Kanye West has been pictured wearing a ‘Richey Manic 4Real’ jacket- crass fashionista junk or cool pop statement.  The classic Richey photo was taken after he carved 4 real in his arm in front of Steve Lamacq all those years ago. It’s always been a   complex shot- on one level a terrifying moment of mental fragility on the other a powerfully defiant image of determination, on one level an intensely private moment of self worth on another a sign of breakdown, on one level a moment that should never have happened on another a powerfully iconic image that Richey- an avid fan of music media – knew just what he was doing.

Now stitched onto Kanye West’s expensive designer jacket it throws up all these contradictions yet again. Contradictions that Richey himself would have loved.




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