He was of course trying to justify the fact that he had just robbed some poor unfortunate "mummy-irons-my-jeans-with-designer-holes" punk rocker.
This was of course long after Edith Piaf, inspired by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots immortalised this item of clothing in L'Homme à la moto
Il portait des culottes des bottes de moto, un blouson de cuir noir avec un aigle sur le dos...
Sa moto qui partait comme un boulet de canon
Semait la terreur dans toute la région.....
He wore motorbike pants and boots,
A black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.
His motorbike went like a cannonball
Spreading terror in the entire region.
The music spells danger, the guy sports an Eagle on the back of his black leather jacket, there is the essential sense of impending doom...
A black leather jacket (BLJ) - and it HAS to be black - spells, youth, rebellion, rock and roll, bad boys, Altamont, even drugs. A BLJ oozes masculinity and freedom, it oozes danger and desire, hence, I guess, its ridiculously frequent recurrence in the world of fashion.
But boys beware! Because of its iconic associations, the BLJ is tough to wear. Despite its simplicity pulling off a BLJ is tricky, and if I may, here some useful tips from the very best.
Exhibit 1 - Marlo Brando in The Wild One
Exhibit 2 - Jimmy Dean
The T-shirt is white, It can only be a regular undershirt –crew cut- t-shirt. In Grease, Travolta wears it in tucked into his pants, another difficult one it pull off, if you dont have a six pack.
Exhibit 3 - The rock guys
Exhibit 5 - Peter Fonda in Easy Rider
The "Captain America' is a very different type of BLJ and is reported to have been designed by Peter Fonda and made by "two little old ladies" in Los Angeles. Ms. Amberg was reportedly the first person to mix colorful leathers to produce distinct jackets. Back then, the motorcycle jackets were predominantly black and it would probably be confusing to figure out who was who during a race. She was also the first woman owner of a motorcycle jacket company.
Fonda is reported to have worn that jacket until it wore out. Yes guys a BLJ isn't just for Chritsmas!
Most importantly watch carefully how Fonda mixes a psychedlic shirt, a neck tie and killer shades.
Essentially behind its mask of harshness, the BLJ is an über-romantic item of clothing to pick. It is a brave choice, one which reveals in fact much femininity in a guy, since flashing a BLJ is actually a strong stylistic choice that not all males are prepared to do. Let's just say that the BLJ is to men what the LBD is to women, deceptively simple, It is an essential item of clothing for the guy who can wear it.
So has your man been a bad boy lately?
Oh, and one last credibility test. If your guy cannot say the following convincingly:
- We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! ... - Heavenly Blues, aka Peter Fonda, The Wild Angels
He just isn't cut for the BLJ.
Yes life is unfair, and then you die!