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East Village denizen and punk-rock fashion icon Jimmy Webb, who worked for decades at the famed Trash and Vaudeville in the East Village, died at age 62 in April of cancer, netting tributes from rock royalty.
“This is the kind of guy who you don’t think you would miss until you do and then you miss him a lot, kind of Proust in street wear, showing his a–crack,” Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone following Webb’s death.
Now, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash is backing an effort to memorialize Webb by renaming part of St. Mark’s Place in the East Village after the beloved stylist.
“How Monumental Would This Be!? Jimmy Left His Mark On St Marks!!! What a Way To Honor An NYC Rock N Roll Icon :)” Slash posted on Instagram, referring to a petition addressed to Mayor de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other pols.
The petition calls for the block between Second and Third avenues, where Trash and Vaudeville was once located, to be dubbed “Jimmy Webb Place.”
Webb started working at Trash and Vaudeville in 1999, after years of coaxing its owner Ray Goodman to hire him, he told Vogue in 2011. Over the next quarter century, he became the face of the store, which counts Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Beyoncé among its customers.
With his bleached mullet and signature skin-tight pants, Webb described his fashion philosophy as “Anything pink rocks. Anything animal-print rocks. Anything skintight,” he told The New Yorker in 2007.
“Lower and tighter” was his mantra.
Webb worked at Trash and Vaudeville until 2016, when the store moved to Seventh Avenue. A year later, he opened his own shop, I Need More, on Orchard Street. In a final act, he hosted a party in February at the boutique — where Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop imprinted their hands and feet in its concrete floor. The shop closed for good in June.
“He was just so magnetic, if you will. It was like anybody who dressed rock ‘n’ roll would be like ‘Ooh yeah, Jimmy,’” said petition organizer Nate Dal Cais, a musician and independent record-label owner.
As of Thursday evening, 4,629 people had signed their support of the renaming, which must be approved by the local community board.
“He was such an icon, and this is another way of honoring him and showing that people do live on past their existence. One hundred years from now, people will see the sign and be like ‘Oh who is that?’ . . . he definitely deserves the recognition,” Dal Cais said.
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