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Someone Needs to Kick Doc Martens in the Ass
There was a time when there was nothing more punk rock in LA than to have imported Dr. Martens boots. Sounds like a paradox, but thus is part of the fun in trying to explain or define punk.
In LA the only place where you could get Docs were at Na Na's in Santa Monica, but when the company decided to cut ties with the shoe store after 11 years in order to sell to more "conservative stores", many here in LA considered that to be the day Doc Martin's officially jumped the shark.
Now it looks like the former symbol of punk has decided to jump an entire school of whales.
According to PunkNews.org, the once-legendary shoe manufacturer has decided to come out with a series of ads to be seen in the UK featuring four different punk idols: Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone, and Sid Vicious.
All we at LAist can say is this: the people responsible for this, those who created it, those who signed off on it, and the people who paid for it, have no concept of what punk means, about what Doc Martens boots represent, or what blasphemy means. They should all lose their jobs, be imprisoned, and die lonely painful lives.
More evidence of the ugliness after the jump.
Courtney Love better not be behind this.