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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today is punk rocker Iggy Pop’s 64th birthday, but he’s been on my mind since last month. At the time, I was sitting in a doctor’s office, reading a 2010 New Yorker, when I came across an article on how the often-shirtless Pop was promoting a line of t-shirts. The article noted, “…neither age nor gravity has curbed Pop’s preference for being stripped to the waist.”  I tore the article out of the magazine to share it with y’all. How punk of me!

I particularly enjoyed this:

“Pop admitted that there have been times, lately, when his unclad torso has met with disapproval. ‘You know, from time to time, if I take my shirt off now, it doesn’t look the way it did when I was thirty-two,’ he said. ‘It’s, like, ugh. But look — when I’m playing, I’m the shit. As long as that’s true, I can take it off.'”

Damn straight, Iggy! Wear — or don’t wear — what you want.

20-something Iggy on the cover of 1972's Raw Power album.

As far as I’m concerned, Iggy can go shirtless till he’s 110 years old. He’s Iggy Pop and we’re not!

Iggy by Annie Leibovitz (2000). Click for source.

Happy birthday, Iggy! Keep rocking on with your bad self like you did this month on American Idol.

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33 Responses to ““Wear What You Want” Icon: Iggy Pop”

  1. rock n roll forever …

    but he would look fabulous in a Greg Lauren deconstructed vest and shirt too.

  2. Sheila says:

    I saw Iggy on American Idol a few weeks ago, and admittedly, I was taken aback by his torso. However, you know…if I look that good when I’m 64, then hell yeah! I mean, I’m not taking my shirt off, but I’ll still be wearing what I want, bitches!

    Rock on, Wendy, for celebrating those who wear (or not) what they want!

  3. deja pseu
    Twitter: dejapseu
    says:

    I remember a friend telling me about seeing him in concert in the late 70’s. He was passed, shirtless, overhead by the audience, while smearing himself with peanut butter out of a jar. Guy like that, the rules just don’t apply. ;-)

  4. Miss Peelpants
    Twitter: misspeelpants
    says:

    Terrifying, but phenomenally so!

  5. Eli says:

    Sadly though, I think a lot of photos of him are photoshoppped? this for example, is not?

    http://piccsy.com/2011/01/old-iggy

  6. I love Iggy Pop and the=at article is Epic. In my opinion it would be equal to Lady Gaga selling pants. Thanks for this article and long live the Godfather of Punk!

  7. Elissa
    Twitter: dresscourage
    says:

    Love that you featured Iggy Pop! There is no one else like him, and he really owns his personal style. I really enjoyed reading the article you posted and enjoy learning more abut your inspirations.

  8. SiouxsieL says:

    Great post, and article. Agreed that rules don’t apply to Iggy. I just wish he wasn’t so orange looking on American Idol. FWIW, I think everyone should own a copy of Raw Power.

  9. Mary says:

    He is awesome. The end.

  10. Kristin
    Twitter: BonBonRoseGirls
    says:

    Well said Iggy. You’re the sh*t. Go on stage naked if you so desire!

  11. mystyle says:

    Hi my dear-yay, for Iggy, he rocks and indeed what a torso, long may it continue to be seen!!

  12. lyrebirdgully says:

    Nah Eli, those wrinkly folds on his stomach are real allright, but they go away when you stand up straight (as in the Leibovitz photo).Seriously. I’m female and I’ve got about the same thickness of body fat over my abdomen as Iggy, I’m almost his age, and my skin does the same thing. As long as you aren’t bending forward, the wrinkles are invisible. Isn’t skin amazing? But you’ll only really see the “disappearing wrinkle” on people of a certain age(when the skin has loosened)who have practically no fat underlay.

  13. Tina says:

    “It’s, like, ugh.” I also love the description of his chest “not so much tanned as cured, like unsliced bresaola.”

  14. Sally
    Twitter: sallymcgraw
    says:

    I adore Iggy. Adore and fear.

  15. a stylized hysteria
    Twitter: _najeema
    says:

    I adore Mr. Iggy Pop. Search and Destroy is one the best songs ever. AND I was watching Tank Girl a few days ago and was delighted to see him in it!

  16. Ofelia says:

    I adore Iggy! Great post and great pictures.
    Do we have a female Iggy?
    What about Chrissie Hynde?

  17. I love meself some of that Iggy Pop poppy attitu-day!

  18. Audrey Allure
    Twitter: audreyallure
    says:

    Love that quote that you highlighted. Great post, he’s awesome!

  19. Susan Tiner says:

    I like Iggy’s taste in reading material:

    http://www.ucd.ie/cai/classics.....Pop95.html

    I love that reference to the music business as being “a kind of religion-rental.”

  20. Ann Tindall
    Twitter: Annimalhse
    says:

    The man can do no wrong, must be that cock confidence he has for days (and many inches)! A true icon indeed, I treasure his honor and courage!

  21. Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen
    Twitter: PunkGlamQueen
    says:

    Iggy is the hottest animal to currently walk the earth! Not to mention the voice, oh that voice! And he still rocks, saw him a few years ago at a fab old theater in Harlem. A little worse for wear (he now limps) but the man can make a crowd go wild! The Punk Glam Princess saw a recent shirtless pic of him and said “that’s not a 6 pack, that’s a 12 pack!” Haha!
    XXX
    Suzanne

  22. qin says:

    woot i like him

  23. Suze says:

    And thanks to you ripping the page out, I’ll never be able to finished reading the article on “Have to get rid of your pesky gas problem”. Thanks Wendy!

  24. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix
    Twitter: dailyclothesfix
    says:

    The guy is a legend and his attitude to clothing (or lack thereof) is wonderful. Great post, Wendy.

  25. Mish Dish says:

    When are we going to see Iggy Pop wear a D&G suit with customized Wendy B buttons??? That needs to happen stat. xo mish

  26. stacy says:

    I love Iggy. But, WTF is this “air diet” of which he speaks? Yeah, right. I think it’s great that he’ll wear Brioni to dinner! He is the coolest. Still, I was a bit mortified when I saw him perform on American Idol a few weeks ago.

  27. Lara says:

    I saw him perform on a late show a long time ago and was completely mesmerized. After that, he could do no wrong in my book. He’s brilliant and I hate to admit a bizarre crush!

  28. The Styley says:

    Great quote: “When I am playing, I’m the shit.” Totally!

  29. Love it that you have a Lust for Life video with his belly bloody from rolling on stage and a bandmate all coked up – not just the clean MTV video!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Even emaciated, Pop looks better than most guys when they’re shirtless, and around here, that’s saying something!