TRUCKER CAPS, SUEDE JACKETS, PLAID AND DENIM – THIS TREND IS FULL-ON
AMERICANA. INSPIRED BY THE OLD WEST AND THE SOUTH’S WEIRDEST
CORNERS, WAY OUT WEST IS ROUGH, RUGGED, AND RAW DRESSING THAT’S
GOING TO SEE YOU THROUGH SPRING.
WHERE WE TALK YOU THROUGH THE CULTURAL ICONS THAT INSPIRED WAY OUT WEST.
America looks best from behind the wheel of something loud and fast. Once
you’ve got your hands on a car that matches that description, it’s time to
set out on this 525-mile drive. Best spread out over the course of two or
three days, this trip begins in Flagstaff, Arizona before heading into the
Petrified Forest National park on Interstate 40. After taking in the Painted
Desert and Crystal Forest you’ll go North up a Navajo Nation road to
Monument Valley before heading on to the San Juan Mountains by way of
the Trail of the Ancients. There’s no better route if you want to really take
in the sublime scale and majesty of America’s national wonders.
As deranged and bohemian as some of the characters he portrayed, the
hell raising Dennis Hopper was a notoriously intense creative powerhouse.
As the co-writer, director, and star of Easy Rider (easily the biggest visual
influence on Way Out West), Hopper defined post-Woodstock America for
a generation with his new age Western. But his style, which combined a
dog-eared preppiness with rugged Americana, is what really drew us to
him for this trend.
This idea was always going to be a disaster. The anarchic Hunter S
Thompson hanging around with the notorious Hell’s Angels - that’s like
trying to put out fire with gasoline. This collection of articles written over
many years of riding with the infamous biker gang shows you just how bad
the Angels were at their peak in the late ‘60s as they go in-and-out of jail,
brawl with police, die on the road, and finally turn against the writer that
brought them fame.
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