actual song on it called “Ride My Rocket.”  Even at 12 years old, I knew that was less than artful.  I was so disappointed — they were so cute!  Oh, well, there goes me getting in on the ground floor of a band that turns out to be famous.  What’s that you say?  They did become famous?  Gadzooks.

Please keep in mind that that one guy’s dead, and I’m a bit superstitious about throwing away things that dead people have signed and that also has their faces on it.  And P.S. I think that’s known as the Pantera font.

7 Comments on “Earrings for Pantera”

  1. Craig Rodgers says:


  2. Karri says:

    I’m torn. I’ve never thrown away anything that has been autographed. Also, it says you look great so I think you might have to keep it. Trash the frame. 🙂

  3. jason g. says:

    don’t know how i stumbled upon this, but.. I’m actually a pantera fan, and that’s a cool picture. 🙂 if you were thinking of just getting rid of it, i’l take it, or give you something for it? email. thanks.

    • Hmm. Let me think about it. I mean, on the one hand, I did create this blog to help me get rid of stuff. On the other hand, it does hold such a fond memory. On the third hand, I do have this blog to remember it!

      • jason g says:

        That’s cool! 🙂 i totally understand where you’re coming from. I’d just hate to see it “go to waste” if you didn’t really care to keep it. i can honestly say i’d be hanging it up next to my pantera posters and pantera stuff! haha.. But, definitely let me know if you do decide you don’t want to keep it laying around. 🙂

  4. Nick theodoratos says:

    This post is super old but if you still have this and are wanting to get rid of it I would purchase it from you. Let me know

    • Someone already did purchase it — I just gave it to them for the price of shipping, it was not in good shape. I can’t believe they got to be so famous! They were just a bunch of kids selling homemade records in a mall! 😉

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