Birkin Graffiti

So why are we scribbling Sharpies all over $10,000 bags again?

"There is one they would have to pry out of... Read More

We really try to uphold the notion that fashion goes beyond just the seemingly frivolous, glossy sheen that it sometimes lets on. Seriously—don't make us have a Devil Wears Prada cerulean speech moment on you. That said, there is one fairly vacuous issue consuming the community-at-large, and it's one that we're aiming to tackle today: the should-you-how-dare-you debate surrounding all things Hermès graffiti. 

We didn't have to look much further than our very own Cov-alums to illustrate the two sides of this debate: take Tina Craig and Lori Levine, for instance. Craig, whose Hermès collection expands into the dozens, and who told us, "My Birkins and Kelly bags are masterpieces, so why would I desecrate them? You wouldn’t take a Picasso painting and cover it in graffiti. I would never mark up one of my Hermès bags intentionally." As for Levine? "One day my friend, Nicholas Forker, a very talented fine artist, found [my Birkin's] box and said, 'why don’t you ever use this?' I handed him a black Sharpie and said, 'you know what I like, use this bag as a canvas and go nuts.' He took it for a week and came back with what is now a totally unique, amazing, and one-of-a-kind work of art." Yeah, you can likely see how things get sticky from here, right?

While the most now-notorious grafitti'd Birkin belongs to none other than Kim Kardashian, whose Hermès was marked-up by one George Condo; she's not exactly the only one to incite a near-riot-worthy reaction to a little Sharpie handiwork. From Nicola Formichetti (who masterminded that you saw Gaga toting all those years ago) to jewelry designer Lynn Ban's Birkin, marked-up by graffiti artists Mint and Serf we can only assume the intended purpose of marking up a $10,000 (and then some) bag is eliciting a reaction, which, well, is almost guaranteed.

And in the case of Moda Operandi's Travis W. Simon-striped Birkin, it's good enough for LSD... 

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