Blue Jeans

Francis Raven


“Nothing comes between me and my Calvins.”

To patent and evade history

Legal primitive accumulation

Riveting stress points

white warp

navy woof

Born dark and hard

For the laborer needs color

While the dandy can afford to weakly fade.


Choice, symbolizing the American goodlife,

is our common dilemma.

Value is the faded,

Darkest is the dorkiest,

But the almost nonexistent lightest is the

Easiest to wear


Appearance of natural


You know

We’re not old.


They don’t look actually worn, staring,

The design, a little too precise,

Whether crosses or lightening bolts,

Is not the voice of man,

But a techno representation of our smoky steps.

Against the tragic acidwash: to pummel with stone,

Scrape, like teeth scrape mango from the skin,

Beneath dye’s penetration.


“Ergo, the longer the wash, the lighter the jeans.”

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis’s 1873 patent (# 139,121) was for an “Improvement in “Fastening Pocket-Openings.”

‘Denim’ is derived from ‘serge de nimes’ & ‘Jeans’ is derived from ‘Genoese.’

Levi’s 501’s come in 108 sizes and 20 different fabrics.

A stonewash for 150 pairs of jeans takes 150 kilos of pumice stone and more than 750 liters of water.

Euphemism Campus Box 4240 Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4240