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July 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Nobody commented on this gent right here? This is one of the “trillest” pictures on here, if i may use the fitting hip hop term. Straight up. Dude is fresh.
July 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm
there is life outside of fashion :)
July 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm
That’s where I wanna live. OUTSIDE of the confines of fashion. He is DOPE (arms crossed, lips pursed)!
July 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm
That guy is amazing!! I’ve never seen someone like that before! He rocks :-)
Best from London,
July 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm
I dig it.
July 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm
This mix of genres really works too! I love the scarf on the head!
July 23, 2013 at 9:19 am
in Bali it’s called ‘udeng’
July 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm
This is great!! I agree with exactly what you wrote, traditional clothing along with some Gucci. Nice!
July 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm
A whole new view on the gangsta look, I like it!
July 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm
I’d wrap my head in a scarf if I could but the thing doesn’t stay put !
Love the umbrella and the sarong.
July 23, 2013 at 9:22 am
that’s not umbrella, but a pack of incense
July 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Scott, you should have a contest for nicknaming this man.
July 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm
He may be wearing a vintage sarong from his family’s collection. These were batiks that were made in the 8Os in street-side open studios, resplendent of color and technique – rare beauties.
July 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm
This is one of your best pictures fashion-wise. I like it so much that I might just make this my background picture on my mac.
Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/
July 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Bad ass! But I have to admit, I am confused by the bulge above his waistband/sash.
July 23, 2013 at 1:37 am
Me too, initially. Hahah! But then it hits me that it must have been from knot (?) he makes to tie up his sarong. Anyway i like how the sarong folds in front. Never saw that before. I’ve to learn it.
July 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm
that is the knot on the sarong
July 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm
nothing fashionable about poverty.
July 23, 2013 at 12:42 am
Money cant buy taste either, Mr Michael R
July 23, 2013 at 1:11 am
I tend to agree. Scott described it as fashion inspiration. Is it inspiration or necessity? It’s probably hot and humid in Bali today, hence the tank top top and skirt. Unless Scott can verify the young man admired the Gucci brand, I’m guessing the brand item is more an effect of trickle-down. One need not feel ashamed of the luxury of fashion but please, assigning a fashion sense to the young man surrounded by a poverty-stricken environment only blurs the irony of Gucci far, far away from the glam streets of Europe.
August 30, 2013 at 12:55 am
He is wearing fake gucci and yes it is easy to find them in Bali. But this photo is not about the gucci he wears, but the singlet and sarong put together, and the shoes he is wearing stands out in the photo. This man is clearly not poor. You can see from the shoes he is wearing and the sarong he is wearing. Sarong is not easy to make and it is not cheap either. If he can afford that, clearly he is not poor. He got tattoos on his hand. If he is poor, he wont be able to afford that tattoo. I am Indonesian myself. Even if you live in a poor country, does not mean we do not want to look good. I grew up in a village in Indonesia and we are not rich at all, but my grandma love vibrant colours and she knows how to mix and match dresses she has in the wardrobe, and she doesnt have that many. You
July 23, 2013 at 1:49 am
What poverty? We don’t know anything about him. He’s probably at the back of the pasar = wet market. So much things go into the whole look, to go to the market. I’d say he’s got style.
Anyway, nobody says someone living in poverty can’t have fun in fashion. They’re human too.
July 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm
poverty??? if u come to my country…Indonesia…(Bali,-one of province)…u would find many artistic and traditional fashion. batik, saroong, tenun/woven,and many more. respecting other’s heritage….means u respect YOURSELF. mix matching fashion is an art.
July 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm
I don’t believe anyone said you can’t enjoy fashion without lots of money. Or, that people living in “poorer” conditions aren’t human. You obviously missed the point. There are more things to be “seen” in this photo than the Gucci shirt or the regular outfit worn by many in Bali. More needs to be said. Oh, and yes, we all know that money can’t buy taste…just keep watching.
July 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm
+1 Michael. I’ve tried to show my agreement but I guess my arguments were too strong for the moderators. I think the replies missed Michael’s original point and that is unless Scott verified the thought process of the photograph’s subject, it’s a bit self-serving to assign a fashion choice to someone that perhaps does not enjoy that luxury. No assumptions should be made either way as to his station in life – just ponder the dichotomy in the photograph.
July 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm
You stated it more clearly. Thank you westcoasttiger.
July 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm
Some of my my friends have extremely wealthy parents and credit cards that are paid by them. They buy Chanel, Burberry and Hermes but yet they do not know how to put an outfit together.
My other friends who are not so wealthy, but wears APC, Converses and old jeans but their outfits are so personal and stylish.
So Michael, do we have to “keep watching”?
July 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Thank you very much, Nadia. It’s often frustrating the assumptions made about those who live in developing countries. We, too, enjoy fashion and can make it work for us with a minimal budget, thank you very much. The man in this pic looks fly as hell.
July 23, 2013 at 4:58 am
July 23, 2013 at 7:06 am
Not just me then?
Sometimes the comments here are beyond parody.
July 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm
I love this! The shade of blue of his shoelace makes the entire look standout. This is individual style personified!
July 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm
what this man wears has Nothing to do with fashion
July 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm
Poverty in the 3rd world is so sad
July 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm
It’s so glamorous
July 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm
So is poverty in the first world…
Antonio Jose Guzman
July 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm
This is one if the best pictures taken by scoot, is master and a true classic, I see no poverty at all in this picture, if I will you make pictures in NYC or Paris backstreets you will get the same result, in the 3rd world most people shine and smile more than in the western world. look how sharp and proud this guy is standing, the batik skirt, the Gucci 80s logo, his scarf and style is maximum fashion, this is the fashion that is no repetitive that is cross cultural and is born from global cultures, this is pure beauty. Scoot comes along way since he started with this blog, He’s photographic work is much mature nowadays and is a blessing that he is a star! Keep the good work !
July 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm
At first I didn’t like this, but then i looked at it more, and now I love this picture. He has it down.
July 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Do you really think this young man got up this morning looking to make a fashion statement?
July 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm
I’m not sure this gentleman intentionally mixed genres. I don’t know him personally, but perhaps he’s wearing a Gucci shirt because that’s one of only a few shirts he owns? I’m no expert on poverty, but having grown up poor myself I frequently wore hand-me-downs. Many of the articles of clothing I wore came with images and words (and sometimes holes, like the shirt above) on them that I didn’t particularly care for.
Something about this photo makes me uncomfortable, but I am drawn to it at the same time. I think the photo would be more powerful without a caption. In this instance, the caption distracts me from the image.
August 13, 2013 at 1:54 am
Exactly, very well said.
- from someone who grew up lower middle class in the 3rd world.
July 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm
The “bulge” around his waist is a kinda belt to hold his sarong. Both the “belt” (made of batik cloth) and the sarong are essential wear for Balinese when they perform their numerous religious rituals or when to enter temples. Even foreigners or tourists, when entering some sacred temples, must wear these. I’m quite sure Scott did and hence where are the pics?
July 23, 2013 at 12:51 am
I find it a bit fanciful to think this guy is making any sort of sartorial comment – intended or otherwise – on mixing up clothing genres. All this pic says to me is ‘I live in grinding poverty’, which is the reality for most Balinese.
July 23, 2013 at 1:28 am
agree! this is amazing! :)
July 23, 2013 at 4:34 am
Translate it to black & white and you have 100% Y Yamamoto-look.
July 23, 2013 at 4:43 am
lovely fashion sense with what he had he created something phenomenal. nice
July 23, 2013 at 6:49 am
o.O So strange!
July 23, 2013 at 7:33 am
Garance lets us dream….opposites attract
July 23, 2013 at 8:35 am
Wow this is so inspiring and unusual – and a double bonus that he’s not in a fashion week context or environment…
July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am
the sartorialist on the other side of town…
Lala de Dios
July 23, 2013 at 9:36 am
Mix is great and the sarong is a masterpiece. As has been said probably not made now.
July 23, 2013 at 9:44 am
Now, THIS is cool as hell! Bootleg singlet with a traditional sarong and sneakers! I dig!
July 23, 2013 at 10:30 am
Very nice pic. Great day.
July 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm
July 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Love this photo. Makes me really wonder about this man and the circumstances that influence his look
July 24, 2013 at 5:43 am
July 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Superb pic. This guy is real! You could find more guys like him in Bali.
Fashion is something that you feel comfortable to wear.
Not trying to please others.
July 25, 2013 at 12:17 am
This is just a beautiful photograph: kick ass composition, interesting subject, lusciousness of color and a subtle sense of mystery. One of the best ever here.
July 26, 2013 at 6:23 am
I saw the pic and was shocked by it. The irony of a European luxury brand, and what it means to the wearer, played against the poverty also portrayed in the image is what is most compelling to me. Reading the comments, this reminds me that context invests so much meaning in a photo. If this was in National Geographic, it would elicit a different response from an entirely different audience.
August 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm
This guy has obvious style. PERIOD. Why can’t he just be given his moment without people projecting their issues about class? Geez.
November 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm
I really wish sarongs were more acceptable for men in the US. I wear one around the house and pretty much the whole time I’m at Burning Man. Super comfortable and looks great with almost anything. I wouldn’t care if I didn’t live in a fairly conservative suburb as the father of 3 kids. Anyway, great pic.