I sell basic-black Yiddishe Cup T-shirts. Tees with the band’s logo superimposed in white.
East Coasters buy the tees just for the look.
The tee is a limited edition. Probably about 750 of them in the world. I don’t advertise. You have to be invited to wear one.
Sometimes I get a photo from, say, Mount St. Helens, Wash., of a man in a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt. I had played his wedding. Or a photo of a Missoula, Mont., man wearing a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt. He works on a cattle ranch.
I give the T-shirts to newlyweds and bar mitzvah moms. Or the bat mitzvah kid, herself, if I think she’s woman enough to handle the peer harassment.
I once saw a young man on Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, in a Yiddishe Cup T-shirt, with black jeans. A Cup-head. I asked him where he got the tee. He said at a thrift store for $1.