Men’s Journal Explains It All

September 4, 2015

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Men's Journal Explains It All

Men’s Journal has published its fourth inspirational guide for aspirational outlaws so far this year – and it is barely September.

In January  the monthly guide to “men’s style, travel, fitness, food, drinks and adventures” ran an article titled “Riding High With Charley Hunnam” in which the Sons of Anarchy “bad boy agitator” describes the television series’ scripts as “some of the most daring, original and interesting pages I had ever read.” In February the magazine  published a breathless interview with Charles Falco, (also known as “Quickdraw, “Tijuana Charles” and Ashley Charles Wyatt) in a long feature story called “The Real Life Sons of Anarchy.” About a month ago the magazine ran a long, flattering and somewhat imaginary interview with former Hells Angel George Christie. This month it is an article titled “How to Dress Like TVs Baddest Bikers, The Sons of Anarchy.” This one is about “how good bike gear can look when done the right way.”

Leather And Denim

The magazine explains that “To create an authentic aesthetic, costume designer Kelli Jones, who recently worked on Straight Outta Compton, researched some of the most notorious biker gangs (yes, including that one you’re thinking about), and pulled the elements that she liked. Many of the items used were made for the long haul and only improved over time.”

Regardless of which “notorious biker gang” first springs to your mind this is what you are going to have to buy if you want people to give you your respect .

“The cut is the most important piece of clothing,” Jones explains and one of those, without any of those big patches on the back or little patches on the back will cost you about $280.

A leather jacket will cost $598. In order to make it look authentic, Jones suggests running back and forth over it with your car, if you own a car, “for a few days after purchasing.” If you live in Southern California, that will cost you at least $40 for gas.


Jones suggests you get yourself some Gildan 5000 Heavy Cotton T-Shirts for about five dollars each and a pair of 501 Original Shrink-To-Fit Levi’s which Men’s Journal says will cost $68. “It’s all about cuts that are classic, rugged, and comfortable for long rides,” the magazine explains.

You’re also going to need a pair of Red Wings Heritage Engineer Boots for $320 and at least one “Arch Wing Skull Ring” for $670

Who got $1,941 for a complete costume with one t-shirt but no gasoline or patches?

“Now,” Men’s Journal concludes, “all that is missing is the bike.”

You can print out your shopping list here.


107 Responses to “Men’s Journal Explains It All”

  1. dogbreath Says:

    Thanx for the heads up about Prison Blues and Wild Ass jeans. I’ve been buying Rustler brand jeans from Walmart for years because they are cheap, $10 or $11 bucks the pair. Reasonably comfortable and durable, but I have been looking for something in a heavier denim.

    I do have a nice new shiny leather vest. The old Levi jacket that I cut the arms off of in 1975 completely disintegrated and had to be replaced, but I admit it is just a bit too new and stiff and shiny right now (and yeah, you can still see the creases from when it was folded and stored). No patches or pins or any other flashy shit as decoration, though. I was going to go to that site with all the club colors and become a Hells Angel, but I couldn’t decide on a chapter, and all that sewing seemed like too much work for a guy without an old lady. Hoping against hope for the iron-on versions to come out – or are those reserved for the urine odor only?

    For all the years that I did not own a motorcycle, I also did not wear any gear that made it appear as though I did. Somehow, whether it was the tattoos, overall hairy appearance or just my attitude – I always seemed to meet the same people and forge the same relationships. Ultimately it is about the man, not his clothes or other associates or even motorcycles.

  2. Hans Says:

    “Leather ‘gimp’ hood with full mouth zipper.” That’s frickin hilarious! It’s been a while since I’ve seen that movie. Pulp Fiction, and of course since we’re talking Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs, have both got to be on the top all-time great movie list. They both have unforgettable scenes, not to mention memorable quotes.

    Regarding my gear:
    This large land mammal has to buy stuff with lots of “X’s in the sizing label and the boots have to be triple-wide too. It makes for hard to find gear that would never make the biker fashion cut. But then again, I don’t give a shit whether I style up!


  3. Mama G Says:

    @Tooj thanks for the vision!!! Lol!!

    It’s pretty hard to take a “How to Dress like a Biker” article seriously but then again, there are blogs, videos etc for chics on how to dress if you are, or want to, date a biker. Swear to gawd!! I laughed sooooo hard when someone showed me the “instructions” on how to look and act like a biker chic. Pug-peeze!!!

  4. dogbreath Says:

    I was at work this evening tugging at my chin whiskers when I realized that even though I have been blessed with the wonderful article on how to be a styling bikie, I have no idea on the current thinking on facial hair!

    So I am wondering where to find find an article that will hip me to the latest trends in Outlaaw Mustachios and the like. I don’t so much ‘grow a beard’ as I just can’t be bothered to shave, so I have no skills at trimming or shaping or sculpting these wild face wires – they just kinda pop out and head in whatever direction they choose. I am sure I will probably need a professionals help once I have determined what the proper look is to match my new apparel, I just hope my dogs groomer is up to the task and doesn’t leave me with little dangling poodle-balls at the end of a bunch of jiz-curls!

  5. Roadside Says:

    Stopped into a bar near home as I wound down my riding for the evening. Wearing my cut, an ol hamms beer tshirt, and lonnng denim shorts. Sketchers tennis shoes. A regular said something like “that’s not what a biker looks like” another quickly piped up with ” yeah, dontcha know wearing shorts is against the rules?”. To which I replied: what does a biker look like? There’s a dress code? Never give me or tell me there is a rule… ok yeah I understand shorts aren’t prolly the safest or most “biker” thing to wear on a ride. But its my ride, my life, and my bike. Btw what the fuck does a biker look like? Iol. Strange times we live in.

  6. Outrider Says:

    Back @ Grumbler.. no disrespect to your riding pard as I have one to. Here’s to lots of smiles an miles

  7. M E Says:

    Faded, comfortable, adorable, Wrangler jeans, comfortable, Warren, T-shirt, Not into dressing in the $75 Harley shirts, but I do like the boots, one comfortable pair for summer riding, and one good insulated pair for winter.l not into dressing in the $75 Harley shirts, but I do like their boots, one comfortable pair for summer riding, and one good insulated pair for winter. Well worn leather vest, with patches for my military service, and tribute patches with tons of road grime on them
    Not much thought put into it, I grab whichever pair of jeans and T-shirt is on the top of the clean pile….A relatively clean pile if I haven’t done laundry and I’d rather ride.
    If you’re spending too much time in the Harley clothing section, or thinking of what you want to wear to go riding and not on two wheels with your face in the breeze, then you might want to rethink what you’re doing. To me it’s not a fashion show, who gives a shit what you’re wearing really. I would be more impressed by who you are as a person, and how you ride, then how you look, or how much you spent on your clothing and accessories.
    Of course hot chicks in skimpy clothes and tight leather does work for me.
    Kickstand up, keep the wheels down in the shiny side up, get your face in the breeze, ride hard ride safe!

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