Fade Friday – Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)


Skull Jeans, a repro denim label created by Japanese clothing and accessories brand FabFour, has maintained a relatively low profile over the last couple of  years. Despite being hard to find, Skull Jeans’  selective line up (ranging from simple jeans to leather accented chambray shirts) is impressive. One of my favorite aspects of their collection is the 14.5 oz reversible denim jacket, a piece I would recommend taking a look at.

This week’s Fade Friday features a pair of 14.5 oz Skull Jeans 5010xx  made out of a 6×6 Pima Cotton Blend (referring to the thickness of the warp vs. weft threads and yarns, 6×6 being the second lightest weave Skull Jeans use.) Belonging to style blogger and founder of thirdlooks.com, Rocky Li, this pair of jeans have “been put through a lot,” as the photos suggest.

Rocky has washed these jeans around half a dozen times over 4 years, however he purchased this pair second hand (albeit in a “near-raw condition”) and so it’s impossible to know how many times these have been put through the wash.

It’s interesting to point out that judging by the Levi’s styled red tab on the vertical seam of the rear pocket. From that we can tell that unless this pair of jeans was purchased in Asia, they will have been made pre 2007, making them six years old!


  • Name: Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6
  • Weight: 14.5 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim tapered cut
  • Denim: 100% Pima Cotton
  • Length of Wear: 4 years
  • Number of Washes: Unknown
  • Available at: Blue In Green

Photos – Before (Source: blueingreensoho.com)

Before, Front - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)

Before, Back - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)

Photos – After (Source: thirdlooks.com)

Laid Flat - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)

Close-up - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)

Back - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes) Back Pockets - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes) Cuff - Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6 (4 Years, Unknown Washes)


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  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    why cant people take pictures of their denim when they are wearing it! isnt that the whole point, that it conforms to your body. it doesnt conform to the floor so why photograph it there.

    • MosquitoControl

      Because that’s much, much harder to do and harder to light, it makes it much harder to see how it aged for those reasons, and it leads to a whole lot of strangers closely analyzing your ass and critiquing your style and fit choices. Some people just want to show aged denim, not have people say “I hate those shoes with it, it’s too long, and your ass looks huge.”

    • jjjjjj

      im here to check out the denim, man. not the person wearing it.

    • chicagolaw1

      I’m in 100% agreement with you on this one.

  • b_F

    if these jeans are 4 years old (or even 6, what I highly doubt as FabFour always made the red tab available for those who knew where to buy), the denim is made of Texas cotton then. The Pima cotton denim wasn’t introduced before 2011.

    • yoyoyoy

      As you can see in the photos above, the Skull Jeans available at Blue in Green (and I assume to all other US retailers) are without the Levi’s styled tab. Also the Pima Cotton was introduced to Skull Jeans made in 2009, meaning this 4 year old pair is in fact constructed out of Pima Cotton.

      • b_F

        Yeah the photos are most likely taken from BiG just some days ago. So that has nothing to do with it and of course they only show what’s allowed. With my comment “to know where to buy” I obviously meant buying directly from Japan.

        When Hiroshi-san says he switched in 2009 who am I to question that? I just checked and the first talk about the new denim was in 2010. Still Sufu might have been late on that issue then or communication between retailers and customers was slow.

  • jjjjj

    these are dope. ive always enjoyed looking at skulls. but i wonder what it is about the brand that made a well respected retailer stop carrying them, saying theyre no longer up to par quality wise. was it the cotton?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326974874 Kyle Brooks Robinson

      According to Self Edge, it was due to very inconsistent deliveries (like the jeans being out of stock for long periods of time) and subpar construction quality in newer batches, I’m not sure if the change in cotton had much to do with it (SE sells other jeans that use Pima cotton, like the new 3Sixteen 30BSPs.) I have no experience with Skulls so I don’t know if it’s true or not, but the brand’s popularity on SuFu absolutely tanked after that incident. Lots of people seem happy with their jeans, though. And these are definitely a nicely-faded pair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HiroshiYamazaki.fabfour 山崎 浩史

    Hi !

    Very cool wall here.
    I am Fab Four’s owner designer’s Hiroshi Yamazaki.
    Thank you for introducing our denim.
    I am very glad to have you use regularly in this way.

    Incidentally, it is in 2009 that I changed into the Pimacotton.

    • MuscleMane

      sir, were you sued by Levis for using a red tab? i saw a documentary about jeans and how levis hunts down people and sues them just for using the red tab or any V shaped pocket design!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386332129 Nezar Ibrahim

    I’d say that there isn’t enough pictures. They are great, but not many pics to back that off. Also I’d prefer to also see a fitpic.

  • jojo

    Mate, youre a proper cunt

  • Trevor Hsu

    These are some beat ass jeans. One of the oldest jeans on a fade Friday post in a while. Good job.

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