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The Hunter S. Or the Johnny Depp? What's the Difference?

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 from the 1970s and into the 90s.

When I first started doing leather work in 2002, this wristband 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. 

But all commonly available photographs of Hunter wearing the cuff were published in black and white, so we aren't officially sure if it was brown or black leather. (Personally, I think it was black leather, simply because pre-dyed black leather would've been more readily available at that time)

I offer both styles, (plus an off-stage Depp version, not related to Hunter)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.

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First Giveaway A Success, More To Come

If you aren't a fan of the Leatherpunk page on Facebook, be sure to hit that like button and stay subscribed!  My promise to you is this:

  • I won't post often.  Rather than posting several times a day, I only post a few times a month.

  • My posts will be meaningful and original.  I don't recycle other stuff I find, it's all my own photography and ideas. 

  • I give stuff away for free!  I just awarded five people with free studded bracelets.  You'll only know about it if you're subscribed...

So stay tuned in and be part of the action!

5 winners getting free bracelets

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New Fall Color!  Chestnut Brown Leather Belt

New Fall Color! Chestnut Brown Leather Belt

New chestnut brown leather is an excellent option to traditional black leather belts. Made to last!  See it here!

Brown leather belt

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LP Offers Studded and Spiked Leather Trays

These leather trays are a great gift idea and really stand out.  I have several styles to choose from.  Check out all the pinch-corner leather trays today!

Limited Leather Trays

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Custom Leather Cuffs For Wrestling

Here's a pair of custom made extra wide leather wristbands for my friend, Dagz.  He's a regional wrestler, and now he has the power of Leatherpunk.  He can't lose.

Dagz with his custom leather cuffs

Dagz winds up for a wicked back-hand.

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Take the new video tour of my shop

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!

Leatherpunk workshop video tour on Facebook

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Guide to getting started with leathercrafting

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.

Rawhide Mallets

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!

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New Guide To Buying A Leather Watch Cuff

Cuff Watch

Check out my new guide to Buying A Leather Watch Cuff.  You don't need to be a watch expert to get a good watch.  Learn what to look for, what to avoid, and more. 

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Custom Hand Painted Lettering on a Leather Choker

Now you can get white lettering on your leather chokers.  See how it's done in this video!

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Newest Belt at

A great high quality leather belt with diagonally set pyramid studs!  LP's newest belt! 

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