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Hand Painted Jackets (and some are for sale)

Always loved hand painted coats and jackets – bombers, motorcycle cuts, hippy band jackets, etc. I’ve been painting them off and on for years – painting more now. I love commissions so If you’ve got something you want painted drop me a line – jon@jonmwessel.com.

David Bowie - Aladin Sane on 1970's vintage Levi's trucker jacket - SOLD

David Bowie – Aladin Sane on 1970’s vintage Levi’s trucker jacket – SOLD

 

Adam Ant - 90's era blue leather women's jacket. Size 10. $500.

Adam Ant – 90’s era blue leather women’s jacket. Size 10. $500.

 

Andrew W.K. - Lee trucker jacket - Commission - SOLD

Andrew W.K. – Lee trucker jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Lady Gaga - Red leather women's motorcycle jacket - Commission - SOLD

Lady Gaga – Red leather women’s motorcycle jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Buxom Fruit Label - 70's levi's trucker (painted around 1986) - $525

Buxom Fruit Label – 70’s levi’s trucker (painted around 1986) – $525

 

Siouxie Sioux - Flash art style on Levi's 80's era M trucker jacket - $399

Siouxie Sioux – Flash art style on Levi’s 80’s era M trucker jacket – $399

 

Siouxie Sioux - Detail

Siouxie Sioux – Detail

 

Johnny Cash - Flash art style on 80's-90's era Lee Trucker jacket XL - $399

Johnny Cash – Flash art style on 80’s-90’s era Lee Trucker jacket XL – $399

 

Johnny Cash - Detail

Johnny Cash – Detail

 

Apollo Butterfly on 70's era all leather 3/4 trench - $525

Apollo Butterfly on 70’s era all leather 3/4 trench – $525

 

Butterfly Detail

Butterfly Detail

 

Baby Bowie - Kids (5-7) vintage levi's mini trucker. $99.

Baby Bowie – Kids (5-7) vintage levi’s mini trucker. $99.

 

Trick R Treat - Sam on kids Levi's jacket - NSF

Trick R Treat – Sam on kids Levi’s jacket – NSF

 

Trick R Treat - Sam detail

Trick R Treat – Sam detail

 

Lil Nick (Cave) - Little kids levi's jacket - $99.

Lil Nick (Cave) – Little kids levi’s jacket – $99.

 

Lady Bug - Extra small little kids levi's jacket - $85.

Lady Bug – Extra small little kids levi’s jacket – $85.

Painted WWII Bomber Jackets

The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is an American military flight jacket originally invented and developed for and closely associated with World War II U.S. Army Air Forces pilots, navigators and bombardiers, who often decorated their jackets with squadron patches and elaborate artwork painted on the back. Sometimes casually referred to as a bomber jacket, its original designation was “Jacket, Pilot’s (summer)”, and its wartime usage was limited neither to pilots nor to bomber crews.

In WWII almost any kind of paint that could be used was used. Enamels if they could get it, lead based aviation paint, oil paint… whatever the ‘artist’ could get their hands on. Some squadron artists could only get their hands on yellow airplane paint, so the artwork on the jacket was done in yellow. As troops settled in, painting flight jackets became a cottage industry for the local artisans. Since some of the paints were not meant to be used on leather, they rubbed off, flaked off, and faded.                          Thanks to www.vintag.es
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