This exclusive collection handmade by artist Johnny Smoke, combines various rare and iconic vintage patches and accessories with 100% vintage & original vietnam war jackets to create a unique one of a kind wearable piece of art and history.
Features of "Gonzo":
This piece is inspired by the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson. A voice I wish we still had around today. This original battle worn vietnam field jacket is a style you would easily see Hunter wearing.
RARE - vintage Indian Motorcycle patch:
This patch is super vintage from my personal collection. Just like the man himself, I've never been able to find another one like it. A tribute to Hunter's love of motorcycles and his book "Hell's Angels".
Vintage 60's Hell's Angels pin:
Another tribute to Hunter's first book 'Hell's Angels". This is an original vintage motorcycle pin often worn by members of the Hell's Angels.
Vintage 1970's Las Vegas pin:
"So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark-that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”
Original Vietnam 5th special forces Bat Patch:
“We can't stop here, this is bat country!”
The artwork of Ralph Steadman became synonymous with Hunter's writing and his "Gonzo journalism" persona. This original Vietnam war 5th special forces Bat patch is not only a nod to the iconic work and contributions of Ralph Steadman's art; it represents an elite group. And both of these men truly comprise an elite group of creative genius. The 5th Special Forces Group saw extensive action in the Vietnam War and played a pivotal role in the early months of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Zulu Company - Grim Reaper patch & hand painted ink splatter:
Thompson was discharged from the Air Force in November 1957 as an airman first class, his commanding officer having recommended him for an early honorable discharge. ... "Sometimes his rebel and superior attitude seems to rub off on other airmen staff members."
The addition of this patch (accented with Ralph Steadman-esq hand painted ink splatters) is inspired by the edge Hunter walked. A seeming fearlessness in the face of any obstacle that might dare to stand in his way.
The first element of the 101st Airborne, the 1st Brigade arrived in Vietnam in July 1965 an remained until 1972. They served 1,573 days in the war. During the Vietnam War, American GIs began a tradition of placing the ace on a dead body, or leaving it in a village. Thus ideas like “being aced” were linked to death and dying.
Hand stitched Name tape:
The name synonymous with his legacy, "Gonzo" is hand stitched on this custom name tape.
Gonzo pin (Reproduction):
The "Gonzo fist", characterized by two thumbs and four fingers holding a peyote button, was originally used in Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. It has become a symbol of Thompson and gonzo journalism as a whole. This pin is a reproduction of the pin frequently worn by Hunter during his campaign. Later he would use this symbol as a design for the funeral cannon that fired his ashes over the mountains. The cannon was reportedly completed by Johnny Depp for an estimated 3 million dollars.
Replica Las Vegas Visor:
This jacket would not be complete without Hunter's famous visor. Comes with a reproduction Las Vegas visor like the one worn by Johnny Depp in the movie "Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas".
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