The elves at PleaseKillMe.com have been working 24/7 to spread Christmas cheer to those who cherish peace, love and understanding (and a Bronx cheer to those who don’t). We aren’t saying that the gifts listed in our guide are the perfect items for the resident punk in your life but we are not NOT saying it either. So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or just prefer to spend the holidays getting drunk and avoiding people, we hope these gift ideas will spare you the pain of spending hours looking for something your loved ones will actually like and won’t be forgotten the next day. We’ve hand-picked unique gift ideas for music lovers, book lovers, and anyone who doesn’t want another stupid mug with a cutesy saying on it…
William S. Burroughs, with his fedora, conservative coat and tie, fit in so well with an urban backdrop that he often went unnoticed by the authorities. He was, in fact, known as El Hombre Invisible to the native boys in Tangier. You and yours, however, will not go unnoticed with one of these dangerous T-shirts. It’s the perfect garb for any naked lunch engagement.
Patti Smith is many things to many people—poet, memoirist, singer, songwriter,
performance artist—and now she can be your living doll or sofa cushion. All you
need is a needle and some thread and this kit.
We may all wanna be a member of the Ramones but those roles have already been
taken, and retired. However, you can still proudly announce your fantasy with this
set of pins. Any politician that puts one of these on his or her lapel in place of the
obligatory American flag will get our vote in 2020.
Detroit’s premier rock & roll venue during the 1960s—where Iggy, the MC5, and
other pre-punk gods first played—often gets short shrift in historic accounts of that
era. Help spread the word of its enduring legacy with this handsome set of threads.
Mass market paperbacks of the 1950s and early 1960s have some of the coolest cover art—largely because the most salacious parts of the book’s narrative are exaggerated to attract the eyes of potential buyers. Jack Kerouac’s most famous novel, On The Road—one that changed the course of countercultural history—was no exception.
Ahoy matey! This is not a ring you want to Monkee around with. In fact, it has
nothing at all to do with the Monkees’ late, lamented lead singer. However, it’s a
lovely new addition to a collection called Maiden Voyage, rings about “ships and
icons of the sea for fellow explorers.”
We can’t top the description of this reprint of Eve Babitz’s memoir of her younger years: “A legendary love letter to Los Angeles by the city’s most charming daughter, complete with portraits of rock stars at Chateau Marmont, surfers in Santa Monica, prostitutes on sunset, and Eve’s own beloved cat, Rosie.”
Who would dare put food on a dessert plate this stunning! Well….OK, as long as it’s a slab of pumpkin or pecan pie (or pumpkin pecan pie) with two scoops of moo-licious ice cream, then we give you our approval in advance.
We like to think that the name of this chain ring (“The Amy”) was in honor of PKM’s writer Amy Haben, but we cannot be certain of that. However, by any name, it’s an enticing piece of jewelry.
Put these solid cork beverage rests out for friends over the holidays but keep an eye on them after the first or second round of drink. They are enticing enough to find their way into the pockets of said guests at your party.
You better hurry on this one. Supplies are limited.
If loving this book is wrong, we don’t want to be right, as they say. Again, we defer to the book shop’s pitch perfect description: The Godfather of Punk and frontman for The Stooges offers insight into his creative world with this collection of lyrics brought to life by full-color photos, never-before-seen notes and memorabilia, short pieces by Iggy, and commentary from other music legends, including Danny Fields and Chris Stein from Blondie.
Nothing will bring you out of a deep sleep quite like having the vision of Harmony Korine suddenly appear in your room. Oh, come on. He’s harmless, and so is his film, Gummo.
Surely you have someone on your gift list who has everything. Except this priceless program from a legendary New York drag club.
Once known as “daytime Studio 54” fashion wear, Elio Fiorucci’s clothing designs were the bee’s knees among the style-setting cognoscenti during NYC’s disco years. Once you started wearing Fiorucci, there was no going back to bobby sox and Keds. With this vintage sweatshirt, you will be making a retro statement.
Only the finest threads are made and marketed by our busy hands here at PKM World Headquarters. And not only that but they NEVER go out of style. These hoodies are perfect for both formal and informal occasions. Now at the lowest price we’ve ever offered them, only $20!
The book that started it all…
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