Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vintage Punk Leather Jackets

I just recently came across this collection of vintage punk leather jackets.

While I’ve never been a huge fan of punk aside from a week long stint as a shit-headed 19 year old kid who was actively rebelling against my comfortable financial situation, upward social mobility, and stable home life, the aesthetics of punk rockers have always amazed me.

Before the studs, spikes, and patches had been co-opted by couture designers, these things actually meant something. Part of a rebellious movement with legitimate political and socio-economic foundations, punk and its aesthetics was a vibrant sub-culture with its own unique language, symbols, and mythology.

I suppose no other article of clothing held so much power and communicated as much as the leather jacket in the punk ensemble, and man do they say a lot.

Leather jackets have always been cool, but DIY jackets that have been remade are even cooler.

Check out this collection of these bad boys that exude the DIY rebellion of it all.

On a side note, I recently ran into a friend who had somehow fallen into the New York punk rock scene. Apparently it is alive and thriving, although its adherents are still stuck in 1975 – the Ramones are still kings, the country is recovering from Watergate, and Margaret Thatcher is on the rise in England.

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