Fast forward 5 years...I had been selling amazing leather jackets to everybody. At this time the internet and the Farley Auction, and Ebay had hooked me up with dealers in Los Angeles. By the late 90s I had been buying and selling with and to cool vintage nuts that I had never met or spoken with on the phone. To shorten it up a bit..during this time a young Japanese photographer moved to L.A. and started expressing an interest in photographing vintage clothing and surfers. This guy got to know all the best and greatest vintage collectors and dealers in America and Japan. This guy through his camera bridged the entire Pacific ocean with beautiful photography of the best of the best of everybody's collections. This guy was Rin Tanaka!
of the jackets were ones that I sold! It gave me instant legitimacy and a feeling that I was participating in something greater than just buying and selling schmata. I felt like I emerged from the shadows in one nanosecond of big bang! Jackets that I held in my hands, these garments I sold were suddenly in a book, and a beautiful book, I would have never thought! I vowed that I would own one of every single jacket that was in that book. I have almost achieved that goal and more. I even bought back some of the jackets that were photographed. Everybody in the vintage business contributed to the creation of Rins work but Rin changed the shape of the vintage business. And now he has organized the greatest meeting of vintage bloggers, dealers, collectors and conspirators on the planet in L.A.