James Dean Photos 1 - 10 Essentials of Living Fast and Dying YoungJames Dean Photos 1 - 10 Essentials of Living Fast and Dying Young

1. The Motorcycle
Whether it's a Harley, an Indian, a Triumph, or Dean's first bike -- a Czech Whizzer -- it's got to be ridden fast and without a helmet.
Photo by <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, James Dean, 1955.

James Dean Photos 2 - 2. The Leather JacketJames Dean Photos 2 - 2. The Leather Jacket

A Schott Brothers Perfecto -- also the jacket of choice for infamous bad boys Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen -- gave Dean an air of tough-guy mystery. Even if you're taking a steam in a sauna, yours must be worn at all times.
Photo by <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, James Dean, 1955.

James Dean Photos 3 - 3. The Expensive HabitJames Dean Photos 3 - 3. The Expensive Habit

In the spirit of Dean's need for speed, you'll want to get yourself access to a racetrack and a few cream-of-the-crop stock cars.
Photo by James Dean. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.

James Dean Photos 4 - 4. The SwitchbladeJames Dean Photos 4 - 4. The Switchblade

You want to settle your problems the Dean way? Forget about talking it out or taking a trip to civil court -- there's no room for Johnny Law in Dean's world. Instead, whip out your switchblade and remember your new motto: "The guy who's right is the guy who lives."
Photo by <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, James Dean, 1955.

James Dean Photos 5 - 5. The MuscleJames Dean Photos 5 - 5. The Muscle

Show off your Dean-like physique with a wide-open button-down, and when it's time for action, be ready to land that KO punch.
Photo by <i>East of Eden</i>, Dick Davalos, James Dean, 1955.

James Dean Photos 6 - 6. The Shrug-Sideways Glance ComboJames Dean Photos 6 - 6. The Shrug-Sideways Glance Combo

Was Dean waiting to tell her something important, or brooding about the unfair standards he was held to? Who knows? The lesson here is simple: It's the posture -- not the thought process -- that's going to keep her guessing and interested.
Photo by <i>East of Eden</i>, Julie Harris, James Dean, 1955.

James Dean Photos 7 - 7. The Authority ProblemJames Dean Photos 7 - 7. The Authority Problem

Dad's already told you you'll never amount to anything, but you still feel the need for his approval. Just like Dean, be sure to use this to fuel your hatred of all authority figures.
Photo by <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, Jim Backus, James Dean, Ann Doran, 1955.

James Dean Photos 8 - 8. The HairstyleJames Dean Photos 8 - 8. The Hairstyle

It's got to be a shellacked pompadour -- something that won't budge when you're on a bike or making your date swoon. Be like Dean, and make sure the do tapers into sideburns that are just a little too long for John Q. Public's comfort.
Photo by James Dean. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.

James Dean Photos 9 - 9. The Animal MagnetismJames Dean Photos 9 - 9. The Animal Magnetism

You want to pull a true Dean move? Maintain eye contact, keep a little distance, and keep it casual -- you can even be lying down -- and the ladies will be drawn in like flies to honey.
Photo by <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, James Dean, Natalie Wood, 1955.

James Dean Photos 10 - 10. The SmokeJames Dean Photos 10 - 10. The Smoke

During Dean's most rebellious years, the surgeon general was still about a decade away from exposing the deadly side effects of smoking. Even though Dean never knew the truth about cigarettes, we're now lucky to know how harmful they are. Still, if you want to do the dumb thing and pick up Dean's ill-informed and deadliest habit -- which we strongly advise against -- you'll need to choke down two packs a day of his favorite brand: Chesterfield.
Photo by James Dean. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.

The ten James Dean essentials to living fast and dying young.

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