Why Does Biker Jacket Have Such a Cruisy History?

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    Mar 05, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
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    Following the explosive 1953 cinematic phenomenon of “The Wild One,” in which a young Marlon Brando famously dons a signature black version, subcultures began to fetishize the article of clothing. “You couldn’t get into a gay bar without wearing one,” recalls GQ’s “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, whose own collection includes one on which his friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, painted his signature “crown” on its back. During the 1980s, the Ramones and fellow punk bands trolling the East Village cemented its separatist status. And somewhere along the lines, the design seeped into more mainstream fashion and began popping up on runways.

    Jason Schott, whose great-grandfather Irving is largely credited with creating the original biker jacket in 1928 for the family’s American outerwear company, Schott, sometimes marvels at how the style has evolved into a fashion staple. “It’s the little black dress of men’s fashion,” says Schott, now C.E.O. of the brand, which still produces its original Perfecto jacket.

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    Mar 05, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    Yes, a fashion item every gay man should own.

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    Mar 05, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    Actually I think Tom of Finland helped to popularize the jacket among gay men. It's use by some gays likely predated his first depictions of them wearing it.

    I've read that the US biker counter-culture that arose after WWII gave gay men an opportunity and the inspiration to project an ultra masculine image. Plus bikers represented an outcast & rebellious sub-culture that resonated with many gays. The biker (or highway) jacket already long existed, and was also popular among motorcycle police, so it was borrowed as part of the tough post-war gay look.
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    Mar 05, 2014 3:25 AM GMT
    matching bottoms (figuratively)

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    Mar 05, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    ^ Giggles!
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    Mar 05, 2014 4:16 AM GMT
    The Fonzie jacket!
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    Mar 05, 2014 4:24 AM GMT
    Hmm... I had no idea that biker jackets were so cruisy!

    Now does mine say "I'm ready to cruise at a leather bar" or "I swear I'm old enough to get it to this leather bar!"

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    Mar 05, 2014 4:28 AM GMT
    Ha, funny… just today i bought a Guess brand Wool Moto jacket. Its firkin awesome… Its wool instead of leather… slightly more appropriate for my age. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 05, 2014 4:41 AM GMT
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    What a HOT man!
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidHmm... I had no idea that biker jackets were so cruisy!

    Now does mine say "I'm ready to cruise at a leather bar" or "I swear I'm old enough to get it to this leather bar!"

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    You look pretty good in leather. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    Hell, I had one at age 10 (1958 ). I *loved* it and have had several over my lifetime.
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    MikeW, Pictures! Love to see you in leather.
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidHmm... I had no idea that biker jackets were so cruisy!

    Now does mine say "I'm ready to cruise at a leather bar" or "I swear I'm old enough to get it to this leather bar!"

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    You didn't *KNOW* that is why we were all liking your FB pic???!!! icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 05, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidMikeW, Pictures! Love to see you in leather.

    Sorry, do not have a single one.
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    Mar 05, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidHmm... I had no idea that biker jackets were so cruisy!

    Now does mine say "I'm ready to cruise at a leather bar" or "I swear I'm old enough to get it to this leather bar!"

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    Why is this picture not in your profile….great pic of you!
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    Mar 06, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    Here's my Harley jacket, right after riding in the Twin Cities Pride Parade. It weighs about 15 pounds, really thick, not like some imitations.

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  • Mar 06, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    Love the look, I have one almost exactly like the one in your picture.

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    Mar 06, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    StrangerinParadise saidLove the look, I have one almost exactly like the one in your picture.

    If you mean MY picture, that was only my second Harley jacket (meaning it was branded by Harley Davidson and sold in their stores).

    I bought my first in 1967, I think for $50. In 1997, 30 years later, I had finally outgrown it, mainly around the waist, and the stitching was failing, so I bought this one pictured. It cost $550 - talk about inflation!
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    Because you just get on your bike and ride!
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidBecause you just get on your bike and ride!

    True. My Harley jacket above already had about 60,000 miles on it when that picture was taken. Lots of wind, sun, rain, and even some hail & snow gives it that weathered look that you don't get on a fashion jacket.

    My left shoulder has an AMA "Long Rider" patch on it, that means I had gone at least 250,000 miles on bikes (that was the highest designation they had then). My goal is to get back on a big bike again, a last hurrah, though my husband is against it. We'll see... icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 06, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
    This is the biker jacket I have.

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    Mar 06, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    LOL. Why did this thread get moved to the Arts and Entertainment sub?