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Urban Outfitters 'Punk' Jacket Inspires Scorn, Amusement, Self-Pity


In the wake of its release, Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed ["The Man Who Sold the World"] himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, '**** you, you little tosser!"

-- Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie

I can't figure out who saw it first -- DangerousMinds? Someone on Facebook? -- but I wasn't surprised when Gavin McInnes jumped on the "Urban Outfitters 'Punk' Jacket" meme.

Urban Outfitters, you see, occasionally sells one-of-a-kind vintage fashion finds on their website.

To the palpable disgust of many GenXers, one of these "finds" went on sale this week.

It's the $375 "punk" jacket you're looking at at the top of this post.

If you don't immediately recognize all the factors that make this jacket the exact opposite of punk -- and therefore a matter we all need to talk about right away and for three whole days in great detail -- then I can't be friends with you either keep reading or, well, don't I guess.

I was particularly eager to learn McInnes' take on this.

You may know him as a regular guest on Fox News' Red Eye. He's also the author of The Death of Cool (which used to have a more, well, punk title...)

Canadians of a certain age know McInnes better as a founder of the once awesome Montreal-based Vice magazine, which is now just an international "content provider" phenomenon owned by some giant media conglomerate.

In the old days, Gavin's "Do's and Don'ts" section, mocking street fashion disasters with exquisite, withering precision, was some of the finest miniaturist writing anywhere.

McInnes is also, like me, a former punk -- although like the Marines, we tend not to accept the "former" designation with graciousness.

The temperaments and attitudes that attracted us to punk are ones we were likely born (and stuck) with, even if our hair is now more likely to be grey than green.