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So I Jumped In The Ocean In My Raw Jeans...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by NewYorkIslander, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Senior member

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    Lots of discussion about this process and how it "cleans" the denim without too much indigo loss. Saw a bitching thread about this I believe on Super Future where some skinny guy dipped in the Dead Sea and came out with great fades, so i decided to give it a go being that it was 85 degrees in NYC yesterday, then post the results here.

    A little background on the jeans:
    APC New Standards, purchased about 3 years ago, and although they've been rotated, these have been my number 1 jean, with spells of wearing them weeks at a time. They were dry cleaned ONCE after a fire in my apartment building but that was it. The fit on these for me is a bit looser than I'd like, but not much. I usually have to wear a belt with them, unless I want to look like a 20 something dirty hipster that wants to look like he doesn't make as much money as he does off of mommy and daddy's stock options.

    Here are pics before the dunk yesterday:
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    The first thing I did was unroll the three cuffs I had (thought it was only two). Then, I slowly waded into the (cooler than I thought they'd be) waters off of South Beach on Staten Island while the Mrs snapped away. I walked in, sloshed around a bit in the salty, polluted liquid, and then came out for a stretch (a few squats, some hamstring stretches etc)
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    and then went right back in.

    After making sure there were no needles in the sand, I walked around on my knees for a bit and did some more stretches fully immersed in the water. I then stood at the shore and grabbed some sand and rocks and rubbed it all over the front and back of the jeans before going back in to rinse off.

    Then, I came out and made my way farther up the shore to some finer sand, and applied that to the front and back as well.
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    Back into the water I went, to rinse off this last abrasive "wash". I kept the jeans on and laid a towel over the drivers seat and then drove to my folks house for dinner. When I got there, I immediately took the drying jeans off, and after shaking and slapping the excess sand out, I placed them on the back deck in the sun to dry.
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    After they were mostly dry, what I noticed forst was just how STIFF these bad boys were. Not quite as stiff as the jeans from the SF thread in the Dead Sea, but they could have stood up against a wall if I let them completely dry. Instead, when I got back to my place, and put the kids to sleep, I threw the jeans back on, and wore them around the house for an hour or so. I hung them by child protective hook on my window and this is what I woke up to today:

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    I know this may not be big news to a lot of you guys who are experts, but for people who are new to this or other MCers who want to delve a bit more into the SW&D world or for those of you who claim you can't swim off the coast of Staten Island without getting violently ill...:)
     
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  2. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    That made me think of this guy.
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  3. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    I recommend a sanity check. Who knows, it might lead to better fades
     
  4. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Senior member

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    Thats pretty helpful bro...but I bet there are quite a few people who have heard about this, thought about it, and never tried it out. Now there's a pretty clear illustrated explanation of what it actually does.
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Any shrinkage? :)

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  6. Garment_Guy

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    That's cool! They look good to me. Nice post. :slayer:
     
  7. scottcw

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    Are you wearing a Tigers cap? In New York?
     
  8. Lionheart Biker

    Lionheart Biker Senior member

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    I´ve done that, but with 3/4 jeans and in a lake. Was really fun, and a must, because i had no board shorts.
     
  9. grizzlybear

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    forreal dawg
     
  10. KitAkira

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    You realize the same (theoretically lower indigo loss) effect happens if you salt the water you use at home, right?
     
  11. pistolero

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    :lol:
     
  12. mmmmpay

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    Thought about doing this. I live on Long Island Sound and my 501s just get a little wet and sandy through daily wear on the beach. Figure that over time the lower 5 inches might just absorb some salt and take on a lighter color. Going to look silly, but, hey, that's fine.

    Good to know pure ocean has a positive effect.

    My mom told me that, as a teenager, going into the ocean then rolling around on the beach was how she broke in a new pair of jeans. So I think I'll do it if only for a family-historic connection.
     
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    Thanks for a lively report. Great pics, but I'm not sure I see a huge difference in the before and after. How's the fit, post-surf-and-sand?
     
  14. NewYorkIslander

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    Fit is pretty similar, maybe a little bit tighter than before, but not very much. The most difference in fade I see is in the lap area...
     
  15. Brigden

    Brigden Senior member

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    They're jeans, people.

    These forums have officially jumped the shark. I'm out.
     
  16. ToledoStyle

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    I think that was pretty cool.. a neat photo documentary but you prolly should have done less wading in waters photos and more fit ones after they dried in different lighting. I thought it was cool tho some people will argue at home salt soak vs ocean salt soak but whatever its all in how you enjoy the process and the result.
     
  17. thebunk

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    Great post NYR. Fuck the haters and typical SWAD punks. We need more posters like you here.
     
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  18. RROMAN8435

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    Hell ya. The haters should roll out. Legit post.
     
  19. randomkoreandude

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    i did the same thing this summer in Cali ... i have pics in the sexdbxsxs12 thread. nice photos though and keep it up.

    i will probably do my second ocean washing at the end of the month :)
     
  20. bl@ster

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    Great, fun post -- even if it's just denim mythology. Ignore the h8.
     

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