How to decorate a punk leather jacket

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How to decorate a punk leather jacket
The leather jacket is essential to the punk rocker look. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

If you want to be a punk rocker, you have to look the part. A Mohawk is fine. Piercings are great. Combat boots are even better. But, there is one thing that no true punk should ever be without: his or her black leather motorbike jacket. The punk rock explosion that began in 1976 made leather jackets cool. But to ensure that a leather jacket is fit for a punk, it's important to make a few changes to its appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Safety pins
  • Buttons
  • Badges
  • Studs
  • Stitching awl

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    Black leather rebellion

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    No self-respecting punk wants a leather jacket that looks shiny and brand new. It should appear worn, lived in, and scarred from the battering it has taken in the mosh-pits. Fortunately, there are ways and means to make a new leather jacket look like it has taken a beating at a punk gig. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. Then, carefully spray the liquid onto the entire exterior of the jacket. Ensure that the jacket is wet, but not soaking. Allow the rubbing alcohol to dry at room temperature. The drying process will cause weathering and creasing to the material. The result: a new jacket that now has lots of punk rock character.

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    All punks have their favourite bands; something they're not afraid to share. To make a leather jacket really stand out, pin band-based badges and buttons to the front of the jacket . Bright, multicoloured buttons will really contrast against black leather. In keeping with old-school punk, attach safety pins, of varying sizes, to the zipper, the cuffs, and the collar of the leather jacket. Make sure that the collar is always in a turned up position. A turned down collar on a black leather jacket is not cool in punk circles.

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    Silver-coloured, chrome-plated studs can really make a black leather jacket stand out. Adding studs to a leather jacket is not difficult. First, obtain a stitching awl. This is a sharp, pointed tool designed to penetrate leather. Make a small incision through the back of the jacket with the awl. The studs have two tabs hanging below them. Push the tabs through the small hole made by the awl. Only the stud itself should be visible on the outer-side of the jacket. Then, fold the tabs flat and tight against the inside of the jacket. Doing so will ensure that the stud stays firmly in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different coloured badges and buttons. Insert studs into the collar and cuffs of a leather jacket.
  • Never apply rubbing alcohol to a leather jacket near an open flame. Rubbing alcohol is highly flammable.

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