Dreams really do come true.
Just ask Jimmy Webb, owner of rock boutique I NEED MORE, tucked on the quieter side of Orchard Street in the LES. Webb, immediately recognizable by his punker coiffure, tattoo sleeves and bright smile, had the wonderful idea to immortalize the footprints of his friends Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry in concrete.
On 24 February, he made it happen. With Iggy Pop in town for the Tibet House Benefit, Webb and his army of PR, managers, and the fantastic I NEED MORE staff welcomed Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry to the hot pink emporium with unbridled enthusiasm. As each person filed in one by one, they were greeted with cheers and big hugs from Webb.
Iggy and Debbie are immortalized on either side of the counter. Iggy was reluctantly persuaded to not cannonball into the concrete, although one could understand the temptation. Debbie gingerly stepped in wearing a pair of gorgeous red heels, and embellished her autograph with her signature X’s. Both pairs of shoes were given to Jimmy Webb as gifts, and will be on display at I NEED MORE, along with other amazing music memorabilia, unique pieces of art fashion, rock photography, and merch from your favorite bands.
Amongst the fans in the crowded shop were Henry Rollins, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Chris Stein, David Johansen and Mara Hennessey, famed photographers Bob Gruen, Godlis, Bobby Grossman, Roberta Bayley and Mick Rock; Danny Fields, Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, Sara Driver, and Nina Alu.
The atmosphere was joyful and vibrant, crackling with bright energy and massive smiles. Flowers from Elizabeth Ryan Floral Design decorated the hot pink space as everyone enjoyed the delicious catering provided by Erin McKenna’s Bakery and Long Meadow Ranch Winery.
Such a special moment in New York history. Go pay your respects!
All photos by Alice Teeple