Fade Friday – Skull 5010xx 6×6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday – Skull 5010xx 6×6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes)

This week’s Fade Friday showcases a pair of Skull 5010xx 6×6 from Indigo Roots user, ranonranonarat. If you’d like to see the complete post with comments, hop over to the original thread.

The Skull 5010xx denim itself is made from 100% Pima cotton. Pima cotton, grown in Arizona and California, is known for it’s strength and durability. 6×6 refers to the thickness of the threat used. The smaller the number the thicker it is – similar to piercings or shotguns.

Skull is known for it’s super stiff and rich indigo which has contributed to the beautiful wear patterns in this pair. Another nice touch for the Skull 5010xx 6×6 is the use of white silver finish steel tack buttons that are polished by hand and copper plated steel rivets.

The Skull 5010xx have become super popular as of late due to the beautiful wear patterns and approachability of the denim.


  • Name: Skull 5010xx 6×6
  • Weight: 14.5oz
  • Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge – 100% Pima Cotton blend
  • Fit: Slim
  • Length of Wear: 12-14 months
  • Washes: 2 hot soaks and 4 washes


Front and Back - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes)

Back Closeup - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Belt Loop - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Coin Pocket - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Front - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Front Closeup - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Patch - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Traintracks - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes) Whiskers - Skull 5010xx 6x6 (12-14 Months, 2 Soaks, 2 Washes)

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  • Boris

    When you say “wash” when compared to a soak, are you saying that the person put it through a washing machine?

    • helping guy

      It doesn’t have to be a washing machine. a lot of people wash hand wash their raw denim. the most important thing, I guess, is the detergent factor

      • Stoner

        should you use woolite black if you want nice contrasting fades?

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

          yes woolite is good if you cannot find any denim soap, any detergent that is not too harsh will do the trick but woolite is well known for that.

  • http://twitter.com/SuMingHS Ryan Mack

    These look awesome!

  • Jun

    Devan come back please!

    • whorebucks

      FIT PICS FIT PICS FIT PICS FIT PICS FIT PICS. There you go, it’s like he’s here already.

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

      I’m the only one who really doesnt like these fades, the vertical fading is so close to the same shade as the knee fade which i find very odd, seems like it was washed 1-2 too many times. the leather patch is nice but that’s about it. the combs look pretty weak too. im not a fan.

      • Richalicious

        there he is ! :) glad to see the trolls didnt stop you comming back for your opinion :) i like the combs on the back and the leather patch but i’m with you on this one…. not a fan, but i doff my hat to ranonranonarat for posting

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

          me too, i still like seeing these kinds of fades.

          • asdfghjkl

            and you were saying you didnt like them. another proof that you dont know what you’re saying.

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

            i dont like them, but i enjoy seeing variety. i don’t always want to see super high contrasty fades that i really like, i enjoy the variety of fades presented here and i like seeing fades i don’t necessarily find nice.

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

      Jun, im probably the only one who doesn’t like these fades. the vertical fading is almost the same shade of white as the knee fade which i find very odd. i like the leather patch and whiskers are nice, but in the case of the whiskers the vertical fading reduces the contrast. the combs look pretty weak too, overall i think these jeans look very 2 dimensional. a fit pick would have been nice for these.

      • Thank You Based Devan

        Devan i love u

  • Harry Ross

    HOLY SH*T! excuse my language, but these are beautiful.

  • cincinnatus

    That leather is something to be proud of. Awesome.

    • Harry Ross

      Did the patch start off natural? I seem to remember skull jeans don’t use natural leather. Either way, it looks awesome.

  • JMNobody

    I personally like them, they look nice! Also like the large cuff & little to no leg twist…how come?

    • Young

      leg twist doesn’t always happen. it depends on how the fabric is woven. fabrics can be made in a way that minimizes leg twist while others don’t.

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

    Ever since SE dropped Skull, their jeans haven’t been very popular at all, actually. I’m sure they still make good jeans, but there’s no doubt that interest has significantly declined in the brand.

    I’m probably the only person other than Devan who doesn’t like this type of fading. The contrast is fine, and the darker parts of the jeans look nice, but I really dislike that grayish washed-out kind of fade on the thighs and rear (granted, these jeans have been worn a lot, and that will always happen eventually on almost any pair.) To me, the color of a faded pair of jeans is more important than the contrast, and this color combined with the texture of Skull’s sanforized denim just doesn’t really excite me.

    For me, the most interesting denims are always going to be the really dark, unsanforized/unsinged/uncalendared types (Eternal, Flat Head) or unusual denims that are created by hacking the shuttle looms or dyeing process (PBJ, Samurai; no, glow-in-the-dark and scratch n’ sniff denim does NOT count.) American and other occidental start-ups should take note of this and strive to develop uniquely-textured denims with a rich indigo color that will set them apart from all the other dry-goods-workwear-american-authentic-heritage brands that make high quality but ultimately bland jeans with no distinct identity of their own. 3Sixteen and 3Sixteen+ in particular are the only ones I can think of that have gone out of their way to make unique, unsanforized fabrics for their jeans.

    • anon

      I remember reading that SE stopped carrying Skull because they weren’t meeting their quality standards. When one of the only two stockists in North America stops carrying Skulls (BiG being the other) then I can see why they would drop in popularity. Not sure about the Asian market though.

      It’s very difficult for small brands to create their own unique denims. 3sixteen and Naked & Famous can do it because they have significant financial backing and industry connections. Smaller brands just don’t have the capacity to produce their own denim. While I’de love to see some of the smaller labels come out with their own unique denim, in many cases its just not a realistic option. I’d rather see these labels produce high quality items and grow their brands at a more affordable price.

      I’ve had PBJ. I’ve also had Rogue Territory (best denim investment I’ve ever made), Baldwin, Left Field and 3sixteen. Although the PBJ faded better than any denim I’ve ever had, they were no where in comparison to quality than my Rogue Territory or Left Feleds.

      I think people put too much emphasis on how the denim looks instead of the overall make up of the jean. Who cares if the denim has unique characteristics if the jeans aren’t made to last. Save yourself the money and invest in quality. They will last you longer and look better in the long run. Sorry for the rant. Just my 2cents.

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

        I know that it’s not feasible for a lot of brands to make their own denim right from the start, but I’m sure that there are some mills in Japan that offer stock fabrics with a bit more interesting character (though, maybe not? Maybe a lot of those are sanforized fabrics.)

        Since I’ve never heard of any jeans with amazing denim but crappy construction, I’m not sure that this is a relevant point. The only possible complaint that I can think of is that jeans which use all-cotton stitching may be more prone to thread breakage than brands which use poly/cotton core spun thread, which is a valid point. And as has been discussed (though maybe not here), unsanforized denim is more prone to damage than sanforized. But much of that can be negated by washing your jeans relatively often. Besides that, many of the machines necessary to furnish jeans with details I like (such as Durkopp button holes, bulging belt loops, etc.) seem to only exist in Japan.

        I owned a pair of PBJs and the construction was perfect. What, exactly, was so much better about the Left Field, Baldwin, etc. jeans?

        I know that brands like Left Field and Rogue Territory offer a great value for the money, but the denim is what really sets the top-tier Japanese brands apart from the rest. I hope that others will follow in Roy’s footsteps and develop original fabrics with a unique character. But personally, I’d rather have jeans with unique denim and details for a little more cash, compared to high-quality but less remarkable jeans at a more reasonable price point. I might feel differently if I lived a lifestyle that tore up my jeans pretty fast, but the longetivity of all-cotton vs. core spun and sanforized vs. unsanforized just isn’t really an issue for me.

        • anon

          I guess its just comes down to a difference in preferences. I respect that. Everyone has different tastes. I wasn’t trying to be argumentative, if my comment came off that way. I do agree with you on many of your points. It would be cool if more people could follow in Roy’s footsteps. The guy makes some incredible stuff.

          As for the PBJs, don’t get me wrong, they were great jeans. They just deteriorated much quicker than my other jeans. The construction was fine but the denim developed holes quickly and the threads broke easily. I think this is because PBJ uses a low tension weave and cotton threads. I do put them through hell and because of that I wash more frequently than most people. I also expect them to last especially when I’m dropping over $300 on a pair of jeans.

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

          Ah i totally agree! I like the small “special features” of brands like Oni Denim, occasionally Naked and Famous, Eternal or Samurai, i like the deeper indigo, and less of the kind of early american heritage kind of feel. i totally agree with you on all your points.

  • Hassaan

    This is just beautiful and a fresh relief compared to the heavy contrast fades found elesewhere. BTW guys, do your denim threads start becoming hairy about 1 month in? Mine are getting a bit hairy and personally i think look awful against the dark base denim underneath it. :(

  • indigomaniaa

    For my side even though I love vintage also some times there must be some artifical places on garment to give more taste.

    Back knee whiskers and vertical fading good on the back side but front there must be more darker place between whiskers and some vertical whisker can be add.Also if u put some button shadows this looks awesome.