You wouldn’t be wrong if you said Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop leant their hands and feet to a punk rock-and-roll apparel store on the Lower East Side this week.
In a celebration called “Footprints in February,” store owner Jimmy Webb honored Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, who put their handprints, footprints and autographs in concrete on the floor of his Orchard Street shop.
Webb said when he decided to have these tributes in the store, similar to the famous ones with movie stars at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the first people he thought of were Iggy and Debbie.
Harry co-founded the musical group Blondie, which started in the New York punk scene and later became internationally renowned. Co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein was also on hand for the event.
Iggy Pop was co-founder and lead singer of the Stooges, the proto-punk legends that influenced a generation of performers.
Others attending the event included a slew of rock and punk royalty: Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N Roses, Henry Rollins, David Johansen of the New York Dolls, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and legendary music photographers Bob Gruen and Mick Rock were among the attendees.
Webb, an East Village and LES icon for decades, said he plans to add more hand and footprints of rock and punk legends in the future.