Your Story #2 by Thebe Phetogo


Your Story #2 by Thebe Phetogo



Hand painted leather jacket by the Cape Town artist Thebe Phetogo.

Title – Your Story #2

Leather type – Sheepskin

Condition – Vintage

Style – Bomber/adventurer

Paint – Water based acrylic

Approximate size – Men’s Large


Exert from the artist “My most recent body work dealt with cultural symbols – both traditional and contemporary – and one of the contemporary symbols I used was the hat. The hat motif figures in both the jackets I have worked on in different ways. The imagery for the first jacket takes inspiration from Van Gogh’s series of flower paintings but with a playful twist to depict a bouquet of hats in a bucket hat vase instead. The other draws inspiration from signage and sign painting and features a background inspired by shweshwe fabric patterns, which is another motif I have previously worked with. Other elements used on the jacket reference graphic art, with a raindrop skull (which may or may not be a nod to the water crisis) and a square, abstracted face on both sleeves of the jacket.”

This painting was done on a very rugged sheepskin jacket designed for outdoor wear. The jacket was made with the specific intent to have an adventure and that is exactly what Thebe did when he painted this jacket. He took a journey after being inspired by loving Vincent to create an abstract motif to his work.

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