Wrap yourself in your passions!
After completing the hand painted leather jacket for the wonderful Vince Kidd ( see previous blog post for details ) I was asked to paint another leather jacket. This one for a lovely man called Lewis. The joy of making wearable art is that you can completely tailor a garment to reflect the wearers passions , and Lewis’s passion is the 80’s Vampire movie starring Kiefer Sutherland called The Lost Boys. I’m old enough to remember it the first time round and I must confess, I rather liked it
What is it about the vampire story that captures the imagination? The mean and moody atmosphere and aesthetic in the film was a perfect complement to the rock and roll cool of a leather jacket. I couldn’t wait to start!
Lewis wanted me to include the quote from the film: Sleep all day , Party all night, Never grow old, Never die a rock and roll quote if ever I’ve seen one. The lightning bolts were to give a jolt of electricity to the design and instead of flames licking the bottom of the jacket and cuffs, I was going to paint red , as if the leather itself was dripping into blood , a strange concept but I think fairly effective. The front was to be a little less dramatic with a few strategically placed details referencing the film.
So here is the finished jacket , first the front:
and the back
I was pretty pleased the way the design worked out. I love the way that Kiefer’s stare engages the person viewing the jacket from behind. It’s very suitably confrontational.
From a distance the design appears to be in black white and red, but on closer inspection , a very subtle colour palette is revealed.
Here are details of the front of the jacket:
I hope Lewis has many hours of happiness being wrapped in his own passions. He tells me he plans to wear it on a trip to Las Vegas. How exciting!
If you have a leather jacket you’d like me to customise and hand paint, do get in touch.