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Jack White

Upholstery apprenticeship


In late 1990, White begins working as an upholsterer’s apprentice for family friend Brian Muldoon. Muldoon introduces him to punk rock. White writes secret messages on the insides of the furniture to communicate with other upholsterers.

I used to believe that upholsterers should leave messages for each other because we’re the only ones that see the inside of furniture. I was always shocked. I worked at a shop with five other guys and I said ‘why don’t we write messages to each other?’