From Jerry to dancing bears to the Steal Your Face logo

How Taylor Welch Amassed the Greatest Collection of Vintage Grateful Dead Tees on Earth

From Jerry to dancing bears to the Steal Your Face logo, Welch will sell you anything you can dream up- DANIEL SHAPIRO

Welcome to the most recent portion of The Collectors, a series in which InsideHook profiles individuals behind noteworthy private assortments.

From the tape dealers to the fans that chased after the band on many a visit, consistently, few fanbases have stayed as fanatic as Deadheads. Also in spite of the fact that he wasn’t even alive when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, Taylor Welch is evidence that the heritage isn’t disappearing at any point in the near future. Welch has amassed perhaps the biggest assortment of Grateful Dead shirts and psychedelia known to mankind. His reserve of normal and difficult to-track down tees has earned the consideration of genuine Deadheads and famous people the same, from entertainer Jonah Hill to rappers Flatbush Zombies to gourmet specialist and TV star Matty Matheson.

This previous June, Welch left his home in St. Simons, Georgia, with a vehicle brimming with official and contraband shirts and made a beeline for New York City for a spring up shop and a few private deals arrangements. What’s more obviously, an evening of the band’s most recent emphasis, Dead and Company, at Citi Field. InsideHook found him to discover how he got the Instagram handle @Deadhead, his beloved one of a kind obtaining story and where he trusts this broad assortment may wind up.


What did you sell before all the Grateful Dead stuff?

My Instagram name was SupremeDeadhead because I resold streetwear to buy vintage Dead shirts. Supreme, Palace when it first came out, other stuff.

Will people care about the Grateful Dead in 50 years?

Absolutely. Aside from the music being timeless because it’s a melting pot of every genre of music at the time, the iconography and ephemera resonates with people even before they hear the songs. It’s never going ot go out of style because it was never meant to be in style. 

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