Urban Outfitters Releases a "Punk" Jacket. The Decline of Western Civilization is Upon Us

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Retail giant Urban Outfitters has somehow done it again. For years, they've pushed the envelope flooding the marketplace with faux vintage t-shirts into pop culture, which has devalued fans of the true vintage concert shit, like myself. However, nothing could have prepared me for their bastardization of punk and everything it once stood for.

As you can see in the above photo, Urban is using the name of preeminent punk bands the Sex Pistols and the Clash to sell vintage "punk" leather jackets for the low sum of $375. Yes, a jacket that in 1976 that punk rockers made themselves for probably next to nothing now costs as much as a car payment.

It would be one thing if Urban sold this as a one of a kind item or even an extremely limited run. At minimum that would save some face and not make this as blatant of a rip off as the Led Zeppelin 1977 U.S. tour shirt. But no, it seems like these jackets are readily available, which not only cheapens the brand of these bands, but the store as well.

Punk originally started off as not a musical movement, but as a fashion statement. For those of you who don't know, here's a quick history lesson. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood were at the forefront of punk, not because of McLaren's astute ears, but their knowledge of the scene and putting the entire package of a band together. From music to wardrobe to everything, he was the force behind punk (having a store named Sex, especially in London, didn't hurt his cred with regards to this either).

That's why it's a bit appalling to see the retailer try to capitalize on something so far removed, like punk rock, that it's kind of weird. Not so much that they're trying to make a quick buck, that's understandable, but the timing. Yes, fall is about to be in season, but who in their right mind would plunk down the bucks for something like this when they could get something less offensive (and probably a better product) for much less. You can even pin your own punk band or your friend's band's logo on your jacket and have more street cred than wearing this. Instead of being laughed at for wearing faux vintage gear, you'd be cool.



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zandalari
zandalari

Rediculous fashion for rediculous people

creaturefiend317
creaturefiend317

You bloody morons. Did you even LOOK at the listing?

This jacket was NOT mass-produced. It was a one-of-a-kind "vintage find" item, meaning some asshole found it in a thrift store and decided to resell it. 

Directly from the details section:

"
- Each piece is unique - we only have one available and it can only be purchased by a single customer"


This is some of the laziest journalism I've ever seen.  

derickiwedge
derickiwedge

If a person was wearing that at a punk show, they would get jumped. Some of those bands don't like each other, and a REAL punk wouldn't be caught merging the bands, ie Crass hated The Clash.


JohnWoodall
JohnWoodall

I like some punk bands but definitely cannot claim "I'm punk" on any level at all.  I can say, that after reading some of the whiney comments here, that a lot of people are confusing "punk" with "emo." 

Senior.Tosser
Senior.Tosser

Wow, what lazy journalism, repeated throughout the world. This wasnt released by Urban Outfitters, they are just selling  a one off, old vintage stupid punk jacket that somebody bought and adapted ages ago. They are not making these. Maybe you should read the website before you put this up...amazing, but at least you gave a crap store like Urban Outfitters tons of free press! hey

Regina Lopez
Regina Lopez

RIDICULOUS!!!!!! AND LAME! Real punks make their own jackets!

Stephanie Estrada
Stephanie Estrada

Have you read LA Weekly's article on the same jacket? What an idiot. Obviously they were never punk and don't know what they are talking about.

stephanie.estrada
stephanie.estrada

It looks rediculous! They didn't even try to make it look like it had patches sewn on. It looks like someone took a sharpie to it. Silly. None of us real punks back in the day would be caught dead in something like that. We all wore clothes that we made ourselves or that our friends made.

Greg Ridge
Greg Ridge

CrAss was anti consumerism and didn't want anyone to buy anything with "A"narchy on it if you had to pay tax....but go ahead , what the fuck do you guys know about it. Punk is Dead.

Nabil Nathie
Nabil Nathie

Only a loser would use a post about a jacket to cry about politics. Get over it loser

Dirk Griffin
Dirk Griffin

Note: If you can buy it at a store, it isn't punk.

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

GHEY! Where's Jello Biafra on this? When will he run for governor again?

Mike Riley
Mike Riley

Really ? Things have gotten bad !

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Yeah that reeks of plagiarism and cheap, prefabricated taste

Josh English
Josh English

......and just about your average Capitalist too. ;-)

Josh English
Josh English

Although, I didn't go to Dana either, so it doesn't matter. LMAO.

Josh English
Josh English

^OC Weekly, you really meant Mater Dei or Santa Margarita HS, right?

Anthem Atica
Anthem Atica

Damn straight Hanse. I remember some douche was wearing a Led Zeppelin tee once and was just so out of place and I asked "So what do you like about Led Zeppelin?" and this fuccen poser said "I think HE"S cool." So disgusting...

Anthem Atica
Anthem Atica

Hey Otis does your post mean what what I think it means? Is Henry ... ? I wondered about that.

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

My cargo vest says 'WAR TIME' , which was Henry's terrible 90s funk/rap band . Speaking of Henry , he would be happy to meet(meat) your zipper !

Likaia Demps
Likaia Demps

Oh lord no one is original anymore!!! So sad, come on people come up with something original!! Real punks are cringing right now!!!!

Deanna Trujillo-James
Deanna Trujillo-James

Hot Topic helped suburbanites become "punk" or "metal" overnight-(the ever so popular plaid pants w/ the fashionable clothes pins and creepers circa 1995)-Urban Outfitters just kicked a dead horse in the ass and it spat this out. The punkers i knew back in HS-their shit was whatever they could find/steal/make and make their own.

Eric Roper
Eric Roper

I remember drooling over clothes at the electric chair thinking "man, I'm not rich enough to be a punk!"

Meri Wagner
Meri Wagner

I'm a liberal and I would NEVER buy this jacket...except to burn it.

greatbritainhardcore
greatbritainhardcore

Well said Daniel! I just can't wait to point and laugh at someone I catch wearing this. :-)

Karen Davenport Cook
Karen Davenport Cook

Conservative's kids buy their own---with their own money? Really? Wow... they must have great jobs!

Karen Davenport Cook
Karen Davenport Cook

I will quote Bob Marley on this--"Yeah, it can be copied, but is not copy do it!" Look it up, hipsters...

Jay Sheepdogg Loudermilk
Jay Sheepdogg Loudermilk

You would have been a lamo and laughed at for wearing that wack jacket back in the day , so "yes" you are a double loser if you try to roll that now ! Hahahahaha

Erin Marie Miller
Erin Marie Miller

A jacket doesn't mean punk is dead. I know for a fact punk's not dead. I've been documenting punk rock to prove it for the last year and just went to a basement show that ended with a lotta blood on the walls and every single person leaving happy. Punk's alive and well. It just also happens to be getting plundered and pillaged at the moment. The Sex Pistols were formed by fashion ... Crass, however. That's another story. I think Urban Outfitters crossed the line on that one.

Tim Earley Illustration
Tim Earley Illustration

It's 2013...not 1977...for those who still believe 'For all those who seem to be offended

Nelson Mills
Nelson Mills

Next up is a serape that's muy autentico

Mike Torres
Mike Torres

"CBS promoted the Clash, not for revolution, just for cash!"

TruthHurts
TruthHurts

Crass,GBH,Sex Pistols, and The Clash all had to approve the use of their name for this jacket and either recieve huge money up front or a royalty on every jacket sold. If they didn't Urban Outfitters would have a massive lawsuit on their hands. Kind of sad when you think about it.

Dàrth Pöwers
Dàrth Pöwers

"Well the name is Crass not Clash they can stuff their punk credentials cuz it's them that take cash!" - Steve Ignorant

Highway39
Highway39

Took me one google search to find out the real story. This is embarrassing, OCW.

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