The black leather jacket has been the siren of cool for decades. As some or you know I ride a Sportster Harley Davidson and that means I get to hang out in the biker world from time to time. This involves a lot of cruising about in the sun and going on long trip to buy petrol. Spain is a good place to do this and the groups of bikers who congregate here are the same the world over, so is their apparel. Although here in the heat, they do tend to rip off their sleeves, but the colours and the back patches still blaze out.
Leather jackets were first made in the standard issue sense as protective warmth for pilots in World War 1. It was a logical step for the long jackets to be shortened and adapted with wind-fighting belts, buckles and asymmetrical zips for motorcyclists and they made it part of their identity ever since. I am investigating, with this work, the biker jacket as a form of armour, the individual identities of the wearers is also very clear. They are like charm bracelets for bikers in many ways. Interesting too are the performance and stage jackets worn by musicians and actors, they are like magic cloaks, but in the same way a biker wears his jacket to afford some element of invincibility, so too does the performer.