TEENAGE REBEL’S HAND-DRAWN ROCK’N’ROLL JACKET.

January 23, 2015 | Categories: news
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Americans have a long-standing tradition of defacing their own clothing with imagery both crude and elegant. From the scrawled-upon collegiate Beer Jackets of the Roaring 20s – to the heroically painted USAAF A-2 bomber jackets of World War Two – to the modern genius Tiger Moody’s nightmarish tees and sweats of today.
This fine example of apparel graffiti (rendered on a 1970s South Korean-manufactured suede ‘East West Musical Instruments’-style jacket) dates back to roughly 1982 and features the portraits of the artist’s favorite rock stars. Included amongst the roster are Paul Stanley, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, and the immortal Glimmer Twins; all rendered in deftly applied Sharpie marker (the preferred tool of the era.)
Just a quick glance at this piece is all one needs to be rocketed back in time; perhaps to a high school bathroom in the rural Midwest, a Marlboro nervously glued to the lower lip; thoughts of sex, parental-liberation, and the weekend’s upcoming Toto concert rushing through one’s brain.
All of the best vintage clothes are essentially time-machines.
(The wearers carry the keys.)

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