Getting older doesn't mean losing your rebelliousness, but rather expressing it less brazenly -- maybe you used to show your love of metal with bitchin' tattoos, while now you're content to RATT & Roll on your tangerine iPod. Keeping their badass going, softly, The Rowdy Collection
From ATL's Dallas Austin (produced Madonna, Fishbone; boy-sat Boys II Men), Rowdy's new stuff covers a fuller range of wardrobe needs, maintaining the brand's militant-punk spirit but dialing back its former motley-colored stridence. New torso-wear includes the short-sleeved, surprisingly nightlife-friendly Military Shirt (dusky black, w/ embroidered starred chest pockets), the polar brigade-style Shirt Jacket (white, w/ gold zip, pocketed sleeves, and riotous b&w collage lining), and tees like the black & platinum, ransom note-styled "War, Peace, Rowdy", "Rowdy in the U.S.A." (winged logo, lightning bolts as US flag stripes), and "War Is(nt) Over", with the "nt" spray-painted on, just as it is on Dennis Kucinich's garage door. There's also modestly edgy bottom-wear: the Canvas Jean denim, with leather backside lightning bolts and gold bolt chain accessory; Scottish Plaid Shorts w/ leather star patches on back pockets; and the Boxing Canvas Bathing Suit (white, with thick black outline and black bolt on right leg bottom) -- styled as boxing trunks, much better than your Julio Speedo Chavez getup
Some of the new retains the old's overt aggression, notably the crystal-cuffed Anarchy Hoodie: b&w US flag-backed, w/ a mohawked dude and instigations like "Revolt", "Chaos", and "Kill Your Idols" -- a redundant sentiment when VH1 has already beaten you to the punch.