“Nothing comes between me and my Calvins.”
To patent and evade history
Legal primitive accumulation
Riveting stress points
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
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.