Jun 28, 2009

Dear Karen Walker:

My name is Drus. I am currently completing my masters at AUT, I am writing a fashion blog and opening a pop-up store in November for it.

The store is ‘autobiographical.’ It tells the stories of my life through its stock, for example it only carries garments in my size.

I was a major fan of your men’s line, and was very sad to see it go. I still wear the all my t-shirts (the Yeti, owl, smoking cat, lady thing & candle stick), except for one.

In 2003 I had to go to my brother’s "stag-do" in Paihia. I ***hate*** male bonding shit like this, so the least I can do is look good doing it. I was wearing the your the starry hand print, circa 2002. It was Yves Klein blue.

We were catching the ferry back from Russell. I occasionally have a problem with running my mouth; I’m very mild-mannered the rest of the time. I started telling one of my brother’s friends about how hard ”prison life” is and how it was still difficult for me to talk about. This went on for about 5 minutes. His brother is the head of the Wanganui chapter of the Hell’s Angels and at the time was inside, so as the ferry pulled into dock he lifted me above his head and threw me into the water. I pretended to drown to try to force him to dive in and rescue me. But he didn’t fall for it.

Anyway I was climbing up a ladder to get onto the dock and then another of my brother’s friends (they’re all really great guys) urinated on me. I asked him if he had been drinking Becks, which I thought was quite a good joke under the circumstances.

I don’t remember much of what else happened that night. My brother (the groom) ran away, and my other brother was asleep in a urinal in Russell. So at least I wasn’t the only one soaked in piss on that night.

I got back to the youth hostel and hung up the starry hand tee to dry. And when I came back to get it the next morning it was gone. I hate losing things and I especially hate losing clothes, especially especially all-time favourite KW clothes, especially especially when it happens because of a "stag-do."

I was wondering if there is any chance of getting a limited edition re-issue of the starry hand for my pop-up store in November? Or if you know of anyone who might sell me their starry hand tee, at the right price?

Sincerely,

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