Bob Dylan’s seventh studio album, released in May of 1966 and also known as rock’s first monumental double album, was a creative climax that would forever change the way we regard folk music, Nashville recording sessions and Dylan himself. The lyrics have been described as “a unique mixture of the visionary and the colloquial.” Frank Ocean’s second studio album, released in August of 2016 after years of eager anticipation, is an experimental feat in eclectic collaborations, atmospheric vibes and sumptuously drifting melodies, said to be “cerebral, non-macho, boundary-free R&B.”
Enter a T-shirt from Digawel that cleverly blends R&B and rock and pays homage to two prolific, even revolutionary artists. The Japanese label clearly picked up on the fact that the albums have more in common than similar names, as both push, twist and contort the expected limits of their respective musical genres. (If there’s any confusion over the alternate spellings on the shirt, the Ocean’s album itself reads Blond, while it’s officially dubbed Blonde.) The records may have come out half a century apart, but all it takes is a few screen-printed words to remind us that good music is timeless.
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