The best indie sleaze gifts, from band merch to disco pants

Of all the nostalgic trends that resurfaced last year, perhaps the most unexpected was the return of indie sleaze. Capturing this brief cultural and stylistic period between the turn of the millennium and the late 2000s, the indie sleaze gestures towards a specific subset of the “naughty:” think of this period after MySpace and just before Tumblr: eye- pickled liner, flash photography, scarves and skinny jeans, all things American Apparel and the slew of party photos documented on The Cobrasnake. In the grand scheme of things, indie sleaze might have been just a blip, and yet the the intrigue and nostalgia of this era has never been higher.

For many people, indie sleaze is also the rebirth of indie rock in New York during the 2000s, led by The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, LCD Soundsystem, and more – yet another arena where grime, grunge, and intentional mayhem reigned supreme. Below, we’ve rounded up the best indie sleaze-core gifts to give away this holiday season – from rare band merch to disco pants to the holy grail of indie sleaze makeup – so whether you’re attacking the indie sleaze of fashion, beauty, or musical perspective, this list has you covered.

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