The Hysterics are a hardcore band from Olympia that I've been meaning to see for awhile now, but the only thing I've heard about them is the magical Shannen Hansen from Diver Down plays drums for them now and that the banner they hang up at shows has bloody tampons arranged like the Black Flag bars. I'm 100 percent sure I'm gonna catch the next show because they won my heart over forever when I saw their open letter to Green Day that they posted on their blog concerning the absorbency of Green Day's dynamite tampon shirt.
Dear Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool,
We are writing in response to a graphic used on tee shirts by your rock group "Green Day" in which four blood-soaked tampons are placed upside-down, perhaps as a feminist appropriation of the "Black Flag bars" as a response to the patriarchal machismo of the "hardcore scene" in which we both grew up. My initial response was one of shock and disappointment due to the fact that the portrayal of "tampon bars" has been a longstanding symbol of our Washington-based feminist rock group "Hysterics" (see Exhibit A). However, the more I ponder the content of our little "coincidence," the more my concern grows regarding the absorbency of the tampons depicted on some of your tee shirts. Our tampons are well-used, sure, but the "Green Day tampons" are fully soaked in blood, which indicates to me that you may need to upgrade to higher-absorbency tampons in order to accommodate your heavy flow. There are many brands of "super" and "super plus" tampons that are widely available on the market. If we are correct in our assumption that you have released this tee shirt as a cry for help, we hope our suggestion will point you in the right direction and we wish you the best in finding the size/absorbency level to suit your needs.