Formed in the New York city neighbourhood of Forest Hills in 1974, The Ramones are often cited as the first band to define the punk-rock sound. Despite only achieving limited commercial success, the band was a major influence in the punk movement in both the United States and the United Kingdom. To form part of their uniform look, every band member was known to sport white canvas trainers. Essential facets of their adopted look comprised long hair, leather jackets, T-shirts, torn jeans and, of course, white canvas sneakers.
This carefree style became the mainstay of punk fashion. It was a fashion that emphasized minimalism: a powerful influence on the New York punk scene. Tommy Ramone recalled that, both musically and visually, ‘we were influenced by comic books, movies, the Andy Warhol scene, and avant-garde films.’
The band also produced iconic T-shirts, featuring their band logo—a circle of all their names surrounding an all-American eagle gripping a baseball bat in its talons. For a long time, the T-shirts were the band’s only source of income and they are still desireable to this day—highlighting the enduring appeal of The Ramones aesthetic.