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I think it was more of a commercialisation or even a rip-off of an aspect of street style involving the wearing of symbols with the power to offend straight society. A few white supremacists in 1%er motorcycle gangs aside, with 1939-pattern Iron Crosses on their leathers and Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS belt buckles aside, most followers of sub-cultural movements like Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Punk wouldn't have known much about what the Hitlerian rendering of the swastika or the runes appropriated by the Nazis came to symbolise beyond the fact that it caused maximum offence to the Straights. Wearing a BOY teeshirt was considered pretty sad and lame back in the day. Synthesised rebellion. That said, the aesthetic appeal of the 'rebranding' of Germany by the Nazi regime remains very powerful. One suspects that most if not all of the fashionistas mincing along Steve Victim Boulevard in BOY re-editions would probably have difficulty telling us the dates of WW2.

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