The Completely Insane Back Pockets Of New York City

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Let me preface this by saying I was verbally attacked on multiple occasions for taking photos of dudes' asses, but I persevered for the cause.

Would I wear any of this stuff? No. Is it "cool"? According to most people, probably not. Stylish? Not particularly. "Hot"? "Fresh"? Some other adjective traditionally used to describe food? Nah. So why would I do it? And why do I plan to do more of it?

Something that I've been growing more and more passionate about over the past couple years is the idea of style—"What it is?", "Where it is?", "Who can define it?", etc. (It's indefinable. It's literally EVERYWHERE. And, no, nobody). Despite its intangibility, I think style is definitely something that can be recognized. It's something personal, something unique. It's what makes that dude, that dude and that other dude, that other dude. Everyone has it. You live, therefore you have style. Basically, I took a collection of photos of back pockets because they're fucking awesome.

These photos fit in nicely with many of the other photos I have taken and will take in the future. These kinds of things, which can be seen anywhere, but which I primarily see in New York, are great simply because they exist. The combination of someone, somewhere designing it + someone, somewhere stocking it + someone, somewhere buying it + that same someone, somewhere waking up in the morning and putting it on = possibly the most beautiful chain of events this world has to offer.

Back pockets are widely overlooked, yet widely visible. You have to think that the dude that bought those jeans at least flipped the pants over before he bought them (you don’t wear rabid wolves on your ass without realizing it). The entire thought process behind this amazes me. And while I can’t interview every guy whose photo I happen to take (although maybe I should), I can document the results of his internal pants dialogue.

A disclaimer: Please don't assume these photos were all taken in one day or in one week because they were not. These photos were carefully selected and curated (for lack of a better term) over the course of several weeks/months. Plus, this is something I try to do when I have the time, which isn’t as often as I’d like.

Some people (a lot of people?) don't understand what I'm trying to doing here. Some will never understand, but, then again, some will. Like I said, this is not how I dress. This is not how my friends dress. In fact, I don't anyone personally who dresses like this. But that doesn't mean I can't love and appreciate it for what it is—for the very fact that it exists and will continue to exist until the end of time. Maybe we'll all be living in space by then, but don't think for a minute that True Religion won’t be putting out embroidered moon suits to make that trip to space more fly (no pun intended). Style never ends. And neither will weird ass jeans (pun intended). You can either embrace it, as I do, or turn a blind eye. Just keep in mind that if you do choose to turn a blind eye, I'll still be there, taking photos of the back of your pants.

Alex Lee is a street style blogger and designer living in New York City. See more of his work here and his clothing collection, XXBC, here. Follow him on Instagram here.

  • s0s4

    dem studded truuuus

  • stabilo

    I believe the jeans on the second picture are Pepe Jeans

  • thughandles

    those fucking evisu’s

  • industrynerd

    You would have had more material if you shot this circa 2008(rock and republic baby). Overall kinda underwhelming that this is all you curated over weeks/months. I think I see more than 12 in an average walk through times square.

    • alex

      good point; i was trying to go for variety, as you can see studded trues just about anywhere at any time. these are just the ones that stood out to me most, i could always find more and i probably will. and of course every moment of those weeks/months wasn’t spent hunting for back pockets.

  • Michael

    there was a guy at my high school called Face Pants because he always wore pants with faces on the back pocket

  • Ghetto Heisman

    I like the tru’s with the studs. Also, very cool variety of pics. I was entertained :-)


    coolest jeans ever.

  • KCKing

    Didn’t anyone watch How to Make It in America? Everyone knows the secret to jeans is cool pockets. Ask Crisp Denim.

  • Jibril and Jalan Durimel

    If you’re actually willing to play with those they’re honestly not that bad. a little creativity and those can maybe be pulled off better than KTZ 😉