Black Leather "Pimp" Jacket, circa 1973: Baaad To The Bone Be a badass motherfucker or just try to look like one, sucker. On the heels of "Black Is Beautiful" and the Black Power movement came this superfly evolution of the Black Panther's trademark leather coat; the lapels got wide, the waist got slim, and the bottom flared like everything else. Afro not included. This is a commonly recurring silhouette, because it's flattering, but the impact just isn't the same if you're not walkin' the walk and talkin' the talk.</end>

Patron Saint: Iceberg Slim
Image Makers: Shaft, Pam Grier, Angela Davis
Soundtrack: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Parliament/Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone
Screen: "Foxy Brown," "Sweet Sweetback's Badddasss Song," "Get Christie Love"
Technology: 8-Track
Drug Of Choice: Cocaine
Wheels: Gran Torino
Soundtrack '96: Luscious Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. Dre, Warren G & G-Funk
Runway '96: Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana
Last Seen: On Samuel Jackson in "Pulp Fiction"

Luscious Jackson
Dr. Dre
Quentin Tarantino
STEFFIE NELSON is a poet, journalist and editor of the zine Luster. The Salvation Army figures prominently in some of her fondest memories.

Photos by Greg

****Special thanks to the stores who provided us with clothing for this layout:

Screaming Mimi's, 382 Lafayette St., NY NY 10012; 212 677-6464
Cheap Jack's, 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; 212-777-9564

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