the jacket

So, a few posts back I was gushing about the YYYs 'Zero' video and Karen O.'s studded leather jacket. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

Because it's been everywhere. Lucky for me, I have a black leather jacket that I think will work for a DIY version. So I've decided to go for it. But it's definitely going to take a long time.

Mine has a different design on the back than Karen O's, though – I couldn't put her initials on it. Although I guess KO could have stood for 'knock off. ' I didn't quite know how to start, so I looked to the mother of DIY. No, not Martha. The other mother. I'm talking about punk rock.

I'm going the slow and painful route ... best demonstrated here. Using nothing but an x-acto, needle nose pliers, and my fingers. I really think it's the only way that works.

I have to admit that I broke down and bought a Bedazzler after a few nights of finger torture, but the bad reviews are spot on – that thing sucks. (Cheap plastic, doesn't set the prongs correctly, your studs keep falling out... really not a fun experience.) So I returned it. Besides, the hardcore kids have done this by hand since, well, forever. Punks don't Bedazzle, I can assure you. So late at night, I sit on the floor with my Bad Religion playlist and work on the jacket.

Lots of punk jacket inspiration here. No pain, no gain. Get your leather, leather, leather, leather on. (also, happy birthday Dad!)


  1. Good luck!You have alot more patience than I do! lol
    Can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. that is gonna be so cool! i wonder if a paper piercer would help? give us some peeks so we can cheer you on!!

  3. Oh my god, that jacket is perfection. Good luck, I can't wait to see the results!

  4. Oh cant wait to see how your's comes out. Gonna be awesome:)

  5. you are a patient woman. i can't wait to see it!

  6. one of Bo's coworkersMay 26, 2009 8:19 AM

    Are you crazy?! You will work your fingers to the bone. Enjoy!

    (Congrats on your DM Register coverage, too! Will you be selling studded leather jackets at the market?)

  7. I can't wait to see your finished jacket! It will be completely brilliant!!

    <3 B

  8. you have such a great pose. i love to see your collection. nice work

  9. cool jacket!
    great outfit!

  10. I love this jacket, too. She's affiliated with KnockOut makeup, so I wondered if this wasn't a way to promo them. They make this incredible matte nailpolish that I want. You have to order it through Henry Bendel Concierge, I think.

    *Verification word = geopyrm. Sort of what YYY Karen's hair is.

  11. I spent about a week studding a leather jacket. I don't wear it a whole lot anymore, but I thought it looked pretty good. I used to put on SImpsons dvd's and go at it. I used a pocket knife and needle nose pliers.

  12. I am totally inspired like you however I am lucky enough to have a husband that has a hobbie in leather proper tools are key, and cheap! Good luck.


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