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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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that's so good to have you around prosperk....

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Danke, Kamerad!

It's interesting that nobody reacted in all these months. THFS is a great barometer of where Fashion is and why, despite its immensely beneficial effects in preserving old skills and creating jobs, it is ultimately doomed to chasing its tail rather than evolving, because most of its observers are educationally sub- or abnormal. Introduce some historical facts into a thread, or personal experience, as with this thread, and people drop the thread like a hot rock. It's sad. I was just in Fashion Central on a smart Caribbean island and and they were all up for exciting chat...until fact entered into it.

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Originally Posted by AL92 View Post
Do you realise how many nations use eagles as national symbols. It's not only exclusive to Germany/Nazi era. Such heraldry can be seen in the coat of arms of Russia, Albania, Egypt, Indonesia etc.

It's simply a universal heraldic symbol used by many.
You are right that the eagle is used by many cultures. BOY's logo, however, is nearly identical to the Nazi symbol. The Eagle clutching the swastika is replaced with the O of the boy logo. I am sure its really nice to be able to dismiss these claims, but these are symbols associated with hate, and it is incredibly demoralizing to see them as fashionable.


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