Posted by Matthew Rezac on 20 October, 2016
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A bit of history about the Hunter S. Thompson wristband, as it relates to Leatherpunk: I'm obviously not the original creator of this cuff, Hunter was photographed wearing it in the 1990s and earlier.
When I first started doing leather work in 2002, this piece was custom requested numerous times in my first few months of opening Leatherpunk, (even though I didn't sell it or have photos of it on my website). As it's popularity became apparent, the wristband was added as a standard product at Leatherpunk in 2003.
Now here's where things get confusing, and even I have recently had to backtrack on my claims. In the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the version worn by Johnny Depp fastens with buckles, or rather, one buckle. The version worn by Hunter S. Thompson uses snaps to close. Both have the same stud pattern. (Johnny Depp was also known to wear a double strapped buckling cuff off-stage, but he has since retired it)
I offer both styles, (plus the off-stage Depp version)and your choice of black or brown leather.
So, to clarify, this is the actual Hunter S. version, this is the Johnny Depp version in his portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson. Both are the same width (2") and the only difference between the two are the fasteners.
Posted by Matthew Rezac on 20 August, 2016
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Maybe you're curious to know where your cuffs and belts are made. If so, take a video tour of my leather workshop and see firsthand what a leather shop looks like. The video is located on the LP Facebook page. Thanks for watching!
I started making leather wristbands in 2002 with one leather hide and a box of tools, I worked in my bedroom on a tiny tabletop and had to brush the leather scraps off my bed each time I was done working. You have to start somewhere, right? I've put together a helpful guide for you, to point you in the right path and save you money with my list of the Top 5 Tools Essential To Working With Leather.
For example, did you know there are many different types of rawhide mallets? Which one should you get first? My guide will answer this and many other basic questions. Check it out!