Alkaline Trio’s iconic Heart & Skull symbol has come to represent more than the viscerally creative band, their deeply connective albums and the label imprint partnered with Epitaph Records that releases their music. While it does symbolize those things, the instantly recognizable logo tattooed on the bodies, hearts and minds of supporters worldwide also denotes a diverse but decisive lifestyle equal parts passion and dedication. It’s a commitment to the triumph of the outsider.
Those who display the emblem do so as a badge, a show of unity in individuality. Like the skeleton-with-a-martini attached to Social Distortion, the Crimson Ghost associated with the Misfits or the “bars” intrinsically linked to Black Flag, Alkaline Trio’s logo is representative of subculture itself; a type of victory, through longevity and purpose, that transcends arbitrary commercial appeal and celebrity groupthink.
Tickets to the band’s forthcoming performance at Showbox SoDo with special guests together PANGEA and Sharp Shock can be found here.