Iggy Pop Gets On The Bong

Chris Cote
Written by Chris Cote

“I don’t have great taste in clothes, so I don’t wear much of them. I usually wake up and stay nude for three or four hours…and when I feel like getting formal, I’ll put on boardshorts…Life is better in boardshorts.”—Iggy Pop

To celebrate his new collaboration with Billabong LAB, Iggy Pop is on a media blitz with the Bong. Recently, Iggy met up with the world’s greatest goofy foot, Mark Occhilupo on his show, The Occ-Cast. It’s a slightly awkward, but overall an endearing and interesting conversation between two legends.

First off, Mark Occhilupo is one of the greatest surfers ever and if you were a surfer coming of age in the mid-eighties early 90s, Occy was no doubt on your list of favorite surfers. If you were/are a goofyfoot, Occy tops that list. Occy’s video podcast, The Occ-Cast, mostly has pro surfers as guests, guys you may have heard of like, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Mick Fanning, etc. But every once in a while, Occy gets guest “guests”, like actor, Kevin Dillon, and in his latest episode, Occy meets up with the one-and-only, Iggy Pop.

Here’s the press release:

Iggy Pop recently teamed up with Billabong to create the Iggy Pop X Billabong LAB, a collection of men’s and women’s surf trunks, t-shirts, hoodies, etc.

Billabong today released the Iggy Pop x Billabong LAB collection, an exclusive apparel and accessory collaboration with one of the world’s most legendary and iconic musicians.

Once a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of Napalm, these days Iggy’s more notorious for lounging all day at the beach or pool in boardshorts. “I usually wake up and stay nude for three or four hours,” Iggy says. “And when I feel like getting formal, I’ll put on boardshorts. Life is better in boardshorts.”

The Iggy Pop x Billabong LAB collection was largely inspired by Iggy’s gig posters that appeared in the music venue halls of the ‘80s and ‘90s. These prints are an authentic tribute and a graphic history of Iggy’s legendary lust for life and thread the entire collection of boardshorts, graphic tees and pullovers. The wetsuit top titled, “Wild Thing Glide Skin,” cross-pollinates Billabong’s surf DNA with Iggy’s proto-punk attitude. This memorable tiger print leather jacket from the seminal album, Raw Power, has been redesigned and is now waterproof and ocean ready.

The Iggy Pop x Billabong LAB collection is a personal, fun and truly original collaboration that authentically reflects Iggy’s attitude towards life and art. It comes through Billabong LAB, a division of the company that supports artists, musicians, designers, photographers and surf icons and is available globally at select specialty retailers and online at




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Chris Cote

Chris Cote

Host of The Monday M.A.S.S., Mayor of Encinitas, CA.