This Charles Manson Jean Jacket Has Nothing to Do With Anything

Julia Rubin is a creepy and sheepish. I don’t understand her. Her latest post on blew my mind bonkers.

This is the setup. Ms. Rubin is wending her sweet way thorough the West Village when she spots these two “hipsters” ahead of her. One of whom is wearing what is supposedly rather offensive attire. Ms. Julia Rubin snaps this photo as evidence – as proof – as a way to say this person really went there:

Later, Julia does a write-up about the photo, concluding:

That’s right. Today we spotted a dude in a jean jacket with Charles Manson’s face emblazoned on the back. Look, we get hipster fashion. Sometimes our own tastes even veer to the side of hipster (and yes, we know it’s totally unhipster-y to refer to hipsterdom in any capacity but whatever). But this jacket is kind of offensive.
We’re sure this guy was trying to be ironic because OMG Charles Manson, but this goes beyond Look At This Fucking Hipster-level ironic. This is just… creepy.

As the guy in the Manson jacket, I think I should set the record straight. First things first: I had no idea who Charles Mason was. I just woke up at my friend’s apartment and grabbed that thing off the floor and wore it out. I just googled Manson and Manson does seem creepy but I find it more creepy Rubin knows about Manson in the first place, and then spends her time and influence propagating his creepiness. NOW, THAT’S CREEPY. GET A LIFE. TC mark

Image and text via Styleite


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  • Matt

    This is all quite silly, but I must say:

    Knowing who Charles Manson is… clearly, not creepy. He probably has more name recognition than most US Presidents. As far as famous murderers go, who trumps Manson? Maybe O.J.?

  • Eduardo

    Not knowing who Charles Manson is. That's creepy, indeed

  • joseph


  • Cotter

    This publication is turning to shit …

    • Matt

      What, come on!

      You're not looking forward to reading “All of the Breath Mints I've Used, in chronological order”?

      • The Well-Read Wife

        certs – was probably in kindergarten when i tried these for the first time. kind of bland. liked the ones with the blue flecks.
        tic tacs- the white ones were a little too strong. liked the orange ones the best b/c they were kind of chewy. i rode the tic tac wave through most of elementary school.
        mentos – i switched over to mentos in high school. i liked the mentos commercials and the foo fighters video that parodied them. one of my friends pulled out a thing of mentos at graduation after he received his diploma. and we were all like “you're the man”
        altoids – switched to altoids in college b/c i could use the metal tin to hold condems and joints.

        come on matt. what's not interesting about that?

      • The Well-Read Wife

        i misspelled condoms.

      • Kevin

        I, for one, am very interested in reading “All of the Breath Mints I've Used”

  • whoever you want it to be

    This all comes across as really embarrassing…

  • The Well-Read Wife

    Your friend had a jean jacket with Charles Manson on the back on the floor of his/her apartment?
    You don't know who Charles Manson is?
    excuses, excuses.

  • ---

    Wow Julia, you're right! This is like–totally creepy. Like. OMG.

  • Danyell

    Jesus. People are so strange. Why do people care about killers? Just focus on yourself, your family, your friends and stay warm like this dude was

  • PINA

    Paul Barker, you're retarded.

  • BloomSouth

    In a post-modern age, meanings are engendered newly: This is obviously the case here. Manson no longer means Manson, it means something different. Paul Barker might be unaware, perhaps restarted as one commentator just noted, but the truth remains he remixes.

  • Makena Walsh


    I feel like it's unfortunate this “article” was published here. I've enjoyed many of the other articles on TC.

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  • 1609

    Jesus, Paul Barker you're are my hero.

  • Marty McAndrews


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